NOTE: An edited version of my article was originally published by Technorati at http://technorati.com/entertainment/tv/article/super-bowl-drama-pro-choice-groups/
The figures are out! According to www.hollyscoop.com Super Bowl XLIV was the first sporting event ever to exceed 100 million viewers. Sunday’s game drew 106.5 million viewers, demolishing previous Super Bowl records and blasting 1983’s M*A*S*H finale, which garnered 105.97 million viewers.
Depending on who you ask, Super Bowl commercials typically generate as much excitement as the actual game. This year was certainly no exception, especially one that hadn’t even aired yet.
Last week, addressing the feminist outrage over a planned Focus on the Family Super Bowl ad featuring Tim Tebow & his mother Pam, Gary Schneeberger, a spokesman for Focus on the Family stated, “There’s nothing political and controversial about it…When the day arrives, and you sit down to watch the game on TV, those who oppose it will be quite surprised at what the ad is all about.”
Truer words have not been uttered since Michael Jackson’s soprano-voiced crooning of “Billie Jean is not my lover…”
What WAS all the fuss about?
Forming gross presumptions about the ad’s content, feminist groups clamored for the spotlight, decrying the 30 second ad…which no one had ever seen…as anti-abortion, controversial, divisive. Over 30 women’s advocacy groups and other liberal organizations sent a letter to CBS demanding the ad be pulled. Jehmu Green, president of Women’s Media Center, issued a statement to Reuters. Claiming the ad “uses sports to divide rather than to unite”, Green said, “We are calling on CBS to stick to their policy of not airing controversial advocacy ads… and this is clearly a controversial ad.” Her Twitter comments shortly before noon on Super Bowl Sunday said, “CBS decision 2 air Tebow ad is sexism.”
Additionally, an on-line poll conducted by nydailynews.com asking “Should CBS pull Tim Tebow’s pro-life Super Bowl ad?” concluded with the following results:
28% YES. It’s not appropriate for a football game
65% NO. Let him tell his story.
7% DOESN’T MATTER, I’ll be getting snacks during the break.
Why is it that a movement screaming for tolerance is willing to indulge anyone and everyone UNLESS they fear there is a message contrary to THEIR opinion? The irony to all this hypocrisy is that with such ludicrous knee-jerk emotionalism, whiners at the Women’s Media Center, N.O.W., Planned Parenthood, Feminist Majority and their ilk continue to make fools of themselves, inviting mockery as they expose the truth behind their intolerant liberal agenda.
One look at the innocuous Focus on the Family ad and any rational adult would surmise all the needless drama surrounding this commercial was nothing more than foolish feminist bigotry. Irony, indeed.