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wiildkat February 4th, 2014 4:58pm

Can anyone explain to me why the Coca Cola commercial could possibly upset anyone?!

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jrrob CT
02/05/14 10:27 am

For me it falls in with the debate about whether English is the language of this country. I have no problem with people speaking other languages, but English should be the language spoken in community functions. Coke used a song, obviously iconic to

jrrob CT
02/05/14 10:30 am

American patriotism, to thumb their nose at our country. They could have used many songs, including the old Coke song, I'd like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony ( not sure if that is actually the name ), and I think the commercial would

Colorado303 Future Seattle Resident
02/05/14 10:04 am

Some people need to get a life. It's just a commercial, no ones forcing you to watch or like it

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rickvee Living the dream
02/04/14 8:04 pm

It's reminiscent of the 2006 nuestro himno, The Star Spangled Banner in Spanish, which showed a lack of respect bordering on disdain for the national anthem.

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Arya8
02/04/14 1:35 pm

Cause this is murica! Where we speak murican!


(I assume that's the reasoning anyway?)

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TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
02/04/14 1:23 pm

The commercial attempted to show America's diversity. It would have been fine to show diverse races and cultures all singing "America the Beautiful" in English. That would have shown diversity AND unity. We speak English here.

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usernamehere Raise a little hell
02/04/14 1:45 pm

Does someone get their citizenship taken away if they say something that's not in English?

SugarShaq
02/04/14 2:04 pm

I agree tl

wiildkat Propertarian
02/04/14 2:04 pm

If that isn't the biggest load if bigotry I've ever read.

SugarShaq
02/04/14 2:05 pm

In fact, that would have made it an awesome commercial.

wiildkat Propertarian
02/04/14 2:05 pm

There is no official language and in fact laws are published in multiple languages.

SugarShaq
02/04/14 2:11 pm

Oy vey

SugarShaq
02/04/14 2:14 pm

Why ask a question then get pissed off at people's opinions? It's not bigoted to desire our country to be diverse and unified.

TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
02/04/14 2:39 pm

The moronic thing about these counterarguments is that language is what allows us to communicate and dialogue with others, thus building bridges between cultures. If we are united by a common language, we can communicate freely and become friends.

TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
02/04/14 2:40 pm

If we are not, we are the Tower of Babel all over again.

SugarShaq
02/04/14 2:51 pm

Excellent observation

TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
02/04/14 2:55 pm

lol - That's what I learned being a Speech teacher. :o)

usernamehere Raise a little hell
02/04/14 3:11 pm

So is anyone whose native language is not English somehow anti-American or unpatriotic?

SugarShaq
02/04/14 3:12 pm

Who said that User???

SugarShaq
02/04/14 3:16 pm

No one said a word about the commercial not being patriotic or anti-American.

usernamehere Raise a little hell
02/04/14 3:16 pm

"We speak English here"
Either that's denying the existence of millions of people, which no one is stupid enough to do, or it's excluding those millions of people.

wiildkat Propertarian
02/04/14 3:38 pm

I'm not angry at all. I'm simply baffled that someone would think that this commercial is somehow discouraging others from learning English. Language is a representation of culture. The point of the commercial was to celebrate the diversity...

wiildkat Propertarian
02/04/14 3:39 pm

...that has made America great. The inclusion of culture has led to richness and innovation. It may be a foreign concept to most Americans, but someone can speak two or more languages fluently.

SugarShaq
02/04/14 5:23 pm

Why not sing America the Beautiful in English? But at least it still included "God Shed His Grace on Thee." Or did it, can't remember? I am surprised the left isn't going ballistic over that one.

foxycheese202 A Mormon
02/04/14 5:29 pm

I know tlaney has a good heart, but on this we agree to disagree.

usernamehere Raise a little hell
02/04/14 6:00 pm

Why not sing it in several languages?
And yes, God shed his grace on thee was in there. It was one of the parts that was in English.

SugarShaq
02/04/14 6:05 pm

All English would have shown how everyone across the world embraced their opportunity to come to America. But, I have no real issue with the commercial.

usernamehere Raise a little hell
02/04/14 6:11 pm

Lol so if America the Beautiful is in a different language it makes people seem like they like America less?

SugarShaq
02/04/14 6:17 pm

User, not going to debate this anymore. I know you get the point.

CalTexHawk spiral arm
02/04/14 6:39 pm

Next time do it in the native language...

Navajo or Cherokee or Sioux or Arapahoe or Shoshone or Seminole or Kiowa...

Get the point?

macabregenius In Purgatory
02/05/14 3:20 pm

Well technically, even Native American languages are not the original US languages since the US was built on top of the native soil. The first ones carving and designing the US boundaries read, wrote, and spoke English.

CalTexHawk spiral arm
02/05/14 6:08 pm

Ummmm, the song is America The Beautiful, not US The Beautiful.

macabregenius In Purgatory
02/05/14 8:57 pm

America is another name for the US. America the Beautiful is a patriotic song about the US.

CalTexHawk spiral arm
02/05/14 9:13 pm

Oh yeah, that country that F'd over Native Americans

CalTexHawk spiral arm
02/05/14 9:20 pm

Yá'át'ééh hiiłchi'į'

TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
02/06/14 4:46 pm

That has got to be the coolest language on the planet! Are you fluent? How many are left that are fluent? I've heard about the wind talkers from WWII.

CalTexHawk spiral arm
02/06/14 5:00 pm

For the record, I am not Navajo. I learned a few phases as a student in Arizona (one of my fellow students was Navajo and taught me a bit). I pulled the text above from a web site. I think the English version is Yah-ta-hee.

CalTexHawk spiral arm
02/06/14 5:03 pm

AFAIK, Native American speakers in WWII were known as "Code Talkers". That has been somewhat distorted by the movie Windtalkers.

CalTexHawk spiral arm
02/06/14 5:05 pm

Cherokee and Choctaw code talks were first used in WWI.

CalTexHawk spiral arm
02/06/14 5:06 pm

Yet another reason why the song should have been sung in Native American languages!

TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
02/06/14 5:39 pm

Can you give me a link to that website? I'm sort of an amateur linguist. I sing in six different languages. So I believe that learning others' languages can unite us just as well as all learning a common language.

SaintAnger sumkindamonster
02/04/14 12:57 pm

We could speak English, but I prefer to speak American. When I talk about boobies, they better be on a woman or a large man and not referring to kids.

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SugarShaq
02/04/14 12:30 pm

It was nice. But get tired of all of the political correctness. Can't we all just be Americans, not hyphenated Americans

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avscupquest Bronco
02/04/14 12:24 pm

They are trying to cite sources from Europe that say multiculturalism didn't work. However, I'm pretty sure some of the countries in Europe are in trouble for other reasons.

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Zod Above Pugetropolis
02/04/14 10:33 am

I honestly couldn't. It seems like one of the most inclusive, least controversial ads anyone could have made to showcase America. I didn't even know anyone didn't like it until the polls started showing up here.

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wiildkat Propertarian
02/04/14 11:16 am

Likewise, Zod. It never ever crossed my mind that it was anything even remotely controversial.

FemmeAdamWest in the Tardis library
02/04/14 10:35 am

If they are in opposition to the commercial can you at least tell us where we can find them?

jvc1133 61535
02/04/14 10:40 am

You dint say please

steelcity Pittsburgh
02/04/14 10:42 am

I'll ask:

Will you please restate your thoughts on the coke commercial for those who missed them?

jvc1133 61535
02/04/14 10:45 am

This is not verbatim, but if your going to sing America use English

jvc1133 61535
02/04/14 10:54 am

A sophomoric plea to sell coke, if your proud to be a American, show it

CalTexHawk spiral arm
02/04/14 6:40 pm

English is for the, um....well, the English.


Sing it in Navajo

EarlyBird Portland
02/04/14 10:11 am

I have no idea. I think there are people just looking for a reason to complain.

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FemmeAdamWest in the Tardis library
02/04/14 10:07 am

I still don't know, so I'll be standing by to see if enlightenment on the subject can happen here.

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wiildkat Propertarian
02/04/14 10:24 am

Yeah, seriously. I read an article about how it's a sign that commies are destroying the family. I have no idea how that conclusion was drawn.

FemmeAdamWest in the Tardis library
02/04/14 10:35 am

I've seen a bunch of people talking about how people are upset at it, but I've yet to actually talk to someone who is upset by it lol

wiildkat Propertarian
02/04/14 11:17 am

My sister in law's brother is apparently very upset by it, which baffles her as much as me.

foxycheese202 A Mormon
02/04/14 5:27 pm

He's just prejudiced against Mexicans. But too mentally lacking to realize he's racist. If unity were the goal, they wouldn't be jumping up angrily. They'd think that's nice I hope they all know English, and never say anything.

foxycheese202 A Mormon
02/04/14 5:28 pm

I for one am honored that someone of another culture loves America so much they'll sing its praises in their native tongue. Holding it to almost a higher esteem than their own. Besides....other languages can sound much more beautiful than English.