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2 comments | Friday, January 29, 2010

You may be aware of the controversy brewing over CBS's decision to air an anti-abortion ad starring Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow and produced by anti-gay group Focus on The Family during the upcoming Super Bowl. Well there's another ad produced by Go Daddy.com featuring an overweight effeminate retired football player named "Lola" who pursues a career as a fashion designer that has been flat out rejected.

This is one of two potential Super Bowl ads that have been leaked featuring black actors that have been particularly troubling.

A second ad for the gay dating site Mancrunch shows two white men passionately kissing after sharing a bowl of chips with a presumed straight black man looking on in disgust. Both ads miss the mark in my opinion and reinforce the belief that all black gay men are effeminate & over the top (not that there's anything wrong with effeminate men if that's your authentic self) or all straight black men are homophobic and are freaked out by the something as simple as a same-sex kiss.

According to CBS officials the Mancrunch ad is still under consideration while the Go Daddy.com ad will thankfully never be seen beyond the internet.

Watch both ads below and tell me your thoughts.


<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

The Lola commercial was..interesting He was very effeminate. I wonder if that also speaks to the stigma against homosexuality in male professional sports.

. The second commercial...I don't think the guy looks disgusted, I think he looks CONFUSED! Watching it I was a little confused, too. From grabbing a chip to tonging the guy down? That was a bit of a leap for me.

January 29, 2010 4:21 PM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

the LOLA commercial was not good for a spot on regular TV show, let alone during the SUPERBOWL. It would have been the same way even if LOLA was actually a woman. It was a whack commercial and I really didn't get it. It was a failed attempt at being forcibly funny.

The second commercial was just as whack. The guy was confused like I was. Going for chips and then start making out, a bit random for a commercial that is trying to make a point, but the product did not have anything to do with the commercial's intent.

January 31, 2010 12:12 PM


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