NFL: Let’s Listen Together…except to those AMVETS

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NFL: Let's Listen Together...except to those AMVETS

Well that’s one way to get peo­ple to talk about a game whose result every­one not liv­ing in Philly believes in a fore­gone conclusion.

“Free­dom of speech works both ways,” he said. “We respect the rights of those who choose to protest, as these rights are pre­cisely what our mem­bers have fought — and in many cases died — for.

But impos­ing cor­po­rate cen­sor­ship to deny that same right to those vet­er­ans who have secured it for us all is rep­re­hen­si­ble and totally beyond the pale.”

The NFL had this to say

In a state­ment, NFL Vice Pres­i­dent of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Brian McCarthy said the Super Bowl game pro­gram “is designed for fans to com­mem­o­rate and cel­e­brate the game, play­ers, teams and the Super Bowl. It’s never been a place for adver­tis­ing that could be con­sid­ered by some as a polit­i­cal statement.”

Which is ironic as at the same time they were refus­ing the AMVETS on NFL​.com you can find this anounce­ment:

As part of its ongo­ing work to sup­port its play­ers, the NFL today announced a joint player and own­er­ship com­mit­ment focused on social jus­tice. The cam­paign, Let’s Lis­ten Together, launches today and includes a multi-​layered roll-​out includ­ing dig­i­tal con­tent and brand spots high­light­ing the player-​led work on social and racial equal­ity. The plat­form will also include social media sup­port, as well as indi­vid­ual let­ters from play­ers and own­ers shar­ing their sto­ries and per­sonal rea­sons for mak­ing social jus­tice a priority.

The pro­gram is called “let’s lis­ten together” whose pur­pose is to advance so called “social jus­tice” which is appar­ently to be defined by the Kaeper­nick wing of the NFL, because “social jus­tice” and “lis­ten­ing” and the NFL’s so called com­mit­ment to “free speech” doesn’t include lis­ten­ing to Amer­i­can Vets jus­tice for Amer­i­can vets or free speech for groups like the AM vets.

BTW here is the ad that they con­sid­ered so divi­sive that they didn’t want it in a program.

Oddly enough the NBA and the NHL didn’t think the ad was all that con­tro­ver­sial

AMVETS offi­cials said the same #Pleas­e­S­tand ad was accepted by the National Hockey League and Major League Base­ball for inclu­sion in their all-​star games’ pro­grams. The orga­ni­za­tion sees the adver­tise­ment as an exten­sion of their role as a “non­par­ti­san advo­cate for vet­er­ans and their families.”

The NFL is a pri­vate cor­po­ra­tion and has the right to accept or reject any adver­tise­ment on TV or else­where. But the rejec­tion of the AMVET ad high­lights the par­a­lyz­ing fear felt by the NFL over the anthem protests that has dra­mat­i­cally affected its popularity.

and here are is the AMVETS answer

Glenn Reynolds nails it:

Pete Rozelle is pretty much doing non-​stop 360s in his grave at this point.

Two clos­ing thoughts:

Thought 1: Except for the year the Super­bowl was held in the cold, it is gen­er­ally a place to be for celebs to show how impor­tant they are. I won­der how many of those woke celebs will make it a point to sit or kneel for the national anthem? After all it’s very impor­tant to look “woke”, par­tic­u­larly on national TV

Thought 2: As it is a given that this Pres­i­dent will take advan­tage of this faux pas to bring back this issue how will red state Democ­rats answer this ques­tion with­out alien­at­ing either their base or the gen­eral elec­tion voters.

I can’t wait till elec­tion day.

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Well that’s one way to get people to talk about a game whose result everyone not living in Philly believes in a foregone conclusion.

“Freedom of speech works both ways,” he said. “We respect the rights of those who choose to protest, as these rights are precisely what our members have fought — and in many cases died — for.

“But imposing corporate censorship to deny that same right to those veterans who have secured it for us all is reprehensible and totally beyond the pale.”

The NFL had this to say

In a statement, NFL Vice President of Communications Brian McCarthy said the Super Bowl game program “is designed for fans to commemorate and celebrate the game, players, teams and the Super Bowl. It’s never been a place for advertising that could be considered by some as a political statement.”

Which is ironic as at the same time they were refusing the AMVETS on NFL.com you can find this anouncement:

As part of its ongoing work to support its players, the NFL today announced a joint player and ownership commitment focused on social justice. The campaign, Let’s Listen Together, launches today and includes a multi-layered roll-out including digital content and brand spots highlighting the player-led work on social and racial equality. The platform will also include social media support, as well as individual letters from players and owners sharing their stories and personal reasons for making social justice a priority.

The program is called “let’s listen together” whose purpose is to advance so called “social justice” which is apparently to be defined by the Kaepernick wing of the NFL, because “social justice” and “listening” and the NFL’s so called commitment to “free speech” doesn’t include listening to American Vets justice for American vets or free speech for groups like the AM vets.

BTW here is the ad that they considered so divisive that they didn’t want it in a program.

Oddly enough the NBA and the NHL didn’t think the ad was all that controversial

AMVETS officials said the same #PleaseStand ad was accepted by the National Hockey League and Major League Baseball for inclusion in their all-star games’ programs. The organization sees the advertisement as an extension of their role as a “nonpartisan advocate for veterans and their families.”

The NFL is a private corporation and has the right to accept or reject any advertisement on TV or elsewhere. But the rejection of the AMVET ad highlights the paralyzing fear felt by the NFL over the anthem protests that has dramatically affected its popularity.

and here are is the AMVETS answer

Glenn Reynolds nails it:

Pete Rozelle is pretty much doing non-stop 360s in his grave at this point.

Two closing thoughts:

Thought 1:  Except for the year the Superbowl was held in the cold, it is generally a place to be for celebs to show how important they are.  I wonder how many of those woke celebs will make it a point to sit or kneel for the national anthem?  After all it’s very important to look “woke”, particularly on national TV

Thought 2:  As it is a given that this President will take advantage of this faux pas to bring back this issue how will red state Democrats answer this question without alienating either their base or the general election voters.

I can’t wait till election day.

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Finally might I suggest my book  Hail Mary the Perfect Protestant (and Catholic) Prayer makes an excellent Gift.