Getting my Panties in a Bunch over a Not-That-Innocent Super Bowl ad.


Yesterday I allowed myself to get riled up about the Tebow family's Focus on the Phallic - er Family - Anti-Choice- oops - Pro-Life Super Bowl ad. I try my best to avoid rants on my Hot-For-Jesus Former Fundie blog. Rants just polarize the issue and cause eyes to glaze over. Whenever something pops up worthy of an opinion with zingers - I usually walk away. But once in a while I am willing to drop everything, including a few f-bombs, to say my peace.

I celebrated the day James Dobson announced he was leaving his radio show. Now I wonder if we've only seen the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the reach and legacy of the Jesus Movement 70s, the evangelical '80s, the neo-conservative 90s, the Turn-a-Blind-Eye 2000s. James Dobson's legacy is something we're going to be living with for a very long time.

The hypocrisy of the Tebow ad made me bite. That's what they want - atheist pro-choice nazi-feminists such as myself biting at something so innocent as a mother and son love-fest. And I bit hard.

Sometimes I just don't have it in me to walk away when they dangle that kind of meat out.

Here or at the blog site - what was your opinion about the Tebow ad?

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Tags: James_Dobson, Super_Bowl, Tebow, abortion, blog, feminism

Comment by Graham E. Lau on February 9, 2010 at 3:04pm
So, I purposely boycotted the superbowl for the first year I can remember due to this ad. I figured if CBS can air an anti-choice ad, but can't air other advocacy ads like the gay dating site ad they turned down, then I have no interest in watching their programming. I still watched the Tebow ad online. I have to say, the ad wasn't that bad. It's not what I agree with, but at least it wasn't filthy, ridiculous, or vulgar.

Here at CU Boulder, I've been told every spring an anti-choice group hangs large banners of aborted fetuses on a campus building. That to me is just going too far. Especially since this is a public school. I'm waiting to see if it happens and then to find out what I can do to put an end to it.

The Tebow ad wasn't that bad, I'm just worried that next year, when the superbowl is on FOX, that we may see something far worse. I hope this doesn't set the precedent that religious groups are allowed to have advocacy ads, but no one else is. That would piss me off. Churches already get tax breaks and huge support from the government. I don't see why they should get to air commercials with their opinions when other advocacy groups do not.
Comment by Shine on February 9, 2010 at 3:42pm
I like The Young Turks' analysis of the ad:

In principle, I am totally opposed to CBS' underlying ideological agenda. But I think that this ad really did more detriment for its supposed cause than good.
Comment by Graham E. Lau on February 9, 2010 at 5:56pm
Two things:

1) Shine, thanks for introducing me to The Young Turks. I had never heard of this radio show. I might be checkin' it out once in a while to get a young liberal viewpoint. Sweet.

2) Did Focus on the Family seriously fire over 700 employees and pay $300 million over that ad? Total fail!
Comment by Misty: Baytheist Living! on February 9, 2010 at 6:35pm
I agree.
CBS revealed total douche baggery by rejecting gay friendly adds, but accepting anti-choice adds.
Hypocritical. Disgustingly hypocritical.
Comment by Shine on February 9, 2010 at 7:47pm
Graham, TYT are great. I admire how they completely own up to being liberal, and will blatantly acknowledge that they are strongly opinionated. There is no "fair and balanced" guise, lol. Unfortunately, I have trouble finding a corresponding voice of conservatism. Do you have any recommendations for a conservative point of view? The closest that I think I have found is ReasonTv for a libertarian viewpoint. My problem is that so many of their videos lately just seem to devolve into sneering anti-Obama rhetoric; not that I am an Obamaphile or think that he should not be criticized, but I am sick of hearing sneering, condescending commentary that I feel solves nothing.
Comment by Graham E. Lau on February 9, 2010 at 8:01pm
Ya, that whole 'fair and balanced' crap that FOX News plays up just erks me. They're obviously not either of those descriptors, and yet their audience always use that as 'evidence' that their news in impartial. I usually get most of my news from NPR and BBC World Report. Both of those tend to lean toward the liberal viewpoint. I've seen my fair share of ReasonTv. I've never found a conservative news source that was straightforward without being over the edge.
Comment by Christine Vyrnon on February 9, 2010 at 10:11pm
Graham - My understanding is that it was $$2.6-3 million - not $300 million. I would like to know more about the layoff too. Also - good point about FOX having the Super Bowl next year. Should be very interesting to see who gets the commercial breaks.

This is the first I've heard that CBS turned down gay friendly ads. But - it would fit the FOTF agenda - they are quite anti-GLBT - which adds another layer of irony/hypocrisy - because they would NOT be in support of children being adopted into by LGBT parents.

Shine - Thanks for posting the TYT video. I've seen them before - and appreciate the reminder that they are out there. I will definitely follow up on the layoff comment.

I don't agree that it is a detriment to their cause. The USAToday article suggested that the awareness it will bring to FOTF is $10million. I think a lot of Pro-Lifers will gladly support FOTF for 'putting it out there.' They'll probably see a surge in support - both $$ and ideology. Because it was so tame and vague, they can use this as an example of how reasonable and kosher they are about their message. I don't think this ad will hurt them at all. I may be wrong. I'm also pretty wary of the power of fundagelicals.

I felt it was not as much a confusing ad - as an extremely deceptive ad... in addition to the hypocrisy - the deception makes me sick. They dumbed down their message and misrepresented their cause - like most ads -- and misrepresentation and dumbing down can be very very effective.
Comment by Filippo on February 10, 2010 at 12:23am
That ad was so anti-climatic lol. Three responses occurred with the people I was watching the superbowl with: 1) What ad? 2) Why'd Tebow just tackle his mom? 3) Tebow is so gay
Comment by Robert E. O'Dell on February 25, 2010 at 10:14pm
Thanks Shine for the Young turks link. Its a right on perspective, I think!
Comment by Shine on February 25, 2010 at 10:22pm
Robert, Young Turks do regular newscasts on YouTube on various topics ranging from politics to pop culture to sports. They do have an admittedly liberal viewpoint, but I feel that they at least do a good job at pointing out their own biases. (Although maybe I am so lenient with them because I generally agree with their biases.) Here's a link to their YouTube page.

Christine, I think that you are right, it's not a detriment to their cause. Regardless of how silly we might consider it, the ad probably did generate a lot of publicity for the organization. I had not thought of it like that, and I agree with your assessment. (Sorry for the super-delayed response, I think I accidentally unsubscribed to comments.)

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