Current Event Cat of the Day: Coca Cola Super Bowl Ad

Current Event Cat - Coca Cola COntroversy

Coca Cola’s “It’s Beautiful” Super Bowl ad has sparked outrage among trailer trash with Twitter accounts and right-wing pundits alike. It turns out America is NOT beautiful; it’s ugly – and a little racist.

The Coca Cola ad featured children and adults from different cultural backgrounds singing the ultra patriotic “America the Beautiful” in eight different languages. The ad also showed two dads roller-skating with their daughter – the first Super Bowl ad to feature a gay family.

A little boring and way too patriotic for my taste, but hardly controversial…

Enter the rednecks:

“Speak English or go home,” said one commenter on Coca Cola’s Facebook page.

“Screwed up a beautiful song. No Coke for my family,” another chimed in.

“Nice to see that coke likes to sing an AMERICAN song in the terrorist’s language. Way to go coke. You can leave America,” tweeted one disgruntled viewer.

Radio host and notorious patriotic crier Glenn Beck was particularly offended by the ad, telling his listeners that the commercial is selling a divided America.

“Why did you need that to divide us politically? Because that’s all this ad is. It’s in your face, and if you don’t like it, if you’re offended by it, you’re a racist. If you do like it, you’re for immigration. You’re for progress. That’s all this is: to divide people.”

Fox News’ Todd Starnes wasn’t exactly jumping up and down to buy some Coca Cola either:

Todd Starnes

Former Republican Congressman Allen West also took issue with the ad, writing a blog post saying, “If we cannot be proud enough as a country to sing ‘America the Beautiful’ in English, doggone we are on the road to perdition.”

I see the right’s minority outreach plan is going well….

But Coca Cola is standing by its ad and announced they will debut a 90-second version of the commercial during the opening ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics on Feb. 7.

“We hope the ad gets people talking and thinking about what it means to be proud to be American,” said Katie Bayne, president of Coca-Cola North America, in a company release.

Irrationally angry and ignorant? Sounds about right.

Via: Los Angeles Times 

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