Maybe If I Were Gay....
I don't think there's ever been a year in my life where there hasn't been a Super Bowl. And I don't think there's been a year in my life without at least one commercial during the Super Bowl which objectifies women in some way. Those ads have stuck around.
Now, though, after a bit of hue and cry from the gay community the Snickers 'man kiss' ad is being pulled.
"This type of jeering from professional sports figures at the sight of two men kissing fuels the kind of anti-gay bullying that haunts countless gay and lesbian school children on playgrounds all across the country," Human Rights Campaign president Joe Solmonese said in a statement.
Yeah, okay. I take your point, Joe. But my first and most libertarian reaction is to say "Speak up and change the channel." With the millions of TV hours in play each year there is bound to be something to offend everyone. I think it's perfectly fine to say 'we don't like this and we aren't watching it and here's why.' Be outraged and then make a case for your outrage. That's a better way to educate people to your point of view, in my opinion. To simply demand that the world constantly bend over backward to adjust to your personal sensibilities is both impractical and childish.
I put up with Fat Monica on Friends, Shallow Hal, Big Momma's House, and countless other anti-fat entertainment options all the time. I can't turn on the television (especially during January) without running into about 9000 weight-loss commercials. What do you think these things do for the treatment of fat school children on playgrounds all across the country? Nothing good, I assure you. Yet I don't insist the ads get pulled.
I can't figure out if I'm jealous at the enormous pull the gay community seems to have right now or slightly irritated. Perhaps both.
Update: Fixed Link.