I don’t watch sports, especially not football. I played it in high school eons ago, and I have zero interest in a sport that, as far as I’m concerned, glorifies violence and war. So I naturally skipped Super Bowl (Roman Numeral Here), like I usually do. I missed something, though, because apparently there’s a cruise commercial that’s got creationists riled up.
You’re probably familiar with Carnival cruises. They do cruises to places like Australia, Europe, Hawaii, Alaska, the Bahamas, and others; they were in the news last November when 172 people got sick on a Crown Princess cruise. During the Super Bowl, Carnival ran a commercial called Come Back To The Sea which, if the perpetually aggrieved creationists on twitter are to be believed, is the “worst commercial ever.”
I very much doubt that. I’ve seen some real clinkers in my time.
The commercial features a quote from former Democratic President J.F.K at a 1962 Dinner for America’s Cup crews. In the quote, Kennedy, like any good New England Boy from a wealthy family, talks about sailing and the ocean; focusing in particular on the fact that “we all came from the sea:”
I really don’t know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea, except I think it’s because in addition to the fact that the sea changes, and the light changes, and ships change, it’s because we all came from the sea. And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have, in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea – whether it is to sail or to watch it – we are going back from whence we came.
It’s a wonderful sentiment, and if you look at the fossil record, there’s truth to it.
So naturally, creationists are flipping their collective lids:
Actually, if you think about it, you did come from the sea. To paraphrase something likely said by Carl Sagan (it came to me and it sounds very Sagan-esque, anyway), if you’re reading this right now, odds are, you’re alive. And if you’re alive, you are part of a long, unbroken chain of life that stretches all the way back to the first self-replicating proteins. It’s one of the most successful chains of life in existence, the one that you’re the latest link of. You are the best that evolution, life, and the universe has to offer, because you are here where others are not.
So what would you rather be? A mediocre offering by a deity who apparently didn’t realize putting the windpipe and the esophagus together would pose problems, or part of one of the most successful lineages to ever exist anywhere in the universe?
And the joke’s on Carnival for believing what scientists say concerning evolution over what some yahoo on Twitter thinks is the truth, because he read it somewhere on Answers in Genesis.
This is the second person to refer to the commercial as “anti-Christian.” Poor things, look how sensitive and thin-skinned they are.
It’s not just any old BS, it’s BS from hell. That makes it serious.
So the moral of the story: we better start being more PC, otherwise there will be “like 15 Christian groups” protesting us.
Watch the video below:
[h/t Reverb Press]