CBS Urged To Scrap Tim Tebow Anti-Abortion Super Bowl Commercial
An ad that uses sports to divide rather than to unite has no place in the biggest national sports event of the year — an event designed to bring Americans together.
So there it is: America can’t handle 30 seconds of a little grown-up controversy.
Full disclosure: I disagree with Tim Tebow. I wholeheartedly defend a women’s right to choose. And frankly, I suffer from an acute case of Tebowian Fatigue-itis.
But this is disappointing. It appears we might be dodging an opportunity. Sadly, the U.S. apparently cannot have a civil discussion regarding a touchy subject. Pathetically, the U.S. apparently prefers brain-numbing unthink to demanding conversation. Allegedly, the Super Bowl is an event “designed to bring America together” (must have missed that … I thought it was an indulgent declaration of U.S. extravagance. And PS: it probably won’t bring Indy and New Orleans together).
Sports HAVE broached controversy before. Jesse Owens flipped the bird to Adolf Hitler at the ‘36 Olympics. Jackie Robinson stuck it to racists. Ditto Billy Jean King and the chauvinists, which would make a fantastic name for a rock band.
I realize those are somewhat clumsy analogies. How about Muhammad Ali breaking the law and protesting Vietnam? How about the Black Power demonstration at the ‘68 Olympics? I bet those were a little divisive.
The point is, American athletics haven’t always been afraid of stirring the metaphorical pot.
Ah, but we can’t do that today. Hell, most voters can’t conduct a fruitful debate outside the stadium or man cave. See: the health care (Town Halls devolving into WWE events; “Death Panels” and other popular forms of misinformation), climate change (misreadings and exploitations of “scientific” studies, legitimate or otherwise) and gay marriage (stereotypings and namecallings from both sides) “discussions.”
I realize many folks disagree. And I recognize some may feel offended by the commercial. But there’s a distinction between actual offense and simply airing opinions with which you might disagree. And Tebow’s ad represents the former.
But what have you to say, Tim?
That’s always going to be a part of who I am, and I won’t try to hide it … Pro-life is very important to me. My mother listened to God late in her pregnancy, and if she had listened to others and terminated me, obviously I wouldn’t be here. If others don’t have the same belief, it’s OK. I understand. But I hope they respect that at least I have the courage to stand up for what I believe in.
I guess Green and the other self-righteous soap-boxers cannot. But by all means, CBS, air the sexist beer commercials and the intellectually insulting ads of monkeys, farts, or whatever else the suits can cook up for a delightfully brain-dead American public. And after the game, we can switch to the latest offering of reality degradation and ridicule.
BUT PLEASE, I wouldn’t want to actually have to use my brain. Football, football, football!