Neil Patrick Harris Stirs ‘Controversy’ With His New Super Bowl Ad


Neil Patrick Harris is featured in a promo campaign for the upcoming Super Bowl game that will be aired next month on his TV network CBS. In the ad, Neil is wearing black football eye paint with the Super Bowl date written on it. As a result, right wing nutbags are claiming that by featuring NPH wearing black football eye paint with a message — much like Christian football player Tim Tewbow does with Bible verses — CBS is “pushing the gay agenda” and making a mockery of Christianity. I’m so dumbfounded by the idiocy of this complaint that I am having a hard time putting my feelings into words. I mean … I can’t even with this sort of nonsense.

Neil Patrick Harris is being slammed for “mocking Christianity” with a new Super Bowl ad. Harris is featured in a new commercial wearing eye black printed with “Feb. 3, 2013,” or the date of Super Bowl XLVII. The ad is a direct nod to New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow, who won’t be participating in the Super Bowl but is known for posting Bible verses in his eye black. The “How I Met Your Mother” star’s move has sparked the ire of conservative news site WND. Writer Joe Kovacs condemned Harris, who he deems as “making no secret of his homosexuality,” as well CBS for the clip:

“CBS, the television network airing the big game this year, is now using an outspoken homosexual actor to mimic Tim Tebow’s style of trumpeting messages in eyeblack on his face. One football fan who watched the CBS promo Sunday made the connection between Harris and Tebow, saying, ‘They’re pushing a gay agenda by using him, and they’re mocking Christians at the same time.'”

It’s sad but, yes, some people are truly this moronic. Firstly, as to the “gay agenda” complaint … there is nothing “gay” about this ad. If anything, featuring a gay actor wearing football paint seems more a case of pushing the “heterosexual agenda” since sports are more overwhelming associated with straights than with gays (which, IMHO, is ridiculous in its own right … but that’s another rant for another day). Secondly, as to making a “mockery” of Christianity … are they really serious about this? There is nothing Christian whatsoever about writing Bible verses in football eye paint. Just because Tim Tebow does it, the practice isn’t immediately a symbol of Christianity. I mean, it’s absurd to even try and make the connection. And, let’s not forget, Tebow wasn’t the first person in the course of human history to write messages on his face. This kind of “controversy” only goes to show how ignorant and hateful some people can be. It’s a shame that this silly story has become a thing but I honestly have no problem exposing moronity like this for others to see. Sometimes, I just shake my head at this kind of bullshizz but … man, it’s hard to just laugh off blatant idiocy.


  • Hannah

    Stories like this remind me why I hate people. They couldn’t have just picked NPH because he is one of CBS’s biggest stars?

  • miguel

    Didn’t beyonce have this eye paint too with the the date of the SB?….

    This is just a little too ridiculous, if anything they should come down on Tebow, I mean…Christianity =/= Football Face Paint. You’d think that him doing that would be “inappropriate” Sorry, I just don’t get how they THINK.

    These christian folk need to take a seat…at the church…and pray, or whatever. LORDT.

  • Sephina

    Iloveme sum NPH. Hope CBS doesnt pay attn to any of that hoo ha.

  • nicole

    one of the stupidest things i’ve read. like…no words can cover just how stupid this is.

  • Krissy

    Eye black is not Christian, it is football! A DATE written on eye black is has nothing to do with sexuality.

    I am getting really tired of the whine of victimization coming from some of these groups. Acting as if eye black is now sacred is blasphemous, really. Remember that part about not worshiping false idols?

  • Susan

    It’s people like that who make the rest of us Christians look bad. I promise we’re not all nuts, y’all!

    • @Susan — “I promise we’re not all nuts, y’all!”

      Of that fact, I am well aware. It’s always the fringe crazies that make the rest look bad.

    • Susan

      And, sadly, the fringe crazies are always the loudest ones of the bunch!

    • Karrie

      I agree! This is dumb. I doubt Jesus would care about eye black. Dumb.

    • Natalie

      I read this article and immediately clicked on to the comments to make the same point, Susan. It’s sad when we have to jump to defend our faith because some crazies get their panties in a bunch about something so asinine.

  • ClaireMichelle

    I’m sorry… What????

  • Carikube

    II mean it’s not like NPH plays Barney – a reformed straight womanizer – on How I Met Your Mother. And it’s not like HIMYM isn’t one of CBS biggest hits. And it’s not like the Superbowl is being played on CBS. It clearly a nefarious way to advance an agenda and mock a religious group. OR.. wait for it…. could it be a clever marketing tie-in? Sometimes the stupidity of people makes me sad.

  • Kim Sneed

    I adore this blog, and you Trent, but sometimes I feel like the best way to deal with such abject stupidity is to ignore it; they just want to get a rise out of us anyway. Then again, this kind of ridiculousness cannot be ignored because the truly ignorant will continue to think this is an appropriate way to act or think. Fun Catch-22…And I love that they picked out NPH when there were multiple CBS stars with the same strips on their face, and Beyonce did it first!! (like most things heehee) so it’s okay for straight people to “mock Christianity” not gays? The world just gets a little bit sadder when people spew such nonsense and hate in the name of religion.

    • Krissy

      The thing is that entities like WND or Focus on the Family have a VERY active following. CBS is probably getting emails and calls about this right now…and the side of reason is probably being under-represented.

  • Akili

    I didn’t realize Tim Tebow and/or Christianity invented writing messages in the eyeblack. This is the most ridiculous thing I’ve heard in a long while. I hope NPH and/or CBS don’t dignify this BS with a response.

  • Karen

    This should be in “The Onion”, not in real life.

  • Michelle

    So is Beyonce mocking Christianity and promoting the Pepsi agenda?

    • Wynter

      They probably think that, with Beyonce, Pepsi is trying too hard to push the “female empowerment” agenda.

  • darcy

    Tebow is not Jesus… him doing something doesn’t automatically make it Christian. This is the most absurd connection I’ve ever heard!

  • MJ

    Wow. Seriously? More to the point, as a result of Tim Tebow’s religious eye black, the NCAA banned any messages on it. Are they anti-Christians too?! This is just beyond stupid…imo.

  • Sergeja

    This is just absurd. …

  • Megan

    It makes me so sad to think that there actually people out there that believe this BS!

  • Ella

    Um…..well…..blargh. WTF? Seriously, W T actual F? I heart Jesus. I believe in God. I also embrace homosexuality. If my little boy or girl comes to me one day and says they’re gay, they will get no less than a fierce hug and a million I love yous.

    This kind of absolute idiocy needs to stop! But how?? There is no logic or reason behind any of their claims.

  • Jim

    Who is the actual complaint?

  • Vicky

    NPH is PERFECT to promote the SuperBowl. Why? Because everyone loves him. You cannot help but love him. Gay, straight… WHO REALLY CARES. He’s just awesome. He’s legend-… wait for it… dary.

  • JCZ

    Reading this makes me somewhat confident and happy that right-wing nutbags will never be put back into office, unless they take a major overhaul of their crazy ideologies, cause I really don’t think the general population – or at least the ‘undecided voter’ – wouldn’t be so inclined to believe this stupidity.

  • Kelly

    Last night I saw an ad with Billy Gardell from Mike & Molly with the black eye make up with the date written in it. Do you think WND will start accusing CBS of pushing the fat agenda?