Gay dating ads
According to a rep for the dating site, which operates under the slogan “Where Many Many Many Men Come Out to Play,” the ad was submitted on Monday, January 18th.
When the site followed up on the status of the ad on Friday, January 22nd, they were told by CBS that “the spot hadn’t been officially approved yet" by network standards, and that "all the Super Bowl spots were sold out.” SLIDESHOW: Click here to see famous banned Super Bowl ads.
“Man Crunch requested the spot get reviewed anyway just in case another advertiser drops out and a spot becomes available, as often happens, and CBS agreed,” added the site’s rep.
Man Crunch officials said they believe CBS has no intention of airing a commercial for their gay dating service, "but do not want to officially ‘reject’ the spot out of fear there may be a backlash from gay advocacy groups.” However, a representative from the network told Pop Tarts that advertising spots were still open, and was unsure where that comment originated.
Without that information, he declined to speculate whether homophobia played a role.
However, Pink Triangle’s digital business director, Attila Szatmari, questioned why other ads with sexual tones were allowed and not Squirt’s.“Nobody is complaining about the Tommy Hilfiger underwear ads but once you see two guys or three guys then it’s no longer acceptable,” he told Daily Xtra.
“We still have a lot of ads we have yet to review.” Man Crunch’s submission is not the only controversial ad CBS has had to review this year.
On Wednesday, the network announced that they had approved a pro-life commercial starring Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, funded by the conservative Christian group Focus on the Family, to air during the game.
“CBS’s recent decision to air an anti-choice advertisement during Super Bowl XLIV was outrageous,” a rep from advocacy group The Women’s Media Center said.
K., the Netherlands, Australia and New Zealand and we’ve never had any problems,” Nolan said.
“So to have them removed in a diverse city like Toronto was disappointing.”Nolan said the TTC would not provide the content of the complaints against the ads.