All you have to do is search Twitter with the words “Coca Cola English” and you’ll see how much bigotry and insensitivity still rules over the United States of America.
During Sunday night’s Super Bowl matchup, Coca Cola advertised their product using “America The Beautiful” as the theme music behind their commercial. The twist? The song was sung by participants of the commercial in other languages including Spanish and Arabic.
The ad drew ire all over Twitter as you can see here, courtesy of Public Shaming:
This reaction makes me ponder a lot of questions.
- How many Americans realize that they most likely have ancestry outside of America? Unless you are of Native American descent, your family does not originate in North America.
- Does anyone who is annoyed by this commercial realize that English is not a language invented in America?
- Does anyone annoyed by this commercial realize that the word “football” originated from another country OR that the first usage of the word “football” in the United States was associated with a game which was not invented in the United States?
- Does speaking another language make you “less American”? Does speaking another language as your first language make you “less American”?
- If, as a white American, you are offended by diversity and other races co-existing then shouldn’t Native Americans be offended by your own existence?
- Was English even the first language to ever be spoken in the United States of America?
BTW, here’s the “offensive” Coke commercial if you missed it.