By Grace Vasquez
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know all about the controversy surrounding the NFL players and kneeling during the presentation of the National Anthem and the American flag. The protest began in 2016 with Coin Kaepernick who said he was protesting during the anthem because “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color…” The protest quickly spread among other teams and soon the controversy grew because many felt the NFL players were being disrespectful to the men and women who have died protecting our country. Fast forward to today.
A veterans organization says the NFL is trampling its First Amendment rights by rejecting an ad intended for the Super Bowl’s printed program. AMVETS is reporting that the ad was rejected for essentially being “too political.”
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy claims that the Super Bowl has never allowed advertising that some would see as political. AMVETS Executive Director Joe Chenelly claims that if NFL players can kneel during the national anthem, then his organization should be able to place a program ad that reads “Please Stand.” For the record, the ad includes a photo of the American flag held by a military color guard.
The NFL says they’re only doing what they’ve always done when it comes to rejecting a planned AMVETS ad intended for the Super Bowl. Really? I recall some pretty “political” ads during the 2017 Super Bowl remember the 84 Lumber:
Audi also had an ad about equal pay that went viral:
There are many “political” type ads that have aired during the Super Bowl so why did the NFL reject an ad asking people to stand up during the National Anthem? That’s what I was taught in school what changed?
The VFW will have an ad that reads, “We Stand for Veterans,” with the veteran organization’s benefits listed on the photo. The Patriots and Eagles will go head-to-head in Super Bowl 52 in Minneapolis on February 4th.
How unfortunate that the NFL has opted to take sides on this issue, if they were fair they would allow BOTH SIDES to air their message. Let the viewers decide who they want to support. Sigh. ~grace