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.
— Marion Polk (@AMVETSNatlCmdr) January 22, 2018
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
— AMVETS (@AMVETSHQ) January 23, 2018
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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