If they air the Focus on the Family ad Sunday in the Super Bowl, CBS should change their name to “Christian Broadcast Syndicate”.
We’re taking signs tomorrow to CBS headquarters with creative uses of the acronym “CBS”. Bring your own, or post your ideas here so we can make signs are represent you. “Christian Broadcasting Syndicate?” “Cancel Sexist Broadcasting”? “Complete B– S–?” Be creative! 6th Avenue & 52nd Street in NYC or on Facebook here.
See the Women’s Media Center collection of signs and videos about why CBS should cancel the ad. Here are some more:
The Raging Grannies of South Florida made a video
Planned Parenthood’s video: Sean James and Al Joyner respond to the Tebow Super Bowl ad
Sunsara Taylor (World Can’t Wait Advisory Board & Revolution writer) video
Yesterday’s blog post on this subject.
Press release for February 4 protest at CBS Headquarters, NYC
February 3, 2010
Contact: Lina Thorne 718 809 3803 email@example.com
Protest to Demand CBS Not Broadcast Anti-Abortion Super Bowl Ad
When: Thursday February 4 12:00 pm
Where: CBS TV Headquarters 51 West 52nd Street, New York City
Photo Op: What does “C B S” stand for?
Proponents of choice for women facing unplanned pregnancy will deliver more than 200,000 letters Thursday to CBS headquarters urging the network not to run an ad with an anti-abortion message in Sunday’s 2010 Super Bowl broadcast.
The 30 second ad purchased by Focus on the Family has generated controversy because CBS had previously refused to run ads deemed to have a political or controversial message, including a 2004 message from Moveon.org critical of President George W. Bush and a message from the United Church of Christ welcoming gays into their church.
The ad in question features Pam Tebow, mother of NFL star Tim Tebow, on her choice to continue her pregnancy in 1987 while a Christian missionary in the Philippines, despite being advised by physicians to consider termination to avoid potentially dangerous complications to her health and loss of her life.
Writer Sunsara Taylor said, “The problem with this ad is it promotes the idea that a woman’s fundamental role is to have babies, and if she risks her life to do so, she should be celebrated. Women are not breeders. CBS should change its name to the ‘Christian Broadcast Service’ or stop the ad.” Film of Sunsara Taylor
“Focus on the Family does not promote harmless ‘family values’ but Dark Ages ideology. They actively oppose abortion, even to save the life of the woman, and birth control; say that gays are an ‘abomination,’ and that the earth was made 6,000 years ago. They actively organize their millions of supporters to protest at abortion clinics and exclude gay and lesbian members of their churches. That CBS is allowing them to breach a wall into the Super Bowl, and reach millions with their anti-abortion message is an outrage” said Debra Sweet, Director of the World Can’t Wait.
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