Culture Pop by Kara Rota
One step back for gay visibility, one step forward for Carrey and McGregor
Posted on Tuesday, February 02, 2010 at 02:29 PM
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I think we took a significant step backward this week when CBS decided to reject the proposed Super Bowl ad from the gay dating site ManCrunch, which depicted two dudes watching football who start making out after their hands brush in the chip bowl.
Despite the complete normalization of TV spots for straight dating sites (even those which blatantly exclude bisexual or homosexual users) and the long tradition of sexually explicit Super Bowl commercials for beer and other consumer goods (not to even mention the ever-present cheerdancers at football games), CBS released a statement saying that their "Standards and Practices department decided not to accept this particular spot." ManCrunch is calling CBS out on discriminatory practices.
Click here to watch the rejected Super Bowl ad.
On the upside, Irish-American actor Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor (who's Scottish) shared a pretty romantic moment yesterday in Paris, where they were named knights in France's National Order of Arts and Letters.
They were honored with The Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, recognition of a significant contribution to the arts. Carrey and McGregor were in Paris to promote "I Love You Phillip Morris," a gay romance starring Carrey as a con man who falls in love with his prison cellmate.