NBC Rejects Super Bowl Pro-Life Ad Featuring Unborn Baby Obama

January 30, 2009

CHICAGO, IL (LifeSiteNews.com) – NBC has rejected an uplifting and positive pro-life ad submitted for its Super Bowl broadcast this Sunday.  After several days of negotiations, an NBC representative in Chicago told CatholicVote.org late yesterday that NBC and the NFL are not interested in advertisements involving ‘political advocacy or issues.’
Brian Burch, President of CatholicVote.org said, “There is nothing objectionable in this positive, life-affirming advertisement. We show a beautiful ultrasound, something NBC’s parent company GE has done for years. We congratulate Barack Obama on becoming the first African-American President.  And we simply ask people to imagine the potential of every human life.”
“NBC told CatholicVote.org that they do not allow political or issue advocacy advertisements. But that’s not what they told PETA,” said Burch. “There’s no doubt that PETA is an advocacy group.  NBC rejected PETA’s ad for another reason altogether.”
According to an email posted on PETA.org, Victoria Morgan, Vice President of Advertising Standards for Universal, said: “The PETA spot submitted to Advertising Standards depicts a level of sexuality exceeding our standards.” Morgan even detailed “edits that need to be made” in order for the spot to run during the Super Bowl. The PETA ad depicts lingerie clad women in highly sexually suggestive poses.
“NBC claims it doesn’t allow advocacy ads, but that’s not true. They were willing to air an ad by PETA if they would simply tone down the sexual suggestiveness.  Our ad is far less provocative, and hardly controversial by comparison,” said Burch.
“The purpose of our new ad is to spread a message of hope about the potential of every human life, including the life of Barack Obama,” said Burch.  “We are now looking at alternative venues to run the ad over the next several weeks.”
The ad aired on BET in Chicago on Inauguration Day. It has become an Internet hit with over 700,000 views in seven days.  The ad was in the top 10 ‘most viewed’ category on YouTube on Inauguration Day last week.
The ad shows an ultrasound of an unborn baby and reads: “This child’s future is a broken home. He will be abandoned by his father. His single mother will struggle to raise him. Despite the hardships he will endure … this child … will become … the 1st African-American President.”  The ad concludes with the tagline, “Life: Imagine the Potential.” The ad is the first of several ads in new campaign launched by CatholicVote.org.
The ad can be viewed at http://www.catholicvote.org/ <http://www.catholicvote.org/>  - a project of the Fidelis Center for Law and Policy.

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One Response to “NBC Rejects Super Bowl Pro-Life Ad Featuring Unborn Baby Obama”

  1. Colleen Hammond on January 30th, 2009 10:50 am

    NBC is definitely guilty of a double standard, here.

    But as the Washington Post reports, PETA probably had no intentions of paying to have the spot run! Instead, there were counting on the media to report that their ad had been rejected, thus sending people to PETA’s website in droves to view their X-rated ads. Thankfully, the same media reports hold true for CatholicVote.org. I’d be curious to see the uptick in their numbers!

    Below is from: http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/story/1007109.html

    PETA, on being rejected, (said): “Apparently, NBC has something against girls who love their veggies.”

    An NBC spokesperson: “The ad was rejected because it did not conform with our standards.”

    “Given that this is one of many PETA ads rejected by a network — the group has eight of them proudly displayed on its Web site — we, and apparently others, can’t help but suspect that PETA never really intended to buy ad time in the Super Bowl. …

    Of course, being banned by NBC is a really effective way to drive viewers to your Web site to watch the naughty spot — and saves about $3M, the Washington Post noted.

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