Video: Super Bowl Ad Shocks With 9/11 Footage


A Super Bowl ad promoting the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation included footage of the World Trade Center collapsing after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, drawing ire from many viewers during the Sunday evening game.

The ad—which was produced by a Texas-based agency and aired only in New York, Philadelphia, and D.C.—depicted defining moments in U.S. history, played backward, and was narrated by retired NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw, who ended the ad by noting that Williamsburg is where the American legacy began.

After viewing the commercial, Taran Killam tweeted, “What’s a bigger tragedy than 9/11? Working at Colonial Williamsburg,” and many others reacted with mockery or dismay.


Read more at the New York Daily News.



  1. Big deal. Cam Newton is an immature baby. He should be suspended from the first few games of next season for his unprofessional post game news conference. He is a sore loser, the likes of which we haven’t seen in years.

  2. absolutly terrible. How dare they insinuate that 9/11 was a major even in US history!! and to call it “heartbreak”? sick sick sick

  3. Why the ire, mockery, and dismay? We’re not allowed to mention historical events? Can’t spoil the mood of the day? Football uber alles, or will it upset the delicate sensibilities of the Muslims among us who have done so much for us, beginning in Colonial Williamsburg (you know, they built the Mayflower, sailed it over here for the Puritans, cooked those turkeys for the Indians and taught them how to plant squash, etc. etc.)