NBC has rejected CatholicVote.com’s attempt to buy advertising time during the Super Bowl to show its pro-life ad. Though the network says it does not show ads involving “political advocacy or issues,” the ad’s creators have questioned whether a double standard is at work.
But wait …the folks who created the pro-life ad say there’s a double standard. NBC says it banned a similarly political ad from PETA . But the CatholicVote.com folks claim NBC was willing to air the PETA ad.
An e-mail reportedly from Victoria Morgan, Vice President of Advertising Standards for Universal, was reproduced on the PETA web site explaining the ad’s rejection: “The PETA spot submitted to Advertising Standards depicts a level of sexuality exceeding our standards.”
The e-mail to PETA detailed “edits that need to be made” in order for the ad to run.
“NBC claims it doesn’t allow advocacy ads, but that’s not true. They were willing to air an ad by PETA if they would simply tone down the sexual suggestiveness. Our ad is far less provocative, and hardly controversial by comparison,” said Burch.
I don’t know if there’s a double standard or not. It doesn’t matter. It’s banned. Period. So … just for you one more time.