Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Why are they angry with the Tebow ad again?

At Feministe, Jill claims pro-choice feminists aren't upset with Focus on the Family's Super Bowl ad featuring Tim Tebow, they're just mad at CBS for supposedly having double standards.
It’s that CBS has, for the past few years, regularly rejected ads from left-of-center organizations — MoveOn.org, PeTA, and the United Church of Christ. CBS was clear that it did not accept ads on contentious or controversial subjects such as, apparently, democracy, animal rights and gay rights. But an ad about abortion, from Focus on the Family — one of the most radical, right-leaning organizations out there? Apparently totally fine.

Maybe Jill hasn't been following this topic very closely (or maybe her she thinks everything pro-choice opinion mirrors hers on this issue) but there have been more than a couple feminists and feminist organizations who have opposed the ad for more than just CBS' supposed double standard.

For example, NOW's President had this to say about the ad she hasn't seen,
NOW President Terry O'Neil told the Associated Press that the planned ad is "extraordinarily offensive and demeaning."

"That's not being respectful of other people's lives," O'Neill said. "It is offensive to hold one way out as being a superior way over everybody else's."

Others have accused Pam Tebow of lying about the being counseled to have an abortion because abortion is illegal in the Phillipines.

I think this is about a little more than thinking CBS has double standards. At least for some people.

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