Coca-Cola had the gall - THE GALL - to air an ad that featured "America the Beautiful" being sung in multiple languages, and Twitter wasn't happy with it. No sir, not at all:
Sorry CocaCola, but I do not appreciate hearing "America The Beautiful" being sung in a variety of FOREIGN languages.— Charm Of The South (@CharmOfTheSouth) February 3, 2014
Thanks @CocaCola, for giving us all an uneasy feeling in our stomachs during your million dollar ad. America only works in American English.— Greek Gent (@GreekGent) February 3, 2014
Not a fan of the CocaCola commercial. America The Beautiful should not be sang in any other language other than English. Sorry not sorry.
What up with Coke??? You live in America. English is your first and second language. Keep it on your house people! #fuckcoke— The Old Legend (@tamato61) February 3, 2014
I am appalled by Coca Cola's commercial. Disgracing the song "America the beautiful" by singing that in different languages. Disgusting— Joann Hager (@joann_hager) February 3, 2014
Nothing is more American than America. According to coca cola nothing is more American than Mexico— Billy G (@WilliamGelhaus) February 3, 2014
There are a ton of these. Do a Twitter search and see for yourself.
As a friendly note, Coca-Cola is a multinational corporation who needs to appeal to a wide base of customers, so that probably accounts for the advertisement's multi-lingualism. America's had many languages spoken here since before the nation declared its independence, including the Navajo language featured in the commercial. Most Americans' families came from somewhere else, and unless they came from the British Isles or Ireland, chances are good that they didn't speak English right off of the boat.
And honestly, if you care enough about a product to get offended when their commercials advertise to a demographic not your own, keep in mind that Coca-Cola created Fanta for the Nazis because of a syrup shortage in Germany, used work camp slave labor during WWII, and some of their corporate leadership in Germany were members of the Nazi Party.
I can't think of anything more un-American than that - kind of makes a multi-lingual ad seem trivial, no?
@hildymac a lot of the comments makes my brain cramp.
@hildymac Ignoring of course that English itself is a foreign language.
@hildymac Is there a list of the languages featured in the commercial? Are all of them actually foreign?
Never the less ,an American song , jigle , or lulabye , it was AMERICAN , and fit Coke's " multi national " affiliation better , Einstein .
' Teach the world to sing " certainly IS an American song with substituted lyics to promote Coke . Much different than an insult to patriotism by a bad choice in "political correctness" in the super bowl . It's like a jewish version of the nativity scene !
"Teach the World to Sing " certainly IS an American song with a lyric substitution to promote Coke .. Far different than turning one of Amerca's mst patriotic songs into a farce of multinationality
As soon as I saw this ad, I knew the right wingers were going to explode about it. When I was a kid, Coke wanted to teach the world to sing. Now, they'd like to teach America to sing. This message is long overdue. Until and unless Americans learn and accept that they are part of a larger, diverse World, this country will continue its slide toward irrelevance.
Laura Astorian, you start out trying to make a valid point about all of our ancestors coming from somewhere else. Then, you destroy your own message with the Nazi references. Yes, Coca-Cola did the absolute wrong thing with the Nazis. Does that mean they should be condemned forever? Using your logic, you should keep in mind that the US turned away European Jews trying to flee Nazi persecution in the 1930s. I can't think of anything more anti-Israel than that. Still, Israel is one of our closest allies today. Learn from the mistakes of the past and grow.
I thought it was an awesome commercial, it showed the diversity of the American people. It showed the beauty of the American people. We are more than an ideology or a political party.
Coca cola may BE a multi national corporation , But don't insult a song like that or amercan patrotism . Just re play "I'd like to teach the world to sing" , from years ago
@hildymac I love the fact they threw in the Nazi stuff slamming those people. Bigots are bigots, no matter what year and country.
@CDNSportySmurf I'm convinced that some people need something to complain about.
@CriminallyVu1ga That is a really good point. I wonder if there is, too...
@MichaelRyland I wasn't saying that we need to condemn Coke; I was using the Nazi example to show that there are far, far worse things that this company and many others have done in the past, therefore our current complaints about a multi-lingual TV commercial for a soda pop are kind of petty. People need to find something actually worthy of complaint to complain about.
Thanks for reading!
@RickLong So, it's OK to "teach the World to sing", just as long as we don't teach them an "American" song? Can you see the hypocrisy in your post?
@bluesfan1972 Bingo, and regardless of what country they're in.
@hildymac unfortunately true. Best ones are those complaining about the Nat'l anthem or God Bless America... Neither of which are relevant
@hildymac English, Spanish, Tagalog, Hebrew, Hindi, Keres, and Senegalese-French. Keres (Pueblo) is the only native language there.
@hildymac No more sarcasm than implying "Teach the world to sing " didn't have American origins
@hildymac But don't forget, America the Beautiful in other languages is horrible and people are offended so they must be right.
@CDNSportySmurf rabble rabble!
@hildymac totally supports your complaining for complaining's sake. I hate you coke for proving I don't know what my national anthem is.
@CDNSportySmurf The national anthem ones were my favorite.
@CriminallyVu1ga I meann, I guess that's better than the billion patriotic songs set to British drinking songs.
@hildymac I love Breitbart's AtB is a deeply christian patriot anthem! Deeply christian meaning "has "god" in lyrics & is set to hymn music
@CriminallyVu1ga Oh, the foreign-ness of Hebrew! HOW DARE THEY. FFS. I can't understand people getting upset over an ad for soda.
It had American origins in that it was written by an American, but it was originally written as a Coke jingle, then recorded later as a song.
@bluesfan1972 I think people take feelings about one issue and let them bleed over into a million unrelated things.
@hildymac It's more disappointing that people I thought were decent people are also screaming about it.
@bluesfan1972 Of course! Americans just materialized here and never immigrated from other places!