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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Super Bowl Ads – the Hype and Hypocrisy

As everyone knows, several feminist organizations were going absolutely crazy prior to the Super Bowl, ranting and raving about the “offensive” ad that was to be produced by Focus on the Family featuring Tim Tebow (see previous post). Anyone who watched the game/commercials knows that the hype was blown way out of proportion. In fact, the ad was so mild that many on the pro-life side have mentioned their disappointment with the ad and it’s lack of any direct message. Overall, the NOW folks and their friends came off looking pretty foolish for their vehement rejection of something they hadn’t seen which ended up being fairly benign.

Now, here’s my problem. While these folks were out there ready to form lynch mobs over this pro-family ad, many of the rest of the ads were truly offensive, but no one is complaining about them. From people walking around in their underwear, to a woman photographing herself bathing, to the typical sexual innuendo in several others, there wasn’t much “family friendly” fare here.

(Side Note: There were several fun commercials, including the Slug a Bug piece, the fun poked at Brett Favre and his “retirement,” as well as the off-beat but fun “Punxsutawney Polamalu” ad.)

The point being, the hypocrisy of the leftist vanguard out there crying foul over an ad that they thought would oppose their pro-death stand, while completely ignoring the “objectifying” of women in several other ads, as well as ads that were just in poor taste. (One of the “poorest” in taste is the guy faking his death so he can watch the game with a casket full of snacks; and this was produced by a “church.”)

In my opinion, one of the worst is the Etrade spot with the now familiar babies dubbed over with adult voices having adult conversations. I’m personally offended by these infants being used in commercials which show them in conversations which have very “adult” overtones and innuendo. But where is the outcry over that exploitation? Where are the child advocacy groups in opposing the use of these children in a commercial that is questionable at best? I know they never actually say anything truly offensive, but it’s the implications of the “other woman” being at his home last night, and being a “milkaholic” which is clearly meant to have overtones of drinking and partying…and these are infants!

All this goes to show clearly what I pointed out in the previous post; namely that the pro-choice folks aren’t that at all, but merely pro-death. That they don’t really care about the welfare of women and children, but are concerned only with their political agenda. Hopefully all of America can see that now.

And lest I be accused of being only one sided here, let me also say: shame on all those Christian folks who laughed at some of these ads along with the rest of America. Call me prudish if you wish, but almost as bad as the hypocrisy of the left, is the hypocrisy of those who ridiculed the left for their opposition to the Tebow ad while sitting back and enjoying and laughing at the other ads that were genuinely offensive, or at the least in poor taste. Let’s remember the encouragement of Scripture: “Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place.” (Ephesians 5:4, ESV) In many ways it’s our “look the other way” attitude with some of this stuff that has led us down the road we are on as a nation to begin with.

OK, I’m putting my soap box away now. Thank you all for coming and have a nice day.

3 comments:

Rod said...

I'll take more of your prudish posts...especially when prompted by piety.

Bob West said...

Thanks again for visiting my blog.

I look forward to a growing friendship online during the coming months.

If there is any way i can help you, just let me know. In Christ, Bob
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Scott Weldon said...

Rod, brother, you really need to get a church quick. Without regular sermon prep your need for alliteration is popping up everywhere! Good to hear from you, my friend. We continue to pray.