First the NFL rejected a print ad from a veterans group asking Super Bowl attendees to stand for the national anthem. Now, the league and NBC, the network broadcasting the game Sunday, have rejected a TV ad from AML BitCoin for being “too political,” according to the company.
The ad mocks North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un, with an actor portraying the despot as angry his hackers can’t steal their crypto-currency.
“We have been informed by our media buyers that the network carrying the NFL’s Super Bowl game, NBC, will not accept our television ad ‘North Korea Can’t Steal AML BitCoin’ for placement during the broadcast.” AML Bitcoin president Marcus Andrade wrote in a letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, of which The Daily Caller obtained a copy.
“An ad taking Kim Jong-un, dictator of North Korea, to task in a humorous and biting way should not be offensive to anyone,” the letter continues. “Our ad reminds viewers that Kim Jong-un and his army of hackers have been stealing billions of dollars of Bitcoin and other digital currencies for the past few years, funding their rogue nuclear weapons programs and thwarting efforts by the rest of the world to sanction this behavior. And our ad points out that, unlike the other digital currencies, the AML BitCoin has been designed with features that prevent his army from stealing it.”
Crypto currencies have suffered from hacking problems, which have contributed to severe market volatility. A company spokesman told TheDC “AML BitCoin is a company that complies with anti-money laundering laws so they can avoid the pitfalls and legal troubles (and crash) being experienced by Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Litecoin and Etherium.”
The NFL does not comment directly on why Super Bowl ads are rejected. When the league rejected the ad from American Veterans they would only suggest alternative language. In rejecting the ad reading “#PleaseStand” with a picture of the American flag, the NFL suggested alternate wording “like ‘Please Honor our Veterans’ or ‘Please Stand for our Veterans.’”
Andrade concluded his letter by saying, “Not accepting our ad after it was produced and presented to NBC and the NFL in a timely manner is outrageous and violates the ideas supporting the First Amendment to the Constitution that protects free speech.”
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