Because it’s kind of about the commercials, isn’t it?
Well you might see more than talking babies and laugh-out-loud punchlines this year. This year you could very well see bloody fetuses surrounded by religious icons.
How can this be, you might ask?
Randall Terry (a candidate for President — running as a Democrat) is launching these ads as a direct response to blogger Sofia Brugato, who writes for The Abortion Gang. You can read all of Terry’s reason here, but basically he’s angry about Sofia’s post that called for people to donate money to their local pro-choice organization every time Tim Tebow (who made a pro-life commercial, funded by Focus on the Family) made a touchdown. In her post, she admits to reluctantly rooting for Tim Tebow, but she feels guilty because of his pro-life agenda.
And that’s where Randall Terry steps in — who, according to ThinkProgress, “has spent a year in jail and been arrested 50 times for his anti-abortion efforts.”
Although you might think that NBC wouldn’t be keen on gory, disturbing, religious-drenched ads — we all remember the shock and horror of Janet’s nipple! — but Terry has found a loophole. Political candidates can run any of their ads within 45 days of an election — including primaries, apparently. So because Terry is running for President (…as a Democrat), he’s allowed to run his political ad in 40 cities across the country during the Superbowl on February 5.
Now I haven’t watched these ads — although I did catch a quick glimpse on Terry’s Web site. (You can watch the disturbing ads if you’re interested.) But putting my own personal beliefs aside, and anyone’s political motives aside, I wouldn’t want my child walking into the room and seeing this commercial. I’m not sure how many adults would want to see this commercial themselves.
Although Terry claims it’s a necessary move to “save the babies,” I think he (and Sofia, for that matter) are taking personal ideologies a bit too far. I understand what abortion is — I’m an adult — but I don’t want the gory details flashing on my TV. And I don’t care what the pro-lifers think, no sane person is “pro-abortion.” No one thinks it’s a good idea to go around terminating pregnancies at the drop of a hat. If anything, this commercial could be especially hurtful for anyone who has recently suffered a miscarriage or had to terminate a pregnancy.
Thankfully I’m not a constituent of Randall Terry, so my Superbowl will be bloody-fetus-free. You can see if your city is on the list here.
What do you think about these ads? Is Randall Terry going too far?