CBS rejects NORML legalization billboard, but accepts “Black Children are an Endangered Species” anti-abortion billboard

  • by Russ Belville, NORML Outreach Coordinator February 15, 2010

    This fifteen second Flash animation from NORML touting the economic benefit of marijuana legalization was too objectionable to CBS, who canceled NORML’s contract to place the following on the giant “Super Billboard” in Times Square:

    We also noted the hypocrisy of telling us that NORML’s ad was too contentious an issue ad for the billboard while running – on Super Bowl Sunday – the controversial Focus on the Family anti-abortion ad featuring college QB Tim Tebow and his mother:

    Now courtesy of Huffington Post we can show you another acceptable advertisement for CBS Billboards in Atlanta:

    CBS Atlanta Billboard

    ...but this billboard in Atlanta is perfectly acceptable

    It does not matter which side of the abortion debate you lie, you can certainly agree that abortion is one of the most contentious and controversial issues of our times. NORML, Focus on the Family, and the African-American anti-abortion outreach group Life Education and Research Network that funded these latest Atlanta billboards are all non-profit advocacy organizations lobbying for very controversial issues.

    However, the anti-abortion groups seem to have no trouble getting their message out on CBS airwaves and billboards, while NORML is denied four times in two years the opportunity to pay to use the same airwaves and billboards.

    I also find it interesting that the groups whose messages are accepted by CBS are trying to criminalize a legal activity (abortion), a policy position only supported by 42% of the American people surveyed in the latest Quinnipiac University poll; whereas NORML’s message of legalization rejected by CBS is a policy position supported by 44% to 53% of the American people surveyed lately by Gallup and Angus Reid. Even more interesting when CBS itself polled support for legalization at 41%.

    85 Responses to “CBS rejects NORML legalization billboard, but accepts “Black Children are an Endangered Species” anti-abortion billboard”

    1. Mena says:

      black children endangered? what?? really? racist, sexist, and stupid all at once! god this country needs weed more than ever, so we can get high and forget we live with all these nutcases.

      And can I just ask one thing? Why is it, that whenever I see “anti-abortion crusaders” or whatever those freaks running around with huge signs of dead fetuses….they’re men. It’s men protesting abortion rights. WHY IS THAT!? You rarely ever see women doing it….

      And NORML….I’m strongly inclined to print off your ads and just start hanging them on every public bulletin board I see. It’s time for this nonsense to end….when we can’t say “legalize weed!” but we can shove dead baby pictures down your throat, it’s a strong sign this country is going in the wrong direction. We need marijuana legalization now more than ever!

    2. Kane T says:

      Change.org has sent out a mass email stating that CBS has reversed its decision and will run the ad. Why hasn’t NORML publicly addressed this new development?

      [Paul Armentano responds: FYI: This development was discussed and linked to on the NORML Audio Stash page Wednesday and Thursday. NORML needs to thoroughly review CBS’s revised contract (and is presently doing so), before making a final decision.]

    3. […] these billboards have been up for more than 10 days, neither NORML nor Change.org has heard from CBS about the company’s decision on the NORML ad, which argued that […]

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