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06/09/2008

Focus on the inequitable contest

by Jeremy Hooper

Remember on Thursday when we told you about a Tivo-affiliated contest that Focus on the Family is currently running on their website, asking children to nominate their father as a "SuperDad"? Yea, well, since our initial post on the subject, we've received more than a few emails from gay parents who tell us that their children's stories have not been posted alongside the other entries. Then just this morning, this writer tried to post an entry in the "18 and older" category thanking my dad for promising to always love his gay son, and that too has yet to be posted. Surprise, surprise.

Here is the FOF forum where the entries SHOULD appear. As you will see if you search through, there is yet to be even one entry from a same-sex-headed family, or from a gay kid thanking their supportive father:

"I Know A SuperDad" contest [FOF Forum]

It would seem that by making this stipulation...

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...FOF is using the version of "fair and accurate" that is anything but.

Still okay with having your logo associated with this, Tivo?

***UPDATE, 6/10: If FOF won't post our entry, we'll do it ourselves [G-A-Y]
Focus on the scrubbed Tivo site [G-A-Y]

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Your thoughts

Focus on the Straight Family strikes again. Good on you for pointing out yet another one other inconsistencies. I bet their violation of their own policy could be taken up in court...

Posted by: Alex | Jun 9, 2008 1:10:05 PM

Jeremy, I think this is the part of their user agreement they're hiding behind:

"Focus on the Family forums do not permit name calling or personal attacks. Posts that attack and/or disrespect others, Focus on the Family or Christianity will not be allowed."

These people believe that our existence itself is an attack on Christianity.

Therefore they don't post them.

Now, the imp in me wants to get everybody I know, and everybody who reads my blog, to submit entries, just so they have to wade through all of them. Something like...

"I remember the first set of TRUCKNUTZ my SuperDad bought me. We were driving down the highway, and he said 'Now look, son, you put these on your bumper, and that way if somebody's tailgatin' you, you know you're dealin' with a fairy.' Then we went and ate hot wings and talked about how none-a this liberal shit make no sense, but I guess not much do these-a days. Happy Father's Day, Papaw!"

Posted by: Evan | Jun 9, 2008 1:50:16 PM

Jeremy,

TIVO has never been anything I would have purchased - my cable company has a DVR so I don't need TIVO's crap. My cable company offers LOGO and HERE! also. Such is life! Those FOF people are such WONDERFUL christians (small "c" intended).

Posted by: tom | Jun 9, 2008 2:37:01 PM

Well Tivo's HD offerings are far superior to what Time Warner Cable currently offers in Manhattan. Plus there noises are really cute. I actually missed the little quirks of Tivo terribly when I first switched back to cable DVR.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Jun 9, 2008 2:40:50 PM

Jeremy,

I never had TIVO and I have Comcast so I don't know if that would make a difference or not with Time Warner. Not ever having had TIVO I guess I shouldn't have been so quick to speak.

Posted by: tom | Jun 9, 2008 4:14:18 PM

Just proves that FOF really stands for "Fuck Off Fags!" I used to think it was "Focus On the Fags," but now that Dobson feels his gargoyle's grip around the throat of decency slipping, he's getting more and more hateful.

Posted by: Dick Mills | Jun 9, 2008 9:42:40 PM

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