Politics, religion & Sports

Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Thursday, February 04, 2010

So, I am sure y’all have heard about the ad Focus on the Family has submitted to CBS for airing during the Super Bowl…

The ad stars Tim Tebow and his mother and addresses the story about how, when his mom was pregnant in Panama and became ill, doctor’s advised her to abort the pregnancy as the baby might be still-born.

Focus on the Family is a strong advocate of the Pro-Life agenda and states on their website: “Focus on the Family is a global non-profit Christian organization with a vision for healing brokenness in families, communities and societies worldwide through Christ. The purpose of the ministry is to strengthen, defend and celebrate the institution of the traditional family and to highlight the unique and irreplaceable role that it plays in God’s larger story of redemption.”

I am not here to debate their mission. I believe everyone has a right to their own opinion on life, religion, politics, humor and any other subject you would like to mention.

My post today is to discuss whether this ad has a place during a sporting event and how far this whole issue could go.

The flames of the fire are burning brightly…

Already, The Women's Media Center, the National Organization for Women and the Feminist Majority and other groups have threatened to boycott the Super Bowl if CBS ran the ad.

Mr. Mike Celizic, over on nbcsports.com wondered if CBS would take an ad from an atheist group to run during the Super Bowl.

Our friend SOUTHERN (IN)SANITY wondered why the above mentioned groups were not boycotting when godaddy.com had Danica Patrick talking about her beaver, or when she was in the shower 'on demand' from some guy on the internet.

What I am curious to know is instead of an atheist group, would/will CBS take an ad from one of the groups who have threatened to boycott the Super Bowl?

Would CBS take an ad where the statistics of unwanted pregnancies resulting from rape or incest or the problems unwed single mothers have raising their children, if Roe v Wade was overturned and a woman was not given the opportunity of choice?

Would CBS put this same ad on during an episode of CSI? The Super Bowl ad is worth $2.5 million for a 30-second spot, whereas a 30 second spot on CSI costs about 1/10th of that.

We now know that CBS has refused an ad from a gay men's dating site, claiming it was not appropriate super bowl claiming it was not appropriate

In the end, the ad featuring Tim Tebow and his mom is an ad for choice...she made the choice to continue her pregnancy...

Personally, I would like to leave politics and religion out of sports.

What about you?

14 Of Your Sparks

  1. Travis Cody Says:
  2. My opinion on the appropriateness of CBS accepting the ad is...I have a mute button and I'm not afraid to use it. I'm not boycotting the Super Bowl because of someone's opinion. Maybe I'll boycott the commercial by muting it or going to the head when it airs.

    As you and I have discussed, my response to Mr Tebow and his mother is good for you! Mrs Tebow made an informed choice that could have gone either way and she was fortunate to have a healthy baby with no ill effects to her. It could have gone the other way, and then some pro-choice organization may have found the Tebow family and used the sad experience of their stillborn 5th child in an ad supporting a woman's necessary right to choose.

    At the end of the day, the ad as it runs really is an ad about a woman's right to choose. Mrs Tebow chose to have her child rather than abort it. I wonder if Focus on the Family and those organizations protesting the ad actually realize that.

  3. ...can't be any worse than an erectile dysfuntion ad...

  4. Schmoop Says:
  5. N.O.W. and the Women's Media Center are no better than the Bush Administration when they shouted down "un-Patriotic" Americans for "being against the war on terror".

    It's an ad. Let it be heard. Only really stupid people are swayed by ads. So, this pro-choice ad will make stupid breed. No biggie. It's not like that don't already.

    Seriously though..why should someone care if a "pro-life" ad gets run? WTF?


  6. Jay Says:
  7. The only thing that bothers me about CBS is their history of refusing advocacy ads from many different groups in the past, including the United Church of Christ and now, suddenly claiming that they had done away with that policy.

    And, most of all, turning the Super Bowl into the next great battleground of the culture war really pisses me off. Can't we just watch a damn football game without being preached to or lectured to or forced to take freaking sides on political issues?

  8. Dianne Says:
  9. I agree with Jay but of course I need to vent as well

    CBS has a long history of not running issue oriented ads

    and how the hell can they turn down an ad for a gay dating service? it's a product, a service - not an opinion

    Tebow's ad is an opinion, a personal story and I feel it has no place as a commercial

    I will also gladly admit that the Tebow kid is a royal PR whore to begin with

    must he really wear scripture references under his eyes

    what if another player wanted to wear 'god sucks'

    actually I assume it's only a matter of time before we find out Tebow raped a girl in HS or hangs out in airport bathrooms - it's always the holier than thous and the self righteous ones

    this whole freakin' thing bugs me

  10. Tug Says:
  11. This is America. If they have the money for the ad and are willing to pay for it, let it run. I have the choice whether to watch it or not.

  12. TRAVIS: Yes, we agree, in the end the commercial is about choice, but it is inappropriate for the time

    MATT-MAN: You do not care others do...

    PHFRANKIE: I am not a fan of those either

    JAY: thanks...you make excellent points

    DIANNE: I was going to delve into the eyeblack messages, which he will not be allowed to do in the NFL, but decided to leave it alone.

    TUG: Agreed..but the gay men's dating site had the money.. it is CBS's pick and choose attitude that is wrong

  13. Meribah Says:
  14. I'm Pro-life, but I don't think a sporting event is really the best place for preaching one's values. Most people won't appreciate it and very few will change their minds, either way. Just let the peeps enjoy the show.

  15. Tug Says:
  16. I totally agree. The gay men's dating site should have had theirs aired as well. I'm not a gay man, but hey, not all commercials are for me right? (I *know*, I thought I was spesh, too!) lol

  17. Jeff B Says:
  18. Well after all, it is the Saints who are in the big dance this year. Shouldn't we have some holy reference in the commercials?

    Seriously, the whole make a statement commercial bit is a bit annoying. I really just want to watch the game.

  19. ...it's Post O'clock, Vincent!...where are you?...

  20. Mimi Lenox Says:
  21. I think we should talk about what the cheerleaders are wearing this year and whether or not that fits into the evangelical dress code.

    I think we should talk about turf vs. grass and see if that brings out the Just Say No people.

    I think there are a zillion issues to talk about and all I wanna do is watch the game (**cough cough**) without a political statement - unless they're flying peace globes at halftime and then I'm all over it.

    The more people push opinions down others' throats using million dollar commercials or otherwise, just makes those targeted run AWAY...not TO their opinions.

    That is my humble opinion.

    I need to go to the store for Cheetos now.

  22. In hindsight, if not for the pre-Super Bowl hype, I really don't think the commercial would have been an issue. I was surprised that there was actually some humor to it.

  23. katherine. Says:
  24. curious what you thought after seeing both ads?

    The dating site ad was inappropriate. It would have been inappropriate with a f/m couple. There are other gay dating site ads which WOULD have been allowed by CBS. They did not reject the idea of gay couples...they rejected the content or this one ad.

    Same with the Tebow ad. They didn't rant about killing babies or demand Roe v Wade be overturned...nor did they quote scripture or proselytize. Ya gonna say any ad paid for by a religious group is out? Gonna start with Kentucky Fried Chicken? In and Out? How about NASCAR praying to Jesus on network television before every race?

    I think CBS made the right choice based on the content of the ads.

    I'm fairly certain if NOW or another ProChoice entity wanted to run an ad they would have been accepted by CBS.


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