University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow’s decision to appear in a Super Bowl ad opposing abortion has stirred controversy. The Gators star, who wears Bible verses under his eyes, will be featured in the $2.5 million ad sponsored by the conservative Focus on Family.
Karen Middlekauff, a UF law student and the president of Outlaw, an organization for College of Law LGBT students, said she believes that Tebow is still a representative of UF, and he has chosen to represent a viewpoint that shouldn’t be associated with the university.
“Focus on the Family is a very well-known group for speaking out against LGBT issues,” she said. “A lot of people know that.”
Other groups object as well.
Women’s and pro-choice groups — including the National Organization for Women and The Feminist Majority — are pressuring CBS to drop the ad.
In response, CBS yesterday said it would “consider responsibly produced ads from all groups for the few remaining spots in Super Bowl XLIV.”
In the past, the networks — which carry the Super Bowl on a rotating basis — have steered clear of issue ads during the Super Bowl.
In 2004, CBS declined to accept an ad from the United Church of Christ advocating gay rights.
“We have for some time moderated our approach to advocacy submissions after it became apparent that our stance did not reflect public sentiment or industry norms on the issue,” CBS said in a written statement.
So why the issue ad now?