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.