The Super Bowl is right around the corner and that means fantastic commercials.Or maybe some really controversial ones?
Apparently, the ad will feature Tim Tebow's mother who will relate her experience of being advised to have an abortion, refusing, and giving birth to Tim Tebow, football player extraordinaire (I really don't know much about football so I'm taking this at face value).
So firstly, the commercial's position itself is a pretty bad one. Just because Tim Tebow's mother gave birth to Tim Tebow, doesn't mean that a person should or should not have an abotion, because it is just as likely that Tim Tebow's mother could have given birth to the next Osama Bin Laden or Adolf Hitler. Sure I can be happy, as Tim is, that I was not aborted, but if I were aborted, would I be unhappy that I was aborted? Or another way to put it, would I be any unhappier than the billions of possible other children that didn't get conceived and gestated to term? (I recognize that there is a difference here between an actual conceived being and potentially conceived beings here.)
Secondly, I find it rather troubling that anyone thinks that a complicated issue such as abortion can easily be summed up in a 30-60 seconds. But unfortunately that what this ad and the inevitable rebuttal commercials will be trying to do. Discourse through commercials is like discourse through bumper stickers, it can be done only at the most superficial of levels, making people think less about he very hefty issues that they are considering.
Finally, I don't want to come off sounding like I'm against people's freedom of expression here. I'm fully behind their right to speak their mind and share their arguments. I'm actually looking forward to the commercial, even though I'm fully pro-choice. But is the Super Bowl really the platform that people should be using to communicate such touchy issues such as abortion? Not too long ago, there was a huge hubub over Janet Jackson and a certain performance that she exhibited during half-time. Now although, I don't think seeing Janet Jackson's nipple harmed anyone in any way, I don't think it was terribly appropriate either, since, as many people pointed out, the Super Bowl is a family event. I know my neighbors' children will be watching it. Should we be putting conversation starters like this in the Super Bowl?