This morning Hillary Clinton announced, via Twitter, she had given an extensive interview with Girls creator/star Lena Dunham. The sit-down between the very guarded 2016 White House candidate and the Spokeswoman of Gen Overshare will be unveiled Tuesday on Dunham’s Lennyletter.com.
The segment includes comedy sketches filmed at Clinton’s Brooklyn campaign headquarters – there’s even a cameo in the segment by comedy’s new It Girl, Amy Schumer! — according to Politico, which got the first look.
“I’m always a little bit puzzled when any woman of whatever age, but particularly a young woman, says something like, ‘Well, I believe in equal rights, but I’m not a feminist.’ Well, a feminist is by definition someone who believes in equal rights,” Clinton says in the chat.
In an old-school phoner with CNN this morning, Dunham said she’s a longtime Clinton supporter and concedes Clinton “does have a connection to a previous decade.” But, Dunham wants millennials to “get to know Hillary as a person…to show young women she was also, at one point, a woman at a crossroads, young, confused – she wasn’t always this sort of political titan figure that she presents us today.”
Clinton’s news comes days after she brightened up her guarded image, playing telephone with Donald Trump-impersonator Jimmy Fallon on Tonight Show, scoring big numbers for that late night show against new competitor Stephen Colbert, while taking no tough questions. Based on the short clips released from the Dunham interview, it appears that will be more of same in that regard.
Fox News Channel contributor/National Review reporter Katherine Timpf did not bother waiting to see Dunham’s interview with Clinton before posting her review:
“Just when I thought things couldn’t get any more pathetic, Politico announced that it will publish a video on Tuesday of Girls creator Lena Dunham interviewing America’s Favorite Hip Grandmother Hillary Clinton,” Timpf wrote today. “Serioulsy [sic], I’m trying to imagine something more hack than a Lena Dunham/Hillary Clinton interview about “feminism,” but am having a hard time because I don’t think it exists. One thing I do know for sure: When I watch it, I’m going to feel nauseated as I try to decide which Cool Feminist is fan-girling harder over the other one.”
Similarly, Fox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly scoffed at Obama’s March 2014 interview on Funny or Die’s Between Two Ferns web series hosted by Zach Galifianakis, saying Abraham Lincoln would not have done that. President Obama, responding, said President Lincoln had a sense of humor and would have done an interview with the site, had the Internet been invented in that century. Lincoln could not be reached for comment.
But, more to the point, Obama’s Ferns interview boosted Healthcare.gov’s traffic 40%.