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The Super Bowl: Perfect Backdrop for the Abortion Debate

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Posted on Feb 8, 2010

They’re not called the “culture wars” for nothing, but still, the fact that Focus on the Family spent precious seconds of prime Super Bowl advertising airtime (and lots of money) on the abortion debate is a telling reminder that America has some issues, and deeply divisive ones at that.  —KA

That said, how did the much-hyped Tim Tebow ad fare on the air? Judge for yourself:


Here’s another version of the athletes-on-abortion angle, courtesy of Planned Parenthood, which recruited another (former) player from the football arena, Sean James, as well as Olympic triple-jump gold medalist Al Joyner, for their cause (also via YouTube):

However, perhaps it was Black Book magazine that treated this media event with the proper delicacy and consideration, re-couching the debate in terms of whether Betty White or Tim Tebow’s mom was tackled in a more spectacular fashion.


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By LA, February 10, 2010 at 8:58 am Link to this comment
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Ha, I haven’t seen the Tebow Tirade either—didn’t watch it here. Fucus on the Family is just a hate filled abyss that hate filled people pour their money into, trying to buy a key to the pearly gates. I also don’t watch the go daddy ick. I do wonder if they sandwiched the Tebos in between a go daddy and a boobie-beer ad, kind of like bang ‘em and cork ‘em.

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By Allan Krueger, February 9, 2010 at 8:30 am Link to this comment

The Tebows commercial was a big deal, about nothing. If there wasn’t a media storm preceding it’s airing, everyone would have said, how sweet! What were they selling, anyway?

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By anonymous, February 9, 2010 at 7:35 am Link to this comment
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Hopefully, everybody got the message, “Doctors are stupid.”

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By Samson, February 8, 2010 at 11:44 am Link to this comment

PS to Truthdig.  You subtle attempt to get me to watch these messages by posting them here also failed.

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By Samson, February 8, 2010 at 11:42 am Link to this comment

The best thing about Super Bowl ads .... all these people spent millions and millions of dollars in making these ads and buying the time to run them. 

And all so I could hit the FastForward button on my DVR and skip forward to watch the next play of the game.

Have to admit that hitting FastForward is even more fun when you know this.  TV can be fun when you use it correctly.

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