Christian News Site Thinks Neil Patrick Harris Is Going To Get His Gay All Over The Super Bowl

World Net Daily is continuing on down the path to journalistic excellence with this one.

The Super Bowl will be shown on CBS next month, so obviously they are promoting the crap out of it. (Why? Because… um… I don’t know, otherwise people wouldn’t watch the Super Bowl?)

Anyway, CBS started advertising for the Big Game during the Colts/Ravens game on January 6th, and here is one of the images they used:

We’ve got Neil Patrick Harris, CBS star extraordinaire (of How I Met Your Mother), sporting eyeblack with the date of Super Bowl XLVII. (Mark your calendars, ladies and gents!)

And here is where WND writer Joe Kovacs makes his bid for the Pulitzer:

One 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.”

They are referring to 2nd-string New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow, who used to write Bible verses on his face until the NCAA banned the practice:

I suppose it’s possible that the Harris ad (I can’t seem to locate a video, so if someone finds it, leave it in the comments!) is a tip of the hat to Tebow’s practice of drawing stuff on his face, despite the fact that he’s not the only athlete to do it. Lest we forget, Blue Jays player Yunel Escobar wrote a homophobic slur in Spanish on his eyeblack and was suspended for three games.

That being said, the leap to “pushing a gay agenda and mocking Christians” is quite a large one. Also, can we talk about the fact that Kovacs quoted “one football fan”? What does that even mean? It’s not even the oft-used “people are saying” trope. Literally, one guy (who may or may not be Kovacs himself) thinks this. But now that the seed is planted, it’s going to become a whole hullabaloo.

One blogger believes that Kovacs’ article is really, really stupid.

The story was picked up by HuffPost Live and they made a really good point:



Alyona Minkovski: Beyonce, who’s going to be performing… she did the exact same thing… So what does this mean?

Jacob Soboroff: Outspoken female pop star!

Minkovski: We’re pushing a pop music agenda?  A black agenda?  You have to be pushing some sort of agenda based on who you chose that are stars?

Couldn’t have said it better myself, Alyona!

My favorite part about the WND article had to be the survey at the end:

While I am pleasantly surprised that 25% of WND readers (you have to start an account to vote) actually think that its “phony persecution,” it doesn’t surprise me one bit that the vast majority of readers find the ad offensive and a form of mockery.

Over a third think that CBS needs to be boycotted!

Please check back in tomorrow when I am done rolling my eyes.

About Jessica Bluemke

Jessica Bluemke grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and graduated from Ball State University in 2008 with a BA in Literature. She currently works as a writer and resides on the North side of Chicago.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    Well, Tebow is very unlikely to make it to a Super Bowl, so direct comparisons are difficult. I hope to see an appearance of “Matt 6:5-6″ though.

  • Pawel Samson

    I saw that commercial yesterday, and I knew right away that I’d be hearing about Christians screaming persecution very soon.
    Also, I kind of hate myself for thinking Tim Tebow is unbelievably hot :P

    • Glasofruix

      Strange, in non photoshopped pictures i could swear that he’s a typical inbred redneck.

      • Pawel Samson

        I think that’s part of his appeal.

  • ortcutt

    NPH drives Conservative Christians crazy because he’s a charming, talented, and successful gay man with a wonderful fiance and two adorable kids. Conservative Christian ideology claims that he is impossible, so his very existence is a huge f*ck you to them.

    • http://twitter.com/WCLPeter Rob U

      Conservative Christian ideology claims that he is impossible

      I also think its a bit of jealousy stemming from the fact a gay man is able to so convincingly play at being heterosexual, while some of their prominent “straight” conservative heroes are so incredibly bad at it.

      • http://www.flickr.com/photos/chidy/ chicago dyke

        well, given the number of really bad actors playing “straight” so many xtians watch perform every sunday, that’s not surprising. it must suck when church is your only approved form of entertainment, given how lame most of it is.

      • Blizno

        No. His character is not the least bit convincing. He plays an over-the-top stereotype. That character is not a “real man”, he is a deliberately offensive cartoon.

  • Chris Wallace

    The correct spelling of the baseball player’s last name is Escobar, FYI.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/ Hemant Mehta

      Typo. Fixed!

    • Glasofruix

      Pablo? :p

    • GeraardSpergen

      And he misspelled “eres” in his eyeblack… LOL… like a Cuban accent dropping the “s”.

  • Kubricks_Rube

    This reminds me of the anger over Ellen doing commercials for JC Penney. Gay people even having jobs is taken as an affront to some Christians.

    • http://twitter.com/PirateFroglet Cathy McGrath

      sub ‘having jobs’ with ‘existing’?

  • benswing

    NPH was not the only actor in ads sporting eyeblack with the super bowl date. Actors/Actresses from their other shows also were doing the same thing. Absurd.

  • Sami

    Instead of joining the chorus mocking WND’s ‘journalism’ I’ll focus on two other points:

    A. Do players ever write funny messages in their eyeblack? They should.

    B. That poll has entirely too many choices. I’d understand if they were just trying to skew the results by having 1 yes and abunch of nos, but they’re just putting up an option for every possible reaction. So messy.

    • anniewhoo

      I’m guessing the poll was designed by Dr. Alfonse Nazzaro.

  • jdhuey

    Well, when I saw the ad during the game it didn’t occur to me at all about NPH being gay but I did think that the allusion to Tebow was blatant – it was also clever and fun. Just a mild mock.

  • TiltedHorizon

    Such fragile sensibilities, it is only a matter of time before these Conservative Christians try to outlaw bananas and hotdogs for fear of promoting deviant behavior.

    I predict Rick Warren’s next tweet will be: “Real men eat bananas sideways”.

    • http://www.flickr.com/groups/invisiblepinkunicorn Anna

      That would make a great bumper sticker, LOL.

    • http://www.facebook.com/richard.tingley Richard Tingley

      Why would christians want to outlaw bananas? You would think that they would want bananas everywhere since they disprove evolution. :)

      • TiltedHorizon

        I recall a video with Ray Comfort where he was demonstrating the natural fit of a banana in one’s hand, there was this one instant I thought he was going to swallow it whole…. oh wait? That pro-fellatio video was suppose to disprove evolution?

  • J-Rex

    Who made that poll?? There could be a hundred different reactions to this story. That doesn’t make it a good idea to write out a hundred different options.
    And who were those nine people who chose “Other” ? I thought everything was pretty much covered.

    • Octoberfurst

      They probably chose “other” because one of the responses was not: “NPH should be hanged.”

  • Raising_Rlyeh

    I would have to say that NPH is far more virtuous than tebow could ever be.

  • http://www.facebook.com/markfheil Mark Heil

    Isn’t it Tim Tebow who’s making a mockery of christianity by putting bible verses on his sweaty, stinky eyeblack?

  • RobertoTheChi

    Christian persecution at it’s finest…

  • WoodyTanaka

    The Christians are just pouty because Neil Patrick Harris is cooler than Jesus.

  • DougI

    We must therefore conclude that the 99% of football (and baseball, etc. players) who have the eyeblack that contains no lettering are clearly endorsing Atheism.

  • Dave warnock

    as a former christian, I find the whole thing laughable. they grope for anything to claim persecution and mockery. any serious christian should be appalled at the whole “Tebowing” thing- implying that God gives a damn about him scoring touchdowns in a football game?! Seriously? 1,000 kids die of Aids or starvation while Tebow is scoring a touchdown and God smiles at Timmy for thanking him for that touchdown? (I also have noticed that no tebowing happens after an interception…)

  • Georgina

    Where was YES, and I found it funny and effective?

  • Filthy Bill

    I took the time to read the 1000+ comments. Whoo damn. Humans.

  • Bruce

    Maybe CBS is mocking gays by linking them to annoying Christians?

  • SeekerLancer

    Good social conservatives can do their part by not watching the Super Bowl in protest! No? That’s what I thought.

  • http://www.holytape.etsy.com Holytape

    I agree completely with the conservative Christians. Football is way too gay for Good Americans to watch. I mean big sweaty guys running around trying to force each other to the ground, all the while hoping to “score”. Think about it. “Tight ends” “Slot receivers” “Nickle backs” “Tuck rule” “Goal line dive” “Ram it up the middle” “Put it threw the uprights?” Every play starts with one masculine man placing his hands between the legs of a large man bent over, and grabbing a ball. Also one of the best defensive plays is to focre another man to the ground in a “sack.” How gay is that?

    I am not going to waste my time supporting the Gay agenda’s superbowl. Instead I am going to watch a truly American and 100% heterosexual form of sporting entertainment, WWE wrestling.

    • http://twitter.com/PirateFroglet Cathy McGrath

      Not to mention how anti-Bible it is. It mocks several rules! No exertion on Sunday. Do not touch of the pig-skin. Do not worship false idols (like Tebow).


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