While Fox Sports aired advertisements starring drag queens during Super Bowl commercial breaks, the network wouldn’t allow a 30-second commercial highlighting survivors of abortion.
However, the advertisement in question abstains from using the word “abortion” or any overt political statements. Instead, it features various individuals, all survivors of abortion, asking questions including: “can you look me in the eye and tell me that I shouldn’t be alive?”
The organization took to social media to describe the difficulties they were having securing air time: “Over the past six months, we have struggled to have FOX clear a 30-second spot for Super Bowl Sunday.”
While a Fox spokesperson told the Washington Times the network was “unable to accommodate” the advertisement because the highly-coveted commercial slots “sold out at a record pace this year,” a Variety report described how additional advertising space had become available.
This revelation prompted Faces of Choice to launch a petition that at the time of writing has already surpassed 50,000 signatures.
In contrast, Fox seems to be prioritizing air time for commercial featuring drag queens – “Kim Chi” and “Miz Cracker” selling Sabra Hummus – at the Super Bowl, a family event.
And football itself, in light of Colin Kaepernick’s decision to kneel during the National Anthem, has also become highly politicized but solely progressive causes.
In response to both the double standard and glorification of drag queens, several Christian leaders voiced outrage.
Evangelical leader James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, commented: “So there you have it. Fox has said ‘yes’ to drag queens and ‘no’ to abortion survivors. Celebrating sexual fantasy while denying the value of every life… could the soul of America be any more lost?”
Fox has come under fire for failing to reflect conservative viewpoints, especially the Republican party under the direction of President Trump, and the wider populist movement.