Can anyone explain to me why the Coca Cola commercial could possibly upset anyone?!
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
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
Have been fine.
Some people need to get a life. It's just a commercial, no ones forcing you to watch or like it
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.
Cause this is murica! Where we speak murican!
(I assume that's the reasoning anyway?)
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.
Does someone get their citizenship taken away if they say something that's not in English?
I agree tl
If that isn't the biggest load if bigotry I've ever read.
In fact, that would have made it an awesome commercial.
There is no official language and in fact laws are published in multiple languages.
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.
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.
If we are not, we are the Tower of Babel all over again.
lol - That's what I learned being a Speech teacher. :o)
So is anyone whose native language is not English somehow anti-American or unpatriotic?
Who said that User???
No one said a word about the commercial not being patriotic or anti-American.
"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.
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...
...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.
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.
I know tlaney has a good heart, but on this we agree to disagree.
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.
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.
Lol so if America the Beautiful is in a different language it makes people seem like they like America less?
User, not going to debate this anymore. I know you get the point.
Next time do it in the native language...
Navajo or Cherokee or Sioux or Arapahoe or Shoshone or Seminole or Kiowa...
Get the point?
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.
Ummmm, the song is America The Beautiful, not US The Beautiful.
America is another name for the US. America the Beautiful is a patriotic song about the US.
Oh yeah, that country that F'd over Native Americans
Are you ok?
Navajo for 'good night'
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.
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.
AFAIK, Native American speakers in WWII were known as "Code Talkers". That has been somewhat distorted by the movie Windtalkers.
Cherokee and Choctaw code talks were first used in WWI.
Yet another reason why the song should have been sung in Native American languages!
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.
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.
It was nice. But get tired of all of the political correctness. Can't we all just be Americans, not hyphenated Americans
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.
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.
Likewise, Zod. It never ever crossed my mind that it was anything even remotely controversial.
I have made my thoughts known
If they are in opposition to the commercial can you at least tell us where we can find them?
You dint say please
Will you please restate your thoughts on the coke commercial for those who missed them?
This is not verbatim, but if your going to sing America use English
A sophomoric plea to sell coke, if your proud to be a American, show it
English is for the, um....well, the English.
Sing it in Navajo
I have no idea. I think there are people just looking for a reason to complain.
I still don't know, so I'll be standing by to see if enlightenment on the subject can happen here.
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.
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
My sister in law's brother is apparently very upset by it, which baffles her as much as me.
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.
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.