New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow won’t be playing in this year’s Super Bowl.
But 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.
During Sunday’s matchup between the Indianapolis Colts and Baltimore Ravens, the network broadcast several spots promoting the network’s upcoming Super Bowl coverage in New Orleans.
More than one featured Neil Patrick Harris, star of “How I Met Your Mother,” wearing eyeblack with the date of Feb. 3, 2013 inscribed, reminding viewers that Super Bowl XLVII would be on CBS on that date.
Tim Tebow, known for his Christian faith as well as football, became world famous for proclaiming Bible verses such as John 3:16 on his eyeblack, especially when he played for the University of Florida Gators before going pro.
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.”
Harris is best known for his role as a child-prodigy physician in the 1989 TV series “Doogie Howser, M.D.”
Now 39, he makes no secret of his homosexuality, telling People magazine in November 2006, “I am happy to dispel any rumors or misconceptions and am quite proud to say that I am a very content gay man living my life to the fullest and feel most fortunate to be working with wonderful people in the business I love.”
According to the IMDB website, Harris received the 2009 Trevor Life Award, which annually honors an “individual who, through his or her example, support, volunteerism and/or occupation, is an inspiration to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning youth.”
In 2010, he and his partner David Burtka began to raise twins, son Gideon Scott and daughter Harper Grace, who were born via a surrogate mother.