NFL Rejects AMVET Ad for Super Bowl Program – Censorship?
In a blatant act of censorship, the NFL rejected a one page ad from the American Veterans (AMVET) that contained one simple request: “Please Stand.” The ad was to be placed in the Super Bowl LII program. It was rejected because of its “political statement”…and Colin Kaepernick and the kneelers aren’t “political?”
Marion Polk, the National commander of AMVETS, the nation’s largest Veteran’s group, is angry that the NFL treats veterans as not worthy of the same free speech that everyone enjoys…specifically, the kneeling players.
“Freedom of speech works both ways. 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.” Marion Polk
The NFL says even though they originally asked AMVETS to put in an ad, they rejected it for political content.
“It’s never been a place for advertising that could be considered by some as a political statement” Brian McCarthy VP of Communications
What? Do they not realize that the kneeling of their players is a political statement that viewers are subjected to every game?
According to the Army Times, the Veterans of Foreign Wars will have an ad in the program that says “We Stand for Veterans.” AMVETS was asked to consider changing the wording of their ad from “Please Stand” to the same, but did not do so before publication deadline.
The NFL claims to support veterans. But veterans fought and died not just for free speech, but for the flag that represents those rights. By ignoring that, the NFL has made disrespect their anthem.
— Marion Polk (@AMVETSNatlCmdr) January 22, 2018
— Christian Datoc (@TocRadio) January 23, 2018
According to the @NFL, #TakeAKnee is accepted as #FreeSpeech, but #PleaseStand is frowned upon. Guess we know just how far #Veterans are allowed to implement the rights we fought for. Watch my interview with @TeamCavuto @ 0400 PM ET https://t.co/IQtYMRqzaC pic.twitter.com/1jiIiiqnV9
— Marion Polk (@AMVETSNatlCmdr) January 23, 2018
Joe Chenelly, executive director of AMVETS, said players who protest by kneeling during the national anthem are exercising their free speech and that AMVETS only wanted to do the same. https://t.co/LbbiPPS0HE
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) January 23, 2018