Neil Patrick Harris is being slammed for “mocking Christianity” in a new promo for the upcoming Super Bowl game.
Harris is featured in the commercial wearing black football eye paint that spells out “Feb. 3, 2013,” the date of Super Bowl XLVII.
The ad is a play on New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow‘s habit of writing Bible verses under his eyes in black paint.
But Christian groups are slamming the openly gay How I Met Your Mother actor.
Conservative news site WND posted an article taking aim at Harris and CBS for the Super Bowl ad.
The article says, “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.”
It goes on to read, “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.'”
They’re also big football fans.