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CBS Accused of Mocking Tim Tebow, Christians by Using 'Homosexual Actor' Neil Patrick Harris in Super Bowl Ad


Conservative web publication World Net Daily is accusing CBS of "pushing a gay agenda" and "mocking Christians" with its new Super Bowl ad, which features Neil Patrick Harris wearing eyeblack in which is written the dates of the game.

Writes WND:

CBS, the television network airing the big game this year, is now using an outspoken homosexual actor to mimic Tim Tebow’s style of trumpeting messages in eyeblack on his face.

During Sunday’s matchup between the Indianapolis Colts and Baltimore Ravens, the network broadcast several spots promoting the network’s upcoming Super Bowl coverage in New Orleans...

...Tim Tebow, known for his Christian faith as well as football, became world famous for proclaiming Bible verses such as John 3:16 on his eyeblack, especially when he played for the University of Florida Gators before going pro.

One football fan who watched the CBS promo Sunday made the connection between Harris and Tebow, saying, “They’re pushing a gay agenda by using him, and they’re mocking Christians at the same time.”

The rag then goes on to note that Harris "makes no secret" of his homosexuality, has received awards from the Trevor Project, and is raising sons with David Burtka they had via surrogate.

Tim Tebow, of course, is no stranger to controversy over his religious eyeblack, nor is he unfamiliar with being drawn into Super Bowl controversy. And eyeblack has been part of at least one controversial sports incident this year, when Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar took the field with a gay slur ("maricon") dabbed in his, and was later suspended and fined.


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  1. Puh-leeze - Miss Tebow is a big ol' Mary-in-the-closet, so whodafuq cares?

    Posted by: Tessie Tura | Jan 7, 2013 8:19:33 AM

  2. Wing Nut Daily is certified insane but in this case at least they are right. Hard to see how CBS is doing anything else but making fun of Tebow--and perhaps his closeted status.

    Posted by: arrant | Jan 7, 2013 8:30:51 AM

  3. Which is why it's surprising NPH is playing along. He certainly was in the closet for years so it's odd he would choose to mock someone who is perceived to be in one now.

    Posted by: arrant | Jan 7, 2013 8:32:21 AM

  4. WND can't even get verifiable facts correct. Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka have one son and one daughter, not "sons."

    Posted by: Douglas | Jan 7, 2013 8:34:41 AM

  5. @Arrant - you seem very certain of your accusations. Pray tell how you are privvy to such information.

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Jan 7, 2013 8:35:09 AM

  6. NPH "makes no secret of his homosexuality"

    Oh! The audacity of not hiding it!

    And you damn zealots make no secret of your heterosexuality, except you have lots of secrets that you DO like to hide, like affairs, hookers, drug use, etc...

    Posted by: johnny | Jan 7, 2013 8:40:40 AM

  7. He's also pushing a christian agenda by writing those verses or whatever under his eyes. Would they let him on the field if he painted one rainbow flag under each eye?

    Posted by: mike ramon | Jan 7, 2013 8:43:49 AM

  8. Maybe instead of making fun of Timmy, they are making a reference to the baseball player who wrote anti-gay messages in his eyeblack this last year and was fined for it????

    Posted by: anonymous | Jan 7, 2013 8:59:38 AM

  9. Another day, another group feeling butt-hurt about something stupid. First world problems, people. FIRST. WORLD. PROBLEMS.

    Posted by: AJ | Jan 7, 2013 9:00:45 AM

  10. Or possibly they are just doing the standard meme bit that has been done to death for decades. Seriously, these people really need to get a life, and to stop pushing their religious agenda onto others.

    Posted by: LiamB | Jan 7, 2013 9:01:46 AM

  11. But NPH plays a straight guy on TV

    Posted by: Mike | Jan 7, 2013 9:03:56 AM

  12. I'm going for Shakespeare verses next time I'm playing for the NFL.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Jan 7, 2013 9:07:28 AM

  13. Sorry, but i can't see the mockery anywhere. They are using one the the channel stars to announce the superbowl, and they are using what a nfl star use to send his messages.
    The fact that NPH is gay is totally irrelevant, and i don't think nobody could read that much is it wasn't for the fact that there's a lot of gay rumours about Tebow too

    Posted by: jjose712 | Jan 7, 2013 9:12:10 AM

  14. Some people can dish it out, but they can't take it. Too bad.

    Posted by: Jack M | Jan 7, 2013 9:32:25 AM

  15. Beyonce did the same thing in her Super Bowl ad. Is she mocking tebow/christianity too? Is she pushing the black agenda?

    Posted by: Edd | Jan 7, 2013 9:44:12 AM

  16. So, let me get this... anyone who puts a message on the eyeblacks is mocking Tebow? Wow! Talk about a delusional sense of self importance.

    Maybe Tebow will get it copyrighted along with his one knee stance.

    Posted by: Reggie777 | Jan 7, 2013 9:44:44 AM

  17. @Arrant: Yes, Wing Nut Daily is certifiably insane. But no, just because it's hard to know why CBS chose an actor to advertise a game does not suggest the nuts are anything but as delusional as always about their reasoning.
    Google images of "words in eye black" and you get a variety of athletes and fans and models' faces advertisiung a variety of messages; this wasn't even invented by Tebow.
    CBS may have chosen NPH because he's in a half-time show or because he's a fervent fan or because they're kicking off a series of spots with public figures depicted as excited fans in the stands. (Maybe the next ads in the series will show Madonna with pom-poms and a jersey with the Super Bowl date and time on it or Taylor Laughtner with the CBS eye painted on his chest for all I know.) But regardless of why CBS happened to choose NPH for the spot, WingNutDaily's tangent sounds as delusional as they always do.

    Any reference that ridiculous rag has EVER made to gay people has always been as plausible and well-sourced as the Weekly World News stories alerting the public about a dog with human hands composing a symphony or an alien from outer space backing Bush (and later Obama) for president.

    Posted by: GregV | Jan 7, 2013 9:46:23 AM

  18. LMAO. Thanks CBS & NPH for starting my Monday off with a good laugh.

    Posted by: dearcomrade | Jan 7, 2013 9:49:08 AM

  19. Wing Nut Daily is really reaching with this one, and really showing just how obsessed they are with the idea of homosexuals (fap....fap...). It's funny to see a comedic actor wearing eye black, and it's smart to use your visible younger stars for cross promotion. Jim Parsons is probably up next (uh oh! he parades around his gay too!). Maybe there is some other inside joke, but I doubt the vast majority of viewers would get it.

    Too bad it's not the 1990s--we might be seeing the Golden Girls with eye black Super Bowl messages :)

    Posted by: Stefan | Jan 7, 2013 10:11:18 AM

  20. Wait wait wait, Tim Tebow is the first NFL player (or rather ANY professional sport player) who paints his (or her) face in this manner? Anyone else is just copying him?

    Posted by: DRoseDARs | Jan 7, 2013 10:23:49 AM

  21. The stupid, it burns.

    Posted by: Craig S | Jan 7, 2013 10:24:35 AM

  22. Go for it CBS. NPH and his husband David aren't raising sons they are raising a son and a daughter, Gideon and Harper.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Jan 7, 2013 10:26:32 AM

  23. Go for it CBS. NPH and his husband David aren't raising sons they are raising a son and a daughter, Gideon and Harper.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Jan 7, 2013 10:26:35 AM

  24. The ad should have featured NPH and Jim Parsons smooching -- the way Tim Twbow so famously did with that other football player.

    He Andy -- out up that pic again. And use it wherever there's an item on Timmy

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jan 7, 2013 10:27:13 AM

  25. Nah, NPH is just trying to get Tebow's attention, so he'll babysit.

    It's a good thing he didn't write R U Available

    Posted by: signs of the times | Jan 7, 2013 10:34:22 AM

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