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Pro-Life LITE Super Bowl Advertising

Wednesday, February 10, 2010 1:25 PM Comments (4)

So the much commented-upon Tim Tebow Super Boal ad is now out.

I thought it was really, really . . . sweet.

Tim Drake offers similar thoughts on the beauty of the ad.

The ad was disarmingly non-controversial. It was just really, really sweet.

Yes, I did see a comment from NOW proclaiming that the ad fostered violence against women due to the unexpected mom tackle in the ad, but . . . c’mon. This is an ad to be aired in a football game. It’s a joke. Even I, a total non-football fan, “get it.” And mom even has the “You’re nowhere near as tough as I am” line as the capper. This is all playful, not threatening.

It’s sweet.

And that’s about all.

The pro-life issue was so buried in the ad that you’d have to know that it was there in order to perceive it at all. The only way an uninitiate would ever find out that this ad had anything to do with abortion would be to go to Focus on the Family’s web site and read more.

So this was definitely pro-life lite in its approach.

Maybe it had to be. Maybe the network wouldn’t have run the ad with an explicit reference to abortion.

But that raises the question—given the large amounts of money paid for Super Bowl ads—of whether the effort was worth it.

The ad may have too little bang for too many bucks.

Maybe it was worth it. Maybe enough people will go to the link to make it worthwhile. Or maybe the controversy that preceded the ad got enough helpful discussion going that it would make it worthwhile to run the ad.

Or maybe not.

I can certainly see why people who had high hopes for the ad would be disappointed.

It would have been strengthened 500% if mom’s line, “I call him my miracle baby. He almost didn’t make it into this world. I remember so many times when I almost lost him,” had been augmented even just by the words “Some people told me not to have him.” That would have at least gotten the real issue on the table, without having to use the “A” word (if that would have been a dealbreaker with network).

So it definitely seems that it’s debatable whether the ad was worthwhile.

Anyone care to debate?

Filed under advertising, focus on the family, pro-life, super bowl, tim tebow

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Jimmy was born in Texas, grew up nominally Protestant, but at age 20 experienced a profound conversion to Christ. Planning on becoming a Protestant pastor or seminary professor, he started an intensive study of the Bible. But the more he immersed himself in Scripture the more he found to support the Catholic faith. Eventually, he entered the Catholic Church. His conversion story, "A Triumph and a Tragedy," is published in Surprised by Truth. Besides being an author, Jimmy is a Senior Apologist at Catholic Answers, a contributing editor to This Rock magazine, and a weekly guest on "Catholic Answers Live."