New feminist spin on Tebow ad: We were joking, but, um, not really

posted at 4:36 pm on February 10, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Via Greg Hengler, the spokeswoman from the Womens Media Center attempts to back away — somewhat — from earlier allegations that the Focus on the Family ad run during the Super Bowl encouraged violence against women. Megyn Kelly laughs out loud at the new spin, which is a late shift to counter the criticism that NOW and other feminist groups never bothered to mention the Snickers ad in their outrage over Tim Tebow tackling his mother, and that ad featured a much older Betty White and Abe Vigoda both being tackled. All three were obviously gags, but Shelby Knox kept trying to argue yesterday that it was “bizarre” and some sort of indication of latent hostility towards women and the elderly:

It’s a “distraction from the real point,” all right — the real point being that NOW and other feminist groups who claim to back choice are really only acting as mouthpieces for the abortion industry.  After all, nothing in the Tebow ad mentions abortion at all; it just celebrates the choice Pam Tebow made in continuing her pregnancy.  If Knox, WMC, and NOW are all about choice, isn’t this just as valid a choice as an abortion?  And if so, why does such a positive story about this choice remain so threatening to them that they have to hyperventilate about “elderly abuse” to cover their tracks?

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After watching those commercials, I want down to the retirement center and put the smackdown on some grannies.

lorien1973 on February 10, 2010 at 4:39 PM

Nation Organization of Wankers!

Gob on February 10, 2010 at 4:39 PM

Abe Vigoda is still alive?

portlandon on February 10, 2010 at 4:40 PM

A culture obsessed with death.

KinleyArdal on February 10, 2010 at 4:40 PM

Abe Vigoda is still alive?

portlandon on February 10, 2010 at 4:40 PM

Not if Michael Corleone has anything to say about it.

Doughboy on February 10, 2010 at 4:42 PM

Abortions generate billions of dollars for these radicals. It’s all about the benjamins with these souless cretins.

roninacreage on February 10, 2010 at 4:42 PM

Abe Vigoda is still alive?

portlandon on February 10, 2010 at 4:40 PM

I could have sworn Tom Hagen said he couldn`t cut him any slack.

ThePrez on February 10, 2010 at 4:42 PM

If they had their way, I would have already rec’d my letter from HHS demanding that I come in for my mandatory abortion – no matter that I am the wrong gender…

ElRonaldo on February 10, 2010 at 4:43 PM

Doughboy on February 10, 2010 at 4:42 PM

Damn it! :)

ThePrez on February 10, 2010 at 4:43 PM

Ugh…..We need to start a women’s group that is against looney, whiney women’s groups like this one. “Women’s Media Center” ????
What?!
She’s an idiot and an embarrassment to women like me…and most women that I know.

bridgetown on February 10, 2010 at 4:44 PM

Nation Organization of Wankers Whiners!

Gob on February 10, 2010 at 4:39 PM

That works too.
YOU, lady, give women a BAD name~hang up your vajayjay and STFU!

HornetSting on February 10, 2010 at 4:44 PM

Hyper-sensitive Feminist, what a joke.

deedtrader on February 10, 2010 at 4:44 PM

I could have sworn Tom Hagen said he couldn`t cut him any slack.

ThePrez on February 10, 2010 at 4:42 PM

Not even for Old times sake?

portlandon on February 10, 2010 at 4:44 PM

‘Cause violence against women is the lulz.

exception on February 10, 2010 at 4:46 PM

Megyn Kelly and the NOW women seem to have serious envy of the male anatomy.

upinak on February 10, 2010 at 4:46 PM

Liberal reaction when confronted by facts:

“Oh look, a bunny rabbit.” And then they run away and claim they won.

AubieJon on February 10, 2010 at 4:46 PM

The usual comment applies here, about this “spokesperson” being unable to understand normal thinking.

UltimateBob on February 10, 2010 at 4:48 PM

Megyn Kelly and the NOW women seem to have serious envy of the male anatomy.

upinak on February 10, 2010 at 4:46 PM

THe other woman for sure, but Megyn?

UltimateBob on February 10, 2010 at 4:50 PM

I guess you couldn’t put a photo of Megyn on the front page, because Amanda Carpenter, Lila Rose, and Megyn Kelly is to much awesome for one blog.

mad saint jack on February 10, 2010 at 4:50 PM

An culture industry obsessed with enriched by death.

chickasaw42 on February 10, 2010 at 4:50 PM

Maybe it’s time to put Megyn Kelly out to pasture too. Once she would have burnt this moron to the ground. She lets her off lightly for such a weak argument, and they both seemed dense concerning what was funny about a little old lady playing full contact football.

DFCtomm on February 10, 2010 at 4:50 PM

After watching those commercials, I want down to the retirement center and put the smackdown on some grannies.

lorien1973 on February 10, 2010 at 4:39 PM

Thanks for that… just thanks! LOL!

After watching some commercials… I went out and enacted a citizen’s arrest on some guy who was driving an SUV.

mankai on February 10, 2010 at 4:50 PM

Now this is strictly hypothetical. If a woman got an abortion because she was physically threatened by a man if she didn’t, would these ladies’ heads explode?

Cindy Munford on February 10, 2010 at 4:51 PM

If I could sense these harpies felt even a twinge of humiliation, I’d laugh out loud. But they don’t.

Donate to Rubio’s stimulus bomb

John the Libertarian on February 10, 2010 at 4:52 PM

A feminist with a sense of humor is like a fish with a bicycle.

Not something you see every day.

Or any day, for that matter.

NoDonkey on February 10, 2010 at 4:54 PM

NOW promotes choice, just as long as you make the choice they want you to make.

Daggett on February 10, 2010 at 4:55 PM

An culture industry obsessed with enriched by death.

chickasaw42 on February 10, 2010 at 4:50 PM

I stand corrected!!

KinleyArdal on February 10, 2010 at 4:55 PM

She was so happy, so fun loving, why these little feminist creatures are just a joy….

right2bright on February 10, 2010 at 4:56 PM

Of all the liberal groups, there is none so self-loathing as the femininistas. they think it is a sacrament to kill their own babies; it’s really sick.

The enviros are just about as bad; they see people as pollutants.

Which group is sicker, I ask?

DaydreamBeliever on February 10, 2010 at 4:56 PM

You just KNOW that Shelby Knox has written a letter to her genitals in her lifetime…

Seven Percent Solution on February 10, 2010 at 4:58 PM

pathetic….

cmsinaz on February 10, 2010 at 4:58 PM

Love the shoes, Megyn!

SouthernGent on February 10, 2010 at 4:58 PM

It’s really interesting how these femiNazis have their panties in a wad over two humorous super bowl ads, but where do they stand on the “religion of peace” systematically killing, maiming, torturing and oppressing women daily, all over the world?

*** crickets ****

UltimateBob on February 10, 2010 at 4:59 PM

Not only did they NOT mention the Snickers ad…

There was no mention of CNN titling a video clip of Gibbs mocking Governor Palin as “Gibbs backhands Palin.”

Enoxo on February 10, 2010 at 4:59 PM

The nags really blew it on this one. They look like fools.

changer1701 on February 10, 2010 at 5:00 PM

What good eyesight they have, such discernment, to be able to see the most smallest hint, the tiniest trace of abuse and violence where no one else possibly can! The wonder of it all!

What then is there excuse for the utter blindness they seem to posses, after proclaiming such incredible vision, when they turn their gaze towards the abortion clinics? Where is their discernment then, when it comes to considering the violence afflicted against the unborn taking place within the womb?

JellyToast on February 10, 2010 at 5:01 PM

Again, if Shelby wants blatent (not latent) hostility toward women at the forefront, she could do no worse than to criticize the Terry Tate blindside tackle of Sarah Palin. I’ve checked the lib sites and there was nothing but glee when that video went viral.

Their hands are so excrementally dirty you can smell them? And they dare to point fingers at the Tebow’s?

unclesmrgol on February 10, 2010 at 5:01 PM

Not only did they NOT mention the Snickers ad…

Enoxo on February 10, 2010 at 4:59 PM

Actually, they did mention the Snickers ad. That’s the Betty White / Abe Vigoda ad that she claims promotes violence against the elderly.

UltimateBob on February 10, 2010 at 5:01 PM

Shelby, isn’t there a sink full of dirty dishes that you could be taking care of right now???

BigWyo on February 10, 2010 at 5:02 PM

There was no mention of CNN titling a video clip of Gibbs mocking Governor Palin as “Gibbs backhands Palin.”

Enoxo on February 10, 2010 at 4:59 PM

CNN doesn’t know a backhand from a forehand.

unclesmrgol on February 10, 2010 at 5:02 PM

THe other woman for sure, but Megyn?

UltimateBob on February 10, 2010 at 4:50 PM

Do’H. You are correct. wrong name.. not paying attention.

upinak on February 10, 2010 at 5:03 PM

Now this is strictly hypothetical. If a woman got an abortion because she was physically threatened by a man if she didn’t, would these ladies’ heads explode?

Cindy Munford on February 10, 2010 at 4:51 PM

No, when it enriches them anything goes. Now if a man told the woman to keep the baby, then they would have a cow.

MobileVideoEngineer on February 10, 2010 at 5:03 PM

I wonder how Shelby feels about ‘fisting’…?

Seven Percent Solution on February 10, 2010 at 5:04 PM

Off topic – Beck is on right now attacking AGW disciples, and the utter silliness of the claims that the recent mid-atlantic blizzards are proof that the planet is actually getting warmer.

UltimateBob on February 10, 2010 at 5:04 PM

I was in an abusive relationship for a decade. Should I be sensitive to this? Afraid not, ignorant heifer.

di butler on February 10, 2010 at 5:05 PM

What good eyesight they have, such discernment, to be able to see the most smallest hint, the tiniest trace of abuse and violence where no one else possibly can! The wonder of it all!

What then is there excuse for the utter blindness they seem to posses, after proclaiming such incredible vision, when they turn their gaze towards the abortion clinics? Where is their discernment then, when it comes to considering the violence afflicted against the unborn taking place within the womb?

JellyToast on February 10, 2010 at 5:01 PM

Excellant observation.

fourdeucer on February 10, 2010 at 5:05 PM

National Organization of Women You Wouldn’t Touch With Al Franken’s Equipment

Aviator on February 10, 2010 at 5:06 PM

This is so freakin ridiculous. It is humorous because it is so out of the ordinary. If this face(made for radio) thinks it propmotes violence then she has a problem.

rjoco1 on February 10, 2010 at 5:08 PM

National Organization of Women You Wouldn’t Touch With Al Franken’s Equipment

Aviator on February 10, 2010 at 5:06 PM

Of course not. That would require touching Al Franken’s Equipment and the NOWs.

MobileVideoEngineer on February 10, 2010 at 5:08 PM

Alright, let’s cut the crap here.

What these women’s groups are really opposed to is any activity or form of entertainment that is primarily male-oriented.

They hate the Super Bowl. They hate ads that show Betty White or Pam Tebow being tackled and then getting up and having a laugh about it.

To paraphrase one of their own, Janeane Garofalo, this is sexism straight up.

UltimateBob on February 10, 2010 at 5:09 PM

Actually, they did mention the Snickers ad. That’s the Betty White / Abe Vigoda ad that she claims promotes violence against the elderly.

UltimateBob on February 10, 2010 at 5:01 PM

They did not originally complain about the Snickers ad, it as only after people went… “Hey wait… why this ad and not this other one.”

Enoxo on February 10, 2010 at 5:09 PM

Megan handled this nut-job in an appropriate manner. When you are talking to crazy people, you have to be careful and keep on eye on them and not make any sudden moves because you never know when they are going to go off! She handled her in the way in which you should, making fun of her and pointing out the asinine comments, quoting her on own comments back to her and watching her squirm on national television. All of her arguments were so laughable that even she was embarrassed.

flytier on February 10, 2010 at 5:09 PM

“Women’s Media Center?” Ya hear that ladies? She represents a “Media Center” that represents YOU!

It’s not called “Liberal Women’s Media Center” or even “Concerned Women’s Media Center,” but “Women’s Media Center.” It represents the views of all women. Including you.

29Victor on February 10, 2010 at 5:10 PM

That works too.
YOU, lady, give women a BAD name~hang up your vajayjay and STFU!

HornetSting on February 10, 2010 at 4:44 PM

Do you think we could as BB to do,you know, the right thing? She needs some serious relaxing.

‘puter back?

katy the mean old lady on February 10, 2010 at 5:10 PM

Isn’t that the assistant from Beakman’s World?

madmonkphotog on February 10, 2010 at 5:12 PM

Too bad they’re not outraged about the Superbowl ad depicting EXTREME violence against a BLACK woman.

Vizio ad, featuring Beyoncé getting brutally assaulted

RushBaby on February 10, 2010 at 5:12 PM

New feminist spin on Tebow ad: We were joking, but, um, not really

ROFLMAO

Funny title, Ed… suggesting that feminists have a sense of humor and all. :D

malclave on February 10, 2010 at 5:12 PM

It’s not called “Liberal Women’s Media Center” or even “Concerned Women’s Media Center,” but “Women’s Media Center.” It represents the views of all women. Including you.

29Victor on February 10, 2010 at 5:10 PM

Er, no. I’d rather stay a broad.

katy the mean old lady on February 10, 2010 at 5:12 PM

Just think if Raid ran an advertisement about their bug killing products, PETA would be up in arms.

I guess the NFL supports violence against men, did you see all the tackling, pushing & shoving? The horror.

tommer74 on February 10, 2010 at 5:13 PM

How is the Tebow ad an “anti-choice message”?

hawksruleva on February 10, 2010 at 5:15 PM

It’s not called “Liberal Women’s Media Center” or even “Concerned Women’s Media Center,” but “Women’s Media Center.” It represents the views of all women. Including you.
29Victor on February 10, 2010 at 5:10 PM

That is exactly what they want the public – and their donors – to believe. The selection of that name was no accident.

UltimateBob on February 10, 2010 at 5:15 PM

It’s really simple. NOW was determined to be outraged by this ad. It turned out that there weren’t any anti-abortion overtones to it. So they had to figure out something, ANYTHING to be outraged about.

Red Cloud on February 10, 2010 at 5:18 PM

don’t you people know…
a lady is always entitled to change her mind…

max1 on February 10, 2010 at 5:18 PM

don’t you people know…
a lady is always entitled to change her mind…

max1 on February 10, 2010 at 5:18 PM

You betcha.

katy the mean old lady on February 10, 2010 at 5:20 PM

Just think if Raid ran an advertisement about their bug killing products, PETA would be up in arms.

tommer74 on February 10, 2010 at 5:13 PM

You know PETA wrote a letter to the Zac Brown band, because of the song “chicken fried”. They want him to turn vegetarian.

hawksruleva on February 10, 2010 at 5:21 PM

You know PETA wrote a letter to the Zac Brown band, because of the song “chicken fried”. They want him to turn vegetarian.

hawksruleva on February 10, 2010 at 5:21 PM

So they don’t even want you to talk about it, or sing about meat. Oh Lord.

tommer74 on February 10, 2010 at 5:24 PM

Donate to Rubio’s stimulus bomb

John the Libertarian on February 10, 2010 at 4:52 PM

This comment promotes violence against liberals.

RINO in Name Only on February 10, 2010 at 5:24 PM

You’d think someone who had years of experience in an abusive relationship would actually know what it looked like.

Lily on February 10, 2010 at 5:24 PM

Er, no. I’d rather stay a broad.

katy the mean old lady on February 10, 2010 at 5:12 PM

heh
:)

FontanaConservative on February 10, 2010 at 5:24 PM

The Tebow commerical is clearly attempting to mislead people. Pam did not win the Heisman in 2007.

nico on February 10, 2010 at 5:25 PM

Let’s just keep in mind that according to our buddies at NOW, terrorists are freedom fighters striking back against US Imperialism.

It should be no surprise that unborn babies are just globs of tissue to be disposed of at will.

Up is down.
Black is white.

TheUnrepentantGeek on February 10, 2010 at 5:25 PM

argue yesterday that it was “bizarre”

As opposed to taking a pair of forceps, grabbing the head of a female baby, crushing it and then yanking it out and throwing it in a trash can…yeah, that NOW babe has a real clear idea of abuse.

right2bright on February 10, 2010 at 5:33 PM

Around 2:55:

“…but if you’ve ever been knocked down by a partner or by someone whom you’ve loved… and it wasn’t humor and it wasn’t expected, that’s a serious thing.”

Is she defending the unborn here? Wait, no, my mistake.

JellyToast on February 10, 2010 at 5:34 PM

People that are perpetually offended by every nuance really cause much more harm than help.

di butler on February 10, 2010 at 5:36 PM

Those feminists are just so humorous it must be a real joy to be around them, that is unless you have a love of life.

fourdeucer on February 10, 2010 at 5:38 PM

And if so, why does such a positive story about this choice remain so threatening to them that they have to hyperventilate about “elderly abuse” to cover their tracks?

Guilty conscience?

Q: How many feminists does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
A: That’s not funny!

rbj on February 10, 2010 at 5:43 PM

Love the shoes, Megyn!

how about the ankles?

This was a NOW bimbo eruption at best.

wepeople on February 10, 2010 at 5:47 PM

Sure glad they’re so concerned about the terrorizing of women in Islamic states everywhere.

Oh, wait…

Concern with a Superbowl ad is must more important to the defense of liberty of women on Earth than offending a Global Patriarchal Death Cult (you try to leave Mohammadism, you are condemned to death).

profitsbeard on February 10, 2010 at 5:50 PM

Ugh. Dogooders.

ronsfi on February 10, 2010 at 5:55 PM

All I got out of the guest is that women are weak and have to be protected…. doesn’t that mess with equality.

I guess they don’t mind when men tackle other men. The second a man tackles a women it’s abuse. Why? Because women are too weak to play sports?

LordJack on February 10, 2010 at 6:07 PM

Oye, the add is saying that women who get abortions are whimping out. That you have to be tougher than that.

And them yelling Violence Violence only proves is.

- The Cat

P.S. And it’s just so undarnfair that PP can’t do the same!! This is a double standard!! What if they had an abortion doctor tackle a baby!!! Or a squeezing a parasitically infected woman and making a two pointer into the trashcan!!! See you pro-lifers are evil!!!!!!

MirCat on February 10, 2010 at 6:14 PM

Obvious attempt to manufacture outrage is obvious.

RDuke on February 10, 2010 at 6:16 PM

the real point being that NOW and other feminist groups who claim to back choice are really only acting as mouthpieces for the abortion industry.

Most women support abortion rights not because of a financial connection to the abortion industry but because of the freedom it gives them knowing they might not be surprised by motherhood when they aren’t prepared.It doesn’t make abortion any more right or wrong, but the notion that feminists are driven more by abortion profits than personal freedom seems misguided.

dedalus on February 10, 2010 at 6:19 PM

Why is every woman in these feminist groups ugly?

daesleeper on February 10, 2010 at 6:51 PM

Is she even old enough to vote yet?

BKeyser on February 10, 2010 at 6:58 PM

Where was NOW when Hillary and Sara were getting hammered every day last year? I don’t remember NOW or any woman’s group stepping forward until they found out that they are irrelevant and no one wants to put up with them anymore.

yoda on February 10, 2010 at 7:03 PM

NOW and Peta are two sides of the same coin, which I would happily drown in a fountain.
That’s not to say I don’t love women or animals, but those two groups deserve to be ignored.

Geronimo on February 10, 2010 at 7:05 PM

It is sickening to me that this woman has more outrage over a faked tackle, a computer generated animation, than she does over the real slaughter of innocent babies taking place by the millions every year in this country!

JellyToast on February 10, 2010 at 7:07 PM

She is so sure she’s right. Has no idea why. Just always right in every situation. But then, I’m part of the hetero normative patriarchy.

ronsfi on February 10, 2010 at 7:13 PM

Why is every woman in these feminist groups ugly?

daesleeper on February 10, 2010 at 6:51 PM

It happens as soon as they join. It attacks the outer-shell like liver spots and it never goes away.

ronnyraygun on February 10, 2010 at 7:22 PM

Womens Media Center

eff them

Colorado Anne on February 10, 2010 at 7:36 PM

…. they both seemed dense concerning what was funny about a little old lady playing full contact football.

DFCtomm on February 10, 2010 at 4:50 PM

Well, I don’t know what was funny about it either. I just know it was funny.

By the way, Fish rules!

“Bernice!”

SagebrushPuppet on February 10, 2010 at 8:01 PM

I actually do think the ads this year were overly aggressive. But it wasn’t about women.

AnninCA on February 10, 2010 at 8:04 PM

“Focus on the Family’s agenda is not benign”, according to psycho abortionist mouthpiece.
Note the irony of a person who thinks it’s ok to kill babies saying the pro-life agenda is not benign.

sheesh on February 10, 2010 at 8:43 PM

The old lady playing football commercial advocated violence against seniors as the movie “Independence Day” advocated the establishment of a military force to defend us against an invasion of an alien armada.

DFCtomm on February 10, 2010 at 8:52 PM

Women’s Media Center – Another pathetic bunch of liberal women demanding stuff.

daesleeper on February 10, 2010 at 9:07 PM

HornetSting on February 10, 2010 at 4:44 PM

Hornet, full sugar soda (don’t tell FLOUTUS or she’ll come to my house in her sofa dress and take away my soda-I love those Hillbuzz guys who talk about her poor fashion choices, they are almost as funny as you!) all over keyboard!

O/T and totally serious, I was thinking of you when I saw that Facebook group about that Pants on The Ground guy wearing a button in his AI video that supports a convicted cop-killer. Some evil troll was spewing cop hate on the group’s wall and the family of the fallen officers read it. I know that you too have family in law enforcement and it made my blood boil when I read it.

margategop517 on February 10, 2010 at 9:11 PM

These people are a waste of oxygen, I hope there is someone, or a group of someones adding their names to a database somewhere.

They will not be happy until they have sucked all the happiness out of the world. If these people ever actually succeed in getting what they say they want, I hope they enjoy scrounging for a can of cat/dog food just to live.

mrpeabody on February 10, 2010 at 9:35 PM

My wife and I just watched this. I told her that this is why women, except for you my love and megyn kelly, should not be allowed to vote.

Fuligin on February 10, 2010 at 9:35 PM

Why is every woman in these feminist groups ugly?

daesleeper on February 10, 2010 at 6:51 PM

They’re ugly inside, and it shows on the outside. The abortion movement attracts a lot of women that cannot thrive in society or develop healthy relationships. So, they flock together to push something they themselves will never need. Namely, abortion.

So, what does a feminist use for birth control?

Answer: Her personality.

mrpeabody on February 10, 2010 at 9:41 PM

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