There is plenty of controversy over the Focus on the Family “Celebrate Family, Celebrate Life” ad that will be broadcast during the Super Bowl tomorrow. I don’t know if Superbowl-Ads.com is an official site, but they have an article there echoing some very nice sentiments by Focus on the Family about “sharing respect for life and passion for helping families thrive.”
It seems to me that Focus on the Family has an overly narrow idea of which lives to respect and which families should thrive. This FotF exclusionary narrow mindedness has been discussed to death by pundits far more articulate than I. I just want to make sure that all the lives and families that upstanding, moral citizens have conveniently ignored don’t get forgotten this Super Bowl Sunday. So, rather than drone on and on with more verbal commentary, I created my own “Hey, let’s not forget what’s happening over here!” competing Super Bowl Ad:
Now I can’t afford to get my ad on the Super Bowl and even if I could, I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t let me, but I still think this message of respect for ALL life deserves some airplay. Don’t you? OK, here’s how you can help. (This is the “Conceptual Art” part and YOU get to be a part of it.)
Click this link to download a high resolution copy of the Non-Super Bowl-Ad. The high resolution copy is formatted to be printed exactly as a 4×6 photo. Just upload that photo** to your local drugstore that has 1-Hour Photo Processing and make yourself as many copies as you think you’ll need.
Now when you’re at your home Super Bowl Party or local sports bars watching the big game, be prepared with your stack of photos. When the Focus on the Family ad comes on the TV, then just jump up and pass out all the Focus on the Family Photo-Ads you printed up. That’s it. That’s all there is to showing your support not just for some life and some families, but for all life and all families everywhere. Now that’s what I call “Conceptual Art!”
** Now for you worry-worts thinking, “I can’t make copies of these photos, what if the images are copyrighted!?” Well, don’t worry; every one of the images I used to create this graphic is in the public domain, downloaded from the Department of Defense website, photographed by government employees being paid by your tax dollars. Yep, we Americans own these images, except we don’t really want to see them or think about them, but that’s another story.
Here are the images I used:
PS – I’ve edited this post from the time I first wrote it, because it was pointed out to me that I didn’t even know that “Super Bowl” was TWO words. That’s what I get for trying to make social justice commentary about a TV ad, when I don’t even watch TV!