GLAAD Calls on CBS to ‘Come Clean’ on ‘Homophobic Double Standard’ in Super Bowl Ad Practices

Without mentioning specifically, GLAAD yesterday called on CBS to explain why it chose to "exclude an ad with gay content" from Super Bowl programming.

Tebow Said GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios: “CBS has a problem when they do something like this at the same time as
they allow an anti-gay group like Focus on the Family to place ads
during the Super Bowl. This
network should come clean to the public about what’s going on because
this seems to be a homophobic double standard.”

In related news, attorney Gloria Allred is demanding disclosure on the Tebow ad that abortions were illegal in the Philippines at the time Tebow's mother made her decision to not have one so it's unlikely that doctors would have even suggested it was an option.

Said Allred: "If this ad airs and fails to disclose that abortions were illegal at
the time Ms. Tebow made her 'choice', then I intend to file a formal
complaint of misleading advertising with those federal commissions."


  1. Marcito says

    Forget that damn super (toilet) bowl…
    Let’s talk about that BEAUTIFUL banner you just put up. WOW!!!

  2. jamal49 says

    Women’s groups have more cause to complain about the Tebow ad than GLAAD does. I didn’t know that Tebow’s mom was living in the Phillipines at the time of her “choice”. Ms. Allred does a nice job of making the case of false advertising by FOTF. What’s GLAAD’s complaint? A gay matchmaking service can’t get ad placement on Super Sunday? Another ad has “gay content” and so CBS is homophobic for not airing it? Super Bowl ads are the creme de la creme and some of the best advertising seen the entire year. Maybe the “gay” ads just aren’t quality enough? It’s CBS’ call. I don’t like it, but it’s their call. They are in it to make money, not placate special-interest groups. What should also be protested about the FOTF ad is how much it is costing! $3 million dollars or something like that. Now, THAT’s obscene!

  3. nositall says

    You go Gloria! Nice bit of research exposing the double speak of FOTF. She explained it Jamal…it’s not just an abortion ad, it’s an advocasy ad.

  4. Michael says

    CBS is doing us a favor…despite doing it for the wrong reason…by not airing this crap, counterproductive ad.

    And GLAAD is just SAAD.

  5. lark says

    That does not really work as an objection. Tebow’s mother could have flown to the US (or many other countries) and gotten an abortion if she had wanted one.

  6. Bob says

    It’s the principal, people. I could care less about the quality or tacky content of the Mancrunch ad. Go Daddy and others have breached the sexual and tackiness levels of SB commercials, so that’s not the issue.

    This is a bigger is with NOW and other women’s groups, it’s time to join forces.

  7. says

    While the gay ads were kinda crappy, and I’d be surprised if Mancrunch could really afford it, I agree that there’s a principle at stake. Especially since the pro-gay church ad (Unitarian? can’t remember) was rejected a few years ago. Sure, they claim that it would be accepted now that their standards have changed, but they didn’t mention that until they accepted the deceptive abortion ad and faced a backlash.

    @ Lark — saying that she could fly to the US to get an abortion isn’t really fair. First off, I don’t know what her personal financial situation was like, but many people couldn’t afford that. And second, given that it was illegal, did anyone even suggest that as an option?

  8. Timzilla says

    Here’s one for your pretty cheeks Timmy:

    Proverbs 12:22—Lying lips are abomination to the Lord.

  9. Drew says

    I usally despise Attention Whoria Gloria, but here she’s doing a smart, savvy little number for the public at large.

  10. David T says

    Um, Drew, it’s her tendency to seek the media spotlight that gives her a platform to speak out at times like this. Gloria is usually on the right side of all the issues.

    Thank the heavens for Gloria Allred!!!

  11. stephen says

    I’ll admit it, Gloria Allred at a mic is a bit like Jesse Jackson showing up exactly when you wish he wouldn’t… but I’m happy to have her, and despite my personal cringes, she doesn’t wimp out if the moment call for a fighter.

  12. DR says

    GLAAD needs to get a clue, both ads sucked and should never have seen the light of day. Lousy production value, lousy message, just plain bad.

    As for Ms Allred, perhaps abortion was not legal in the Philippines. And yet, up until 1973, women in the US were subjecting themselves to illegal, back alley abortions. Why is it so far-fetched to believe that a doctor in a second or third world country would make the same suggestion that American doctors were making (and executing) up until Roe v Wade was decided?

    In 1994, the Philippine Department of Health acknowledged that approximately 12% of all maternal deaths were due to unsafe abortion practices, with 80,000 women hospitalized for abortion-related practices. (Juarez, Fatima, Cabigon, Josefina, Singh, Susheela, & Hussain, Rubina. (2005)The Incidence of Induced Abortion in the Philippines: Current Level and Recent Trends. International Family Planning Perspectives, 31 (3). Clearly abortions still happen despite the law prohibiting them, just like they used to in the US.

    Also, Tim’s story broke publicly as early as 2007. Suzy Richardson, Staff Writer for the Gainesville Sun, interviewed Tim and his mom and the subsequent article was published originally Sunday, October 7, 2007 at 6:01 a.m. I don’t recall anyone making a big stink about it back then.

    Ms. Allred wasn’t threatening to sue anyone until FotF picked the story up for an ad to be run almost 3 YEARS after this story broke for the first time. She’s grasping at straws, here and ought to be ashamed of herself. A blatant ploy by her to get the ad pulled. Very disingenuous of her.

  13. Wheezy says

    It’s important because the same people who are funding anti-choice/anti-women’s rights legislation are the same tools who are funding anti-LGBT legislation. They’re the same people and we are allies in the war for equality.

  14. DR says

    Huh, more interesting stuff on abortion in the Philippines:

    And check out the footnotes. Apparently the Philippine Supreme Court implicitly recognized abortion to save the life of the mother. BACK IN 1961.

    Ms. Allred needs to do her homework a little better, it didn’t take long to research this topic. It’s all over the web. She’s failing left and right.

  15. Steve Kerbow says

    Getting away from Ms. Allred, I don’t care what Tim’s Christian beliefs are, but I do strongly feel that they should not be aired on National TV during any type of sporting event! I, myself, feel that ones religous believe should be a private one and not to spouted out in rhetoric! My mother would probably have my head for that statement, but that’s my belief not her’s! The Universities and Coaches should have said somethng to Tim about his Bible quotes and stopped it from the git go!

  16. Fenrox says