Coca-Cola’s Super Bowl ad has sparked a good bit of controversy from the White wing bigots. In a celebration of America’s tradition of accepting all races and cultures into our great, big, melting pot, Coca Cola’s ad featured “America the Beautiful,” sung in a number of different languages.
Right wing jingoists, including an Oklahoma state representative, responded by taking to social media and declaring their new allegiance to Pepsi, a company that supports gay rights, or Dr. Pepper, a product that (depending on region) is licensed by either Coke or Pepsi.
Atlanta news station NBC 11’s Brenda Wood closed her broadcast by hammering the nation’s conservatives by laying out everything that is wrong with their hatred and anger over this, though some Tea Party officials would argue that the “melting pot” philosophy means that all traces of one’s cultural heritage must be burned away and replaced with “MURIKA” (It’s OK, though. They’re not racists. You are, for pointing out their racism.)
Watch Brenda lay the right wing’s hatred out for the world to see (transcript below)
[box type=”shadow”]“The fact that people are outraged over this ad is outrageous itself. People indignant that others have the audacity to sing “America the Beautiful” in a language other than English, when America was built on opening our arms to the world? The quote on the Statue of Liberty doesn’t say “Give me your English-speaking only Christian believing heterosexual masses!” It says “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, tempest-tossed!” Have we forgotten that every one of us “Americans,” except for Native Americans, are descendants of foreigners? That the English language is from England? What makes America difference from everywhere else is that we are melting pot! We are not homogenous! It is our diversity that built this country! How dare there be indignation over the very thing that makes is great? And why not honor the beauty of that in song? What is so sacrosanct about this song that it can’t be sang in other languages? By other ethnicities? By those of diverse religions and other lifestyles? A relevant question, considering that the words of America the Beautiful what penned by a gay woman! Katharine Lee Bates, in 1895, an English professor at Wellesley, who also wrote lovingly about her long-time committed relationship to another woman! America the Beautiful, by any other language, is still America beautiful!”[/box]