Anti-American anthem protesters disgraced the country, but were given $89 million by NFL owners for social activist causes.
Meanwhile, a military veterans group wanted to run a Super Bowl ad that simply said “please stand,” but the NFL rejected it for being too political.
The veteran group struck back in the most amazing way.
AMVETS chose to release their public service announcement in advance of the Super Bowl, shaming the NFL for blocking such a harmless message.
[T]he veteran group with the #PleaseStand ad asking everyone to stand for the National Anthem has released video of the public service announcement that the NFL deemed “too political” to air.
@AMVETSHQ will NOT tolerate the @NFL refusing #Veteran right to free speech. We fought for it! #PleaseStand #SuperBowl
American Veterans (AMVETS) says their public service announcement emphasizes “the basic values of civic responsibility, public service, patriotism and respect for the flag.”
“Our message has always been patriotic and polite. It simply requests that people choose to stand during the National Anthem. It neither judges, vilifies or even opposes those who choose otherwise,” AMVETS Executive Director Joe Chenelly said in a statement. “We’re simply asking that people choose standing, and the NFL has made it harshly clear that it does not want veterans delivering this message anywhere near its biggest game. We think that’s wrongheaded.”
NFL players have been protesting social injustices during the pre-game playing of the National Anthem ever since Colin Kaepernick started sitting, and eventually kneeling, at the beginning of the 2016 season.
The American Veterans organization, or AMVETS , has released a print ad Wednesday submitted for inclusion in the Super Bowl LII program – but rejected by the NFL – and expanded on its message with a short video. The ad features soldiers carrying aloft the American flag with two simple words: “Please stand.”
The NFL has allowed politics to damage its brand for two years now, but apparently showing support for the troops is a bridge too far for the league.
It’s no wonder the NFL is losing viewership at a troubling pace.