Even though many women’s groups supporting abortion rights condemned CBS and wanted the Tebow Family Ad pulled from the Super Bowl commercial line-up, claiming that somehow it would undermine a women’s right to choose, millions of Americans viewed it yesterday. Not knowing what to expect and most holding on to a tight opinion either for or against, the Tebow Family ad didn’t quite measure up to the hype; however, Tim Tebow tackled his mom!
Reactions to the commercial were swift and mixed. According to today’s Los Angeles Times, Charmaine Yoest, president of Americans United for Life, had this to say, “Focus on the Family has really been strategic. They went with the old adage ‘less is more’, and they put a positive message out there.” Likewise, Marjorie Dannenfelser of the Susan B. Anthony List, which supports candidates who oppose abortion, was pleased. “Wow, this is so benign,” she said. “It’s a story of a mother’s strength. That is the message that I saw.” Still, the attacks against the Tebow Family Ad rage on; Terry O’Neill, president of NOW, stated, “I am blown away at the celebration of the violence against women in it.” “That’s what comes across to me even more strongly than the anti-abortion message. I myself am a survivor of domestic violence, and I don’t find it charming. I think CBS should be ashamed of itself,” O’Neill added. Abortion advocate, Amanda Marcotte, shortly following the premier of the ad, posted this “tweet” on her Twitter page: “Hey Mom! Tried to kill you from the womb and failed. How about a blind side tackle? Violence against Moms.”
Cries from the depths of activism are now asserting that the Tebow Family Ad promotes domestic violence; yet, not a peep on how 88-year-old Betty White was tackled into the mud in a TV Super Bowl Ad? Maybe they are coming to rescue Betty, soon! And what about Abe?