As readers know, I was fine with Focus On The Family running a pro-life ad in the Superbowl. But as another reader noted, it was a departure from tradition. In the past, issues ads were deemed non-kosher - but if it's a Christianist and virulently anti-gay organization behind the ad, it appears to be ok. But if it's a humorous commercial ad for a gay dating service, CBS says no. Here's the boilerplate:
"After reviewing the ad, which is entirely commercial in nature, our standards and practices department decided not to accept this particular spot," said CBS spokeswoman Shannon Jacobs.
The ad both blows away stereotypes about gay men, and has a comic touch at the end with a fellow football fan looking somewhat amazed at the make-out scene (which is basically obscured by the men's bodies).
There is one reason this ad was denied. Its gay content was deemed offensive to football fans, while an anti-abortion issues ad wasn't. That's called blatant discrimination and if it doesn't lead to aggressive protests I'll be very surprised.
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