I know this isn’t big news nationwide and probably didn’t even make the news outside Louisiana, but this is headline grabbing in south Louisiana.
The NFL has banned “Slap Ya Mama” hot sauce from advertising with the National Football League.
“Slap Ya Mama” is the silly name for a serious sauce and spices company in Louisiana. It doesn’t promote domestic violence, and it isn’t serious about slapping your mother.
For whatever reason, some folks in Louisiana have used this phrase for years to talk about food that’s really good–good enough to make you “slap ya mama”.
I know the phrase doesn’t make sense, but is banning the advertisement in the local New Orleans market for preseason games the answer?
Really? Come on guys!
This is not a joke. It’s real. The National Football League has banned the advertisements because of their fear of domestic violence.
I want to applaud the National Football League for finally coming to grips with the problem of domestic violence in the league and in society in general. We need to do something serious about domestic violence and sexual trafficking. We obviously need to teach our sons and to give them an example of respect for women – and for all people.
But is this the answer? We could hope this means that the National Football League will also be banning alcohol commercials as well. What about the portrayal of women in the NFL? When these things happen we will see that we are taking seriously the issue of violence in all of its forms.
Can we now hope that some real concern for what our advertising and our examples are doing will finally be considered?
Would it be better for us to look at who we are deep inside us? After all, Jesus said “out of the heart of man proceeds every kind of evil.” Then he began to enumerate those evils.
The problem is not the little things on the outside but the big areas on the inside. We need to understand what it means to be right before God and to live at peace within us.
Jesus came to give us peace, hope, and love for others. Five times the apostle John in five chapters said that we are to”Love one another.” God is Love.
When we deal seriously with our problems on the inside, then we can hope to have the help that society needs on the outside.
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