By Alicia Lutes, Hollywood.com Staff
Tact is often a writer's best friend when discussing controversial events. But not today, because a bunch of idiots think that Neil Patrick Harris' new Super Bowl ad is pushing some sort of ""gay agenda"" while simultaneously mocking Christianity. Clearly they've never heard of the words ""imitation"" or Beyoncé. And they also haven't seen any of the other advertising materials related to the upcoming CBS-fronted Super Bowl. Apparently, their frequency is only tuned to Tim Tebow.
Harris' face is featured in a new commercial for the upcoming sporting event, shown wearing the often-seen-on-sports-types eye black (it helps with the sun reflection! My brother will be so proud I know that), with the date of Super Bowl XLVII (Feb. 3, 2013) written over it.
Now, any one with even a minimal knowledge of popular culture will look at the advertisement and go ""oh look, NPH is doing his best Beyoncé!"" and laugh about how wonderfully delightful and playful the all-around entertainer is when it comes to pretty much everything. But no! Not those over-eager beavers at WNDthose folks saw nothing of the sort when they looked upon Harris' face. What they saw was, according to an unnamed ""football fan"" who watched the ad, was CBS ""pushing a gay agenda by using him, and they're mocking Christians at the same time."" Why? Because a lot of times, Tim Tebow writes the names and numbers of Bible verses in his own eye black (i.e. ""John 3:16"").
Just pointing this out: no one got mad when noted heterosexual woman Beyoncé Knowles did the same thing in her Super Bowl-related advertisement. Guess everyone missed that her ad was actually trying to push a radical womens' agenda! Women are dangerous! Jokes aside, Beyoncé definitely has more than a couple gay fans and vocal about her belief in God: was her ad an affront, then, too? No? Why's that? Oh, right, because she's not a gay man.
Now here is where tact would come in mighty handy: trying to see both sides of the argument, and where someone who is a better person than me would say something about how the eye black that Harris is wearing has a shape more similar to Tebow's than Beyoncé's, therefore causing the kerfuffle. But that won't be happening here, because aren't we all just sick and tired of the seemingly never-ending tirade of fear-mongering that uninformed, hateful people just love to talk about? When is this stupidity going to end? It's always a joy to hear folks such as this unnamed football fan (which, sidenote: is that even allowed in respectable journalism?) above force the rest of the population to respect their religious beliefs (in a country that was founded on the rights of religious freedom), while simultaneously berating and disrespecting the lives of others that have nothing to do with them whatsoever. Sounds like someone can dish it, but not take it.
Not every single thing that gay people do is to force a so-called gay agenda. Nor is therethat I know of, but maybe my gay friends have been holding out on me!a gay agenda at all. I'm pretty sure any gay agenda just translates to ""equality"" and ""equal rights."" (Call me crazy! It's just an idea I have.) Whatever happened to people living their lives and treating others as they wished to be treated? What happened to acceptance and reason and goodwill towards man? Assuming that everything the gay community does is a pointed attack on your religious beliefs sure is an egotistical way to live a life. Do you really think they care about what you think that much? Is everything that these so-called Christians do pushing a Christian agenda? Would anyone ever even assume that? Isn't that equally as disrespectful (if not more so) to people who may not hold your beliefs? There is such a thing as living life outside of the religious perspective. And that doesn't make CBS or Neil Patrick Harris bad people. It just makes them Americans exercising their rights.
So yeah, chill out, everyone. Besides, I hear you're way more susceptible to the gay agenda when you're all worked up.
Do you think Harris' ad is offensive? Do you think the claims of mockery are valid? Let us know in the comments!
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