Monday, February 02, 2009

NBC and the NFL Can Rot [UPDATED]

I'm with Tertium Quid:
The commercials are so rotten for an eight year-old that we switched to Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader and then to Tom & Jerry.

I hope NBC loses money. It does not have to be this way.
He's right ... it doesn't have to be this way. For the record, here's an example of a commercial that NBC and the NFL deem INappropriate for their viewers:

On the other hand, here's a sampling of ads that NBC and the NFL didn't mind your kids watching:

Sickening. And yet another reason I'm not convinced the NFL didn't sign off on Janet Jackson's infamous "wardrobe malfunction" a few years ago, only to backtrack after receiving negative feedback from outraged viewers.

I think the NFL should hear from folks on this one, as well.

Anthony Esolen and Christine the Soccer Mom express their disgust at these ads.

Previous Pro Ecclesia posts on this subject:
NBC Rejects Pro-Life Super Bowl Ad

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At 2/02/2009 12:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They are doing what makes the best economical sense for them; they don't care about what it right or ethical, they are just trying to maximize profit. If you don't like it, never watch the NFL or NBC again.

There is no reason to really get upset about it, though. What else can we really expect? Contacting NBC and the NFL is not going to do any good, because they don't care about you. They know that the vast majority of the people watching the Super Bowl don't want to hear about abortion and would rather see mindless potty humor in their ads. NBC and the NFL know that if they do the same exact thing next year, their ratings are not going to suffer one bit.

My point is basically to quit worrying about what everyone else is watching and what television stations decide to air. You have a decision to make. The NFL doesn't have any responsibility toward your kids and what they watch on television; that is completely and unequivocally your job. If you don't want your kids seeing risque commercials, then shut off your television.

I rarely watch anything on TV anymore, because it is all pretty much garbage. I don't disagree with you on that point. Most of the stuff on television, whether the programs or the ads are not fit for mature adults to watch, let alone children. The difference is, I just don't turn on the TV for the most part. Honestly, the only things I watch is Sportscenter every now and then, perhaps some games, and some programs on Nick at Nite, because I know these are for the most part unobjectionable.

At 2/02/2009 12:42 PM, Blogger Adrienne said...

Jay - money is the only thing that "talks". Just imagine if every Catholic that objected to the pro-life ad had called NBC and said we will not watch your program.


At 2/02/2009 3:09 PM, Blogger Christine the Soccer Mom said...

I discussed those ads today, too. But it's not just on Super Bowl Sunday - it's during EVERY sports broadcast.

My comments are here.

At 2/02/2009 8:36 PM, Blogger Michael R. Denton said...

I actually thought this Superbowl was better in terms of sex advertising than some of the past ones, though I missed 2 of the 5 commercials in your lineup.

And SoccerMom is's usually worse on other sports broadcasts, and that's just the in-game footage of the cheerleaders.

However, NBC's decision to exclude the pro-life ad is unacceptable.


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