Focus on the Family, the tax-exempt lobbying arm of intolerant Christianity, is running an Anti-Choice ad during the Super Bowl featuring the Great Tim Tebow and his mother, Pam, also known as Our Lady of Pontre Verda. CBS will collect $2.5 million for the ad.
The ad, funded by the Focus on the Family organization, is expected to tell the story of Tebow and his mother, Pam. Ill while pregnant with Tim, Pam refused suggestions to abort her son. Those who have seen the ad describe it as “uplifting.”
I have a lot of issues with F.O.T.F. and their hateful leader James Dobson. I think their tax-exempt status is complete bullshit. Dobson has blamed 9/11 on abortion, and in a 30-minute span driving through central Wisconsin a couple months ago, we heard F.O.T.F. radio suggest (in separate segments) that both Obama and Belgian EU President Yves Leterme were possibly the anti-Christ.
That being said, I have no problem with CBS airing the ad. While Broadcast networks have traditionally refrained from airing advocacy ads during the Super Bowl (including a proposed ’04 moveon.org ad), if Dobson wants to pay, and Tebow wants to lend his name, that’s fine with me. After all, I am pretty confident this is the closest Tebow will ever get to the Super Bowl. Let him have his 30 seconds. And while the ad may be “uplifting,” without near-naked girls or delicious melted cheese, I’m guessing the ad will be ignored or fly over the head of almost every viewer. Personally, I’ve stopped paying attention to Super Bowl ads since the demise of the Bud Bowl. R.I.P., Bud Dry!
Despite this, certain groups are clamoring for a Tebow-free Super Bowl. As someone who has the opportunity to erase a lot of e-mails from liberal advocacy groups, I’ve noticed a couple in the past few days asking me to tell CBS to refuse to air the ad. Christ. Part of me actually wants to take the time to open these e-mails, find a contact person, and type something like this,
“Dear Well-Intentioned Liberal Activist,
While we both agree on two things: (1) a woman’s right to chose; and (2) that Tim Tebow’s skill-set does not transfer to the NFL-level, do you see the counter-productivity of fighting this stupid 30-second ad?
This is what Focus on the Family wants: to play the victim. If CBS adheres to your wishes and refuses to air the ad, F.O.T.F. will simultaneously portray themselves as victim of the nonexistent “Librul Media” and save $2.5 million. The ad will go viral and get more attention than if you just let them have their 30 seconds in the first place.
While I appreciate your zeal on behalf of American Women, maybe your energetic activism might be better applied to different avenues…
Finally, with Dwight Freeeny’s injury status, I’m really starting to like the Saints (+6). Where are you at on this?
A Guy Who Ended Up On Your Mailing List”
But that’s just part one of the story: CBS ok’s Anti-Choice Advocacy Ad. Part Two: CBS refuses to run a commercial from the gay dating site mancrunch.com.
In the ad two sports fans are watching an NFL game and discover their mutual affection over a bowl of chips. They proceed to make out to the surprise of another sports fan watching nearby.
The official rejection letter from CBS offered a vague explanation for its refusal to run the ad.
“CBS Standards and Practices has reviewed your proposed Super Bowl ad and concluded that the creative is not within the Network’s Broadcast Standards for Super Bowl Sunday,” it stated. “Moreover, our Sales Department has had difficulty verifying your organization’s credit status.”
Earlier this week, CBS said it would only allow advocacy ads that were “responsibly produced.”
Think about this. This is too inappropriate for professional football? A sport with skin-tight pants and constant man-hugs and ass-slapping? A sport with positions like “Wide Receiver,” “Tight End,” and “Long-Snapper?” A sport where each play begins with a man thrusting his ass in the air, while another man (the QB) places his hands so close to the Center’s undercarriage that he can feel the heat emanating from his taint? (To be fair, the Saints & Colts do run a lot of “shotgun-sets.”)
This event’s halftime show has also featured such masculine icons as Prince & Michael Jackson.
Second, this is not an advocacy ad. This is a commercial for a dating website. If this is an “advocacy” ad, then what does match.com advocate? The right for a couple desperate scrubs to get together out of fear of being alone? That’s more offensive to my sensibilities. (no offense, anyone.) Finally, the “credit status” of the company seems to be a complete cop-out, considering the company offered $2.5 million cash.
I think there’s only one conclusion to draw. The acceptance of the Tebow ad and the refusal to accept the $2.5 million from a gay dating site shows the incredible bias of our Conservative Media. I’m going to feign some outrage!