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04/19/2007


Super Bowl Host Committee Warns Arizona Over Anti-Gay Bill: VIDEO

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Delaware Governor Jack Markell spoke out about Arizona's anti-gay bill on Monday, saying that the Super Bowl needs to be moved if Brewer signs it:

"If they pass this law and if she signs it, it would seem to me that the NFL may be looking, or should be looking, to move the Super Bowl out of that state. Because, you know, there’s so many places around the country that are welcoming to everybody.”

The Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee released a statement opposing the legislation:

We share the NFL's core values which embrace tolerance, diversity, inclusiveness and prohibit discrimination. In addition, a key part of the mission for the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee is to promote the economic vitality of Arizona. On that matter we have heard loud and clear from our various stakeholders that adoption of this legislation would not only run contrary to that goal but deal a significant blow to the state's economic growth potential. We do not support this legislation. Instead, we look forward to continuing to promote the NFL's values while focusing on the economic momentum apparent in Arizona and capturing the positive worldwide attention associated with hosting Super Bowl XLIX.

The Arizona Cardinals are calling for a veto and the NFL says it is monitoring the situation:

“Our policies emphasize tolerance and inclusiveness, and prohibit discrimination based on age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or any other improper standard,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said in a statement. “We are following the issue in Arizona and will continue to do so should the bill be signed into law, but will decline further comment at this time.”

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A 9/11 Truther Ran on Camera During the Super Bowl Post-Game: VIDEO

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A 9/11 truther ran on camera during Malcolm Smith's interview in the Super Bowl post-game.

Great security, congrats.

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Here is the Full Bruno Mars Halftime Show if You Missed It: VIDEO

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And he pulled it all off without entering like Cleopatra.

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Coca-Cola Features Gay Family in Super Bowl Ad Celebrating America's Diversity: VIDEO

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Amid protests by LGBT activists over its sponsorship of the Sochi Olympic games and silence over Russia's anti-gay laws, Coca-Cola this evening featured a gay family in a minute-long ad celebrating America's diversity.

Coca-Cola also posted a five-minute behind-the-scenes video of the ad online, featuring interviews with its participants.

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While the spot was commended by some LGBT activists (Freedom to Marry's Michael Crawford tweeted praise, calling it "the best ad so far"), it seems unlikely (and is perhaps not intended) to change objections to the company's participation as a Sochi sponsor.

Tweeted Dan Savage, using a promotional Coke hashtag that was hijacked by activists earlier this month:

"Love your endorsement of diversity and tolerance in the USA, @CocaCola—how about some support for Russian LGBT people? #CheersToSochi"

UPDATE: The Coca-Cola ad's multi-lingual soundtrack didn't go over well with a bunch of racist Americans, TIME writes:

It was that last aspect that unfortunately, brought out America the Ugly, at least on some parts of the Internet. “WTF?” asked one post on Twitter. “@CocaCola has America the Beautiful being sung in different languages in a #SuperBowl commercial? We speak ENGLISH here, IDIOTS.” Some of the vitriol may have been satire for all I know, but there was much too much for that to explain all of the “English or GTFO” sentiment–not all of it in impeccable English itself. To wit: “Dear @CocaCola : America the beautiful is sang in English. Piss off. #DontF--kWithUs.” (To be fair, not every Tweet brought up by a search on “Coca Cola English agreed: “Coca Cola brings the commercial of the night: America the Beautiful sung in Spanish, English, Arabic, and other languages. Beautiful.”)

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SNL and Melissa McCarthy Kick Off the Super Bowl: VIDEO

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Saturday Night Live and Melissa McCarthy took on Super Bowl XLVIII last night after Bruno Mars's plane was diverted by the polar vortex. Taking Mars place for the halftime show were a group of players representing the best Broadway has to offer.

And later, SNL's intrepid reporter Kyle headed to Times Square to get the read on today's big game.

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More Bad Lip Reading of the NFL: VIDEO

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Always wonder what they're talking about on the sidelines? Wonder no more.

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