A CBS Super Bowl ad featuring gay television star Neil Patrick Harris is being slammed by a conservative media outlet for mocking Christianity.
According to an article by Joe Kovacs of WDM, during the Jan. 6 game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Baltimore Ravens, CBS ran several ad spots that promoted the upcoming Super Bowl the station will be airing on Feb. 3. Some of the ads featured Harris wearing eye black with the date “Feb. 3, 2013” inscribed on it.
Football player and Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow is also well known for publicly -- and frequently -- professing his love of God and his Christian faith on his eye black. His Bible verse inscriptions on his eye black were a mainstay of his uniforms in college.
Kovacs then assumes that Harris and producers at CBS were imitating Tebow by using the eye black with inscriptions of the Super Bowl Date in their new ads. Kovacs writes that a football fan who watched the CBS promo Sunday made the connection between Harris and Tebow, saying, “They’re pushing a gay agenda by using him, and they’re mocking Christians at the same time.”
Kovacs never directly makes any accusations against Harris, but instead leaves his readers a poll to express their opinions. The question posed to readers is: Is CBS mocking Tim Tebow and/or Christians in its Super Bowl ads? The number one answer with more than half of the over 1,000 votes is “Yes and every effort should be made to boycott CBS and its advertisers”.
Other answers included, “Yes, in the subtle way TV networks use images to slowly undermine Christianity”, “Yes, it’s mocking, but it’s in a fun way, not mean-spirited” and “No, Neil Patrick Harris’ homosexuality has nothing to do with the ads.” The latter only received one percent of the votes.
Kovacs’ readers sound off in the comment section of the article too, with the vast majority of them agreeing with the top answer of the poll.
“That's okay, let the gays poke fun at Tebow. We know where he's going and we know where they are going if they don't repent! People tend to poke fun at things they don't understand. I admire Tebow for standing up for his religious convictions! Good for him!” one commenter named Karlly wrote.
Another commenter, Mike Bratton, likened homosexuality to an addiction, such as alcohol.
“Deviant sexual behaviors such as homosexuality are nothing but abnormal. And it's when people understand that they have a problem that they can find a solution for that problem,”
Commenters also reported that Beyoncé also appeared in a similar ad, but nothing has been made of her portrayal.
This isn’t the first time that eye black has caused a stir. SFGN reported in September that former Toronto Blue Jays’ shortstop Yunel Escobar was suspended three games for writing a homophobic slur in Spanish on his eye black.
As of press time, CBS did not return phone calls from SFGN and Kovacs didn’t not return an email seeking comment.