Was the Tim Tebow ad worth the enormous controversy it generated? I watched the
Super Bowl because I wanted to see the Tim Tebow ad. The ad had been advertised
as a controversial piece of propaganda promoting the prolife agenda. Well, I
must have missed this "promotion".
The ad didn't seem to me to be about a mom's decision to choose life for her
unborn child under difficult circumstances? Unless you knew the Tebow story and
knew that the producers of the ad were pro-life--you would have no idea that the
supposed issue of this ad was the choice to give life, rather than a choice to
abort. Actually, the ad's script makes it sound like Tim Tebow had post-natal
health issues--not that his mother was encouraged to abort him. That's the
impression I got from the line where Tebow's mom says: "I can remember so many
times when I almost lost him."
I am disappointed, and feel that pro-lifers were sucked into a controversy that
really wasn't there. Maybe the real controversy is that an anti-abortion group
was permitted to be heard for 30 seconds (as long as their ad was not too
provocative) during the Super Bowl, where there was an audience of 106.5 million
viewers. If we judge the ad on its own merits--it is not an anti-abortion ad.
This is not to say that it is a bad ad-- it's just that the ad itself-- the very
ad that actually aired on nationwide TV coast to coast, watched by millions
during a Super Bowl, was not an ad that focused on the pro-life issue--or in any
way drew attention to that issu