Debates and Racism Over Coca-Cola Super Bowl Ad
February 4, 2014 88 Comments
If you didn’t watch the Super Bowl last Sunday (or turned it off out of embarrassment), you missed an ad put out by Coca-Cola that has sparked much debate and criticism.
In my family, we prefer Coke over Pepsi, even though only one of us can taste the difference. A big reason is because of their ads. Commercials and expensive advertising must work; we drink Coke because of those cute polar bears and vintage Santa Clauses. Their ads are catchy and classy, as opposed to Pepsi whose ads tend to be trashy and inappropriate by comparison.
And let’s face it: if I drank, I’d choose Budweiser for the same reason.
But Coke’s newest ad, which you can watch on the video above, was anything but classy, according to a lot of people.
For a whole minute, Americans from all nationalities and languages joined in in singing “America the Beautiful.”
My wife and I made no comment about it, that I recall. Except I might have mentioned how pretty it was.
It’s touching to see Americans of all races come together and be united as one, though we may differ on subjects of religion, politics, and attire.
And it’s heartbreaking to read comments online like:
Not a fan of the CocaCola commercial. America The Beautiful should not be sang in any other language other than English. Sorry not sorry. 🇺🇸 -BudLightBro (@BudLightBro)
Calvin, of Calvin and Hobbes once said “If you can’t speak English, then I say, shut up!”
He was six. I doubt he’d still say that today.
Some even went so far as to say that terrorists should not be singing our nation’s songs.
It’s too bad that we as a nation are weary to take up arms against our real enemies over seas, but will attack our own under the pretense of assumption and bigotry.
I don’t see people complaining about Disney’s “Let it Go” sung in 25 languages going ultra-viral. Why? Because it’s beautiful.
“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
What are your thoughts on the whole Coca-Cola ad debate? Share your thoughts.