The NFL’s anti-America stance continues, as they have now rejected a veteran group’s pro-America message.
This is dumbfounding.
A patriotic advertisement that a veteran’s organization had hoped to have included in this year’s official Super Bowl game program was rejected because of its pro-American message.
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AMVETS officials have a message for the NFL: “Freedom of speech works both ways.”
In what AMVETS say is a case of “corporate censorship,” the NFL, which, unlike several other professional sports leagues, has allowed its players to protest the singing of the National Anthem — and has paid dearly for doing so — has refused to run their “#PleaseStand” ad the veterans group produced in response to the divisive protest movement.
“Freedom of speech works both ways,” said AMVETS National Commander Marion Polk, the Army Times reports. “We respect the rights of those who choose to protest, as these rights are precisely what our members have fought — and in many cases died — for. But imposing corporate censorship to deny that same right to those veterans who have secured it for us all is reprehensible and totally beyond the pale.”
The group says the $30,000 ad featured service members saluting Old Glory as well as their response to the #TakeAKnee message: “#PleaseStand.”
NFL Vice President of Communications Brian McCarthy told the Army Times in a statement that the league asked AMVETS to change their message to “Please Stand for Our Veterans,” but the group was unable to make changes in time for the deadline. The NFL is running a similar ad from the Veterans of Foreign Wars with the message, “We Stand for Veterans.”
While the NFL for two years now has allowed players to sit, kneel, raise a fist or perform other symbolic acts during the performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” the league says the Super Bowl is not a time for political messages. The Super Bowl, said McCarthy, has “never been a place for advertising that could be considered by some as a political statement.”
We’ll have to wait and see how this year’s Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles does ratings-wise.