Yesterday was not a good day for Tim Tebow. On top of a bad day of practice for the Senior Bowl, the former Florida quarterback who has cut a commercial for Focus on the Family is the target of a protest by a coalition of women's organizations unhappy with the anti-abortion-rights message of Tebow's commercial. The groups want CBS to reject the commercial.
"An ad that uses sports to divide rather than to unite has no place in the biggest national sports event of the year -- an event designed to bring Americans together," said Jehmu Greene, president of the Women's Media Center.
TV networks have a history of rejection Super Bowl commercials they feel are controversial or offensive. The Guardian listed several commercials that have been banned in the past, including a religious message that focus completely on inclusion:
The sound you hear? That's Tim Tebow's draft stock dropping faster than a Terrell Owens would-be reception.
I personally think there's no way this commercial is going to air during the Super Bowl. Given the history of networks rejecting ads, particularly religious and political ads, on top of the basis of hate Focus on the Family works from, there's just no way. And if CBS does air the commercial, may god help them...