To catch up, in the last two weeks, the internet has been abuzz about the commercial made by Tim Tebow and his mother, sponsored by Focus on the Family. The ad, starring QB Tim Tebow and his mom, Pam, featured Pam reflecting on her difficult pregnancy, and ultimately admitting that she still worries over “her baby”. The ad wraps with a black screen bearing the white-lettered message, “For the full Tebow story, go to Focus on the Family.com. Celebrate Family. Celebrate Life.”
This is the “massive controversy” that has been burning up the internet wires these last two weeks. The “controversy” which played itself out on sports boards and parenting boards alike, with each group dividing in half, taking sides, and slinging words like “hate” and “murder”.
All because a woman says that she worries over her son.
The interesting thing to me is this: Nobody saw the ad before it aired during yesterday’s game. Planned Parenthood went so far in their opposition to the commercial that they created a “rebuttal” to it, which featured Sean James (RB, Vikings) and Al Joyner (Olympic Gold Medalist, Track) talking all about how it’s the woman’s right to choose, and that men must trust women to make the right choice. They rebutted an ad that they had never even seen!
I also find it interesting that CBS took all kinds of crap for not airing the ad for the gay dating site, Mancrunch.com (all three can be viewed in this article). CBS’s stance on the ad was that it did not meet their standards and that the credit of the company was in question. Frankly, my personal opinion is that the Mancrunch.com ad was riding the coattails of the Tebow controversy, and was never meant to run during the game. They didn’t need to buy commercial time, they got plenty of attention in the run-up. Brilliant strategy, if you ask me. I have to wonder if they even submitted the commercial with the intent of actually following through.
But the point here is this: who are we, as a country and a people, that we get to this level of screaming and insult-hurling over a commercial whose content is completely unknown? Why do we let ourselves be drawn into this kind of debate when the facts aren’t even on the table? Are we this insecure with ourselves as a society that we can’t even allow an opposing point of view to be heard?