don't be strident
Have you ever watched a professional football game? It's violent. Grown men, uniformed and helmeted, smash into each other at full force. The fans-- at the stadium or in front of the television set-- roar in approval after each new collision. Trumpets blare, whistles blow, players curse and grunt and scream. Sportswriters often use military imagery to describe the game; the comparisons to actual combat are too obvious to warrant explanation.
With that in mind, consider the argument that by airing a pro-life ad during the Super Bowl broadcast, the CBS network will be injecting a "strident" note into the day's entertainment. Why would it be inappropriate to show a "strident" ad during the game? What could be more strident than the football game itself?
Actually the ad in question highlights the gentlest of all human sentiments: an expectant mother's love for her unborn child. There's nothing strident, nothing violent about the message. If you wanted to make a violent advertisement about a mother's relationship with her unborn child, you would... Well, that's too obvious to explain as well.
In other news, a young New York woman bled to death during a "safe, clean, legal" abortion. Media coverage of the tragedy was not strident.
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Posted by: Chestertonian -
Jan. 29, 2010 12:53 AM ET USA
We need to turn their own glib phrases back on them. They say "Don't like abortion? Don't have one." So, we can rightly respond, "Don't like our ads? Don't watch them." Surely they know how to use a Mute button on the remote, or know how to change channels. Frankly, I'm waiting for the ACLU to go after Tebow for writing Scriptural references in the blacking under his eyes.
Posted by: maynardus -
Jan. 27, 2010 5:51 PM ET USA
Like get with the program, man, you're missing the point. Those players are, like all rednecks anyway, y'know? I mean, they're getting big bucks & it's only entertainment dude! So we'll be like hanging with our buds & just trying to chill & watch the game and it's like totally not nice to suddenly drop that on someone, y'know? People might be like uncomfortable & stuff. Like how do you know if some girl who's there had a problem when she was in college & now she'd be real embarrassed and stuff.