Domestic Violence and the NFL

Everyone knows that the NFL has a problem with domestic violence (as in, the players are violent and then they get caught). Ray Rice, Ray McDonald, Jonathan Dwyer, Quincy Enunwa, Junior Galette, and Josh McNary have all been arrested for domestic violence in the past year (for a complete list of NFL arrests dating back to 2000, see here). The league came under fire for their lenient punishments for these crimes over the past several months, and is in desperate need of some good PR. Apparently it’s here. The NFL donated airtime during the Super Bowl to a group called No More (which may or may not be associated with the NFL, I can’t really tell) and they’re airing a commercial promoting domestic violence awareness.

The spot is inspired by a Reddit post from last year written by a 911 dispatcher. Redditer /u/Crux1836 tells a story about a woman who called 911 pretending to order a pizza. He thought it was a prank until he realized that she was in danger and her attacker was in the room with her. This commercial has this phone conversation as a voiceover while showing scenes of a house that looks like its been through a fight. NFL commissioner Roger Gooddell promised to impose stricter guidelines regarding domestic violence among players, so maybe this is the step in the right direction. This is the first time an ad about domestic violence will be aired during the Super Bowl.

I ain’t afraid of no ghost.

When there’s something strange

in your neighborhood

who ya gonna call?

GHOSTBUSTERS.

Thaaaaaaaaaaaaat’s right. Officially confirmed Ghostbusters remake starring an all-female cast, directed by Paul Feig. Negotiations are on-going, but half the world is really excited and the other half is full of whiny babies. Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon, and Melissa McCarthy? Dreamiest dream team. Jumpsuits never looked so good.

Now let’s turn to Twitter, also known as the cesspool of human ignorance, to see the reactions. Let’s start with the good!

And now for those tweets that make you lose faith in humanity:

You get the idea. In b4 the NOT ALL MEN WAHHHHHHHHH.

#BestBuds

Here are two things I don’t like: football and shitty beer. In fact, they are pretty high up there on the list of things I really and truly dislike. But wrap them up in puppies and pretty horses and a fantastic cover of a late-80s hit? I’m totally into it.

So cute. I die.

Last year’s puppy love fest was voted “Best Commercial” by viewers during the game on Hulu (and won a bunch of other awards too). AND LET’S NOT FORGET 2 years ago when they made everyone cry with a clydesdale baby and Fleetwood Mac. This trilogy of pure sentiment was created by ad agency Anomaly.