Abortion and the Super Bowl. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.
Yep, CBS has sold a 30-second Super Bowl spot to the evangelical, anti-abortion, anti-gay activist group Focus on the Family. I suppose they think it’s relevant and acceptable because it features a football player, Tim Tebow, and his mom.
The Super Bowl is a sports event, not a political forum, not a religious gathering. We turn to the Super Bowl to escape the stressful, controversial, divisive real world for a few hours to settle our differences on the field. My team vs. your team. May the better team win. We don’t tune in to be accosted by someone else’s religious or political views. I don’t care how nice Tim Tebow might be; the Super Bowl is not the place to tell us why his mom decided not to have an abortion.
I, for one, can find better ways to spend my time if that’s the way CBS wants to handle the year’s biggest sports event. And I told them so, using the tiny “Customer Feedback” link at the very bottom of the CBS home page.
Bad decision, CBS. Very bad.