26 January 2010

That's one Super Bowl commercial I know I won't be watching.

Actually, I'm so pissed off about it already that I will be watching (while ranting, of course) the anti-abortion commercial featuring Tim Tebow and his mom.

The Super Bowl is neither the time nor the place for bullshit political ads. And don't give me your bullshit, Gary Schneeberger (really?), spokesman for the conservative Christian group Focus on the Family:

"There's nothing political and controversial about it," he said. "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."

Do you really expect anyone to believe that? If it wasn't political or controversial, why would it be newsworthy nearly two weeks before the big game? Why would Tim Tebow be talking about his position on abortion? WHY WOULD THE AD TALK ABOUT ABORTION? You can't have a non-political, non-controversial discussion about abortion on a national scale. I'd love it if you could, but you can't. Trying to prompt that discussion on the biggest sports day of the year, where people will be gathered for drinking and having fun with their friends, is just plain dumb, I think.

Honest to fucking Christ. Do you think we're all a bunch of morons? Granted, Tebow clearly isn't the brightest bulb on the tree, given his stellar grasp of the English language: "I've always been very convicted of it (his views on abortion) because that's the reason I'm here, because my mom was a very courageous woman. So any way that I could help, I would do it." Buddy, there are lots of things I wish you could be convicted of, including your anti-choice views.

Given what we know thus far, the anti-choice message of the ad is transparent. Mom was advised to abort, but didn't and God graced us with Tim fucking Tebow. See, ladies? You could be knocked up with a Heisman Trophy winner. How could you possibly have an abortion when you might hit the fucking jackpot? You can call the theme of the ad celebrating family and life all you want, but it's still an anti-choice message.

In the interest of full disclosure (and if it wasn't already clear), I can't stand Tebow (sorry Jen, if you still read my blog). The Boy I Currently Like and I spent a good portion of a Saturday night during college football season looking up the bible verses Tebow put on his eye black patches and then mocking/interpreting them. It's fine that you love Jebus and that your mom didn't abort you, but shut the fuck up about it, already.


Emily said...

Reminds me of the pro-lifers that hand out dead fetus pictures during my home town's 4th of July parade.


Jess said...

What are you talking about? Nothing says, "Happy Birthday America!" like a picture of a dead fetus.

This all reminds me of the little kids who told my seven-year-old nephew and his friends who were marching in a parade supporting the state house campaign of one of my sister's colleagues that "Democrats kill babies."


the iNDefatigable mjenks said...

I dislike the idea, too. When at ND, one football weekend a year, the pro-life groups on the campus would litter the quad in front of Touchdown Jesus with crosses representing all the feti killed via abortion.

That being said...someone brought up a good point: which is more offensive to women? The Tebow-abortion ad or the half-nekkid chicks selling Hardee's hamburgers?

Jess said...

I think the Tebow ad is more offensive, personally. Both insult my intelligence, both make my gender an object in one way or another (a sex object or an object for incubating a fetus), but only the Tebow ad is tacitly telling me I'm a bad person and the Tebows are better than me because I believe in a woman's right to choose.

Update: CBS is now open to other "responsibly produced" advocacy ads to run during the Super Bowl. *insert rolleyes here*

the iNDefatigable mjenks said...

Haven't we been told for the past four years how the Tebows are better than us, anyway?

Jess said...


Bill From Gainesville said...

Love me some Tebow,(in a non gay way) and if he knew you, he would not hate you because you believe differently about abortion then he does. The kid is just a good solid human being and the greatest COLLEGE football player that ever played the game. He can't help it that he is overexposed by the media and that people hate on him because of that. He just goes about his life living the best way he knows how. He is just a genuine person

Jess said...

Hey, no one will judge your love here.

I do believe that Tebow is sincere in his belief and that his mother had every right to make the choice she did. But that's the whole point -- she had a choice and just because everything worked out hunky dory for their family doesn't mean that everyone else is in the same position. Other women have every right to make a choice on a private, medical decision with their doctors. Her choice isn't the only one and it isn't the only right one and I resent them trying to tell me that is the case.

Also, I kinda feel like maybe Tebow and his family/their story (but Tim, especially) are being exploited by Focus on the Family (a homophobic and misogynistic organization, by the way).

He/They have every right to believe what they do and made decisions that worked out for them. That's great. But don't get on TV during the biggest football game of the year and try to tell me that your choice is the only choice and it's the only right choice.

(Thanks also for specifying college. You're very well-reasoned and calm, and I appreciate that and apologize a little for my vitriol.)

Jon said...

Best thing to do is change channels during the commercial.

It's like viagra commercials. I'm not particulary pleased with them, but if they want to pay for a commercial, that's fine. It's their buck, their idea and I don't have to waste my time if I don't care for the message.