The excuses are running out for CBS regarding their decision to air an advocacy ad against abortion, created by the hate group Focus on the Family and starring Tim Tebow, during the Super Bowl. The latest is news they rejected a gay-themed ad from GoDaddy.com that showed a former pro football player who had become in touch with his fashion-designer side (video after the jump). Now comes word that they have not yet approved or rejected an ad from gay-dating site ManCrunch.com, but that they've told ManCrunch that all Super Bowl ads have been sold out.
ManCrunch officials said they believe CBS has no intention of airing a commercial for their gay dating service, "but do not want to officially ‘reject’ the spot out of fear there may be a backlash from gay advocacy groups.”
However, a representative from the network told Pop Tarts that advertising spots were still open, and was unsure where that comment originated.
“The ad is still under review, the process takes a little while,” a rep from CBS said. “We still have a lot of ads we have yet to review.”
I've never heard of Mancrunch and I don't know where they'd get $2.5M to air the ad. And part of me wonders if it's some crazy ploy by anti-gay forces. But part of the excuse being pushed out for accepting the Focus on the Family ad was how bad the economy is, and CBS is suddenly going to go under if they don't accept the anti-abortion ad. Well here are two ads that do not violate their policy against advocacy ads! So what's their excuse now?
Also, GLAAD is now putting pressure on CBS to explain why they've accepted this ad and rejected an ad from the United Church of Christ focusing on the church's policies of inclusion.