NOW president pretty upset about shockingly violent Tim Tebow ad

posted at 5:49 pm on February 8, 2010 by Allahpundit

Just a follow-up to Ed’s post last night about the disingenuous idiocy some pro-choicers are willing to push to try to discredit Tebow. They were expecting a flamethrowing political ad; instead they got something that would have been rejected by Hallmark for being too goshdarned sweet. Time to move to Plan B, then: Tim Tebow hates women or something.

In an attempt to fall in line with the humorous nature of most Super Bowl commercials, the Focus on the Family in-game ad shows Tebow tackling his mom and his mother playfully scolding him for interrupting her.

In remarks that are raising eyebrows from pro-life advocates, NOW president Terry O’Neill said that bit of the ad glorified violence against women.

“I am blown away at the celebration of the violence against women in it,” she told the Los Angeles Times. “That’s what comes across to me even more strongly than the anti-abortion message. I myself am a survivor of domestic violence, and I don’t find it charming. I think CBS should be ashamed of itself.”

O’Neill’s reaction drew guffaws even from hardcore abortion advocates.

Frances Kissling, the former president of Catholics for Choice, told the Times that NOW is way off base.

“It’s absurd to claim that this is an endorsement of violence against women,” Kissling said. “These people came across as affectionate, loving, funny and happy.”

Watching the Tebow ad got my testosterone pumping, so here’s a clip of what I watched last night after the game to slake my bloodthirsty aggression. I eagerly await the PETA press release invoking Michael Vick. Exit question per Omri Ceren: Wasn’t the Terry Tate fake-tackle of Palin much worse (i.e. more violent, more shocking, and more mean-spirited) than this?

Update: Good point from the comments. Tebow’s mom wasn’t the only woman who got tackled in a Super Bowl ad last night. Where’s the NOW denunciation of the Betty White Snickers ad?

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