As you have heard, CBS has accepted a propaganda ad from the misogynistic religious extremists at the so called "Focus on the Family" (FOTF) while rejecting two ads with gay content. This blatant bigotry from what Jolly Roger aptly has referred to as the Jesustan Bullshit Service is going to cost that network a lot of viewers, and it should. Christopher at From the Left is going to avoid watching the Super Bore, and lots of lgbt viewers will punt the Jesustan Bullshit Service entirely in a media landscape with so many alternatives.
Credo has put together an Action Alert asking CBS to be consistent and not accept the ad from the dangerous religious extremists at FOTF.
The broadcast networks that air the Super Bowl have historically rejected advocacy ads. Yet CBS, which is airing the Super Bowl this year, has accepted an anti-choice ad by the ultra-conservative group Focus on the Family.
Focus on the Family's "celebrate life" (read: anti-choice) ad features Heisman Trophy-winning college football star Tim Tebow. And CBS approved this anti-choice ad, even though the network has repeatedly rejected advocacy ads in past years including a 2004 MoveOn.org ad that went after then-President Bush's fiscal irresponsibility and an ad the same year from the United Church of Christ showing them welcoming a gay couple who had been turned away from another church.
Sign the petition to CBS insisting they follow their no-advocacy policy and reject the Focus on the Family ad before the Super Bowl on February 7.
More recently, on Friday CBS rejected an ad from a gay dating site showing two men discovering a mutual attraction when their hands brush in the potato chip bowl. The actors then pantomime a comical make-out session. But CBS says the ad "is not within the Network's broadcast standards for Super Bowl Sunday."
So to recap: CBS wouldn't allow a group to criticize Bush, wouldn't let a religious group promote its own tolerance of LGBT families and considers a light-hearted dating ad out of bounds. But CBS is perfectly happy to allow Focus on the Family to promote its conservative social agenda.
We must call CBS out on its hypocrisy and demand that it also reject the Focus on the Family ad. The Super Bowl is America's annual most-watched television event; more than 98 million Americans tuned in last year. And as anyone who's ever been to a Super Bowl party knows, the ads can be even more closely watched than the game, which is why CBS must not unfairly allow anti-choice commercials while rejecting those for other causes.
The consequences of the anti abortion movement's propaganda are quite clear: terrorist attacks against America like the one that ended up murdering Dr. Tiller. If CBS runs this ad, that network will have blood on its hands.
Accepting a deceptive, misogynistic ad like this sends a message that CBS despises women with an uncompromising fury. Rejecting ads with gay content is a personal attack against me as a gay man. I am so sick of this hateful and bigoted behavior from a network that has public broadcast licenses.
Tell CBS Not to Run the Anti American Ad from FOTF
Queers United also has run an action alert on this subject. Here is the call to action.
Demand to know why a religious right organization can have airtime but a progressive Church, gay dating company, and a harmless ad about an effeminate man are rejected.
Senior Vice President, Communications, CBS Television
Senior Vice President, Communications, CBS Sports