At some point during last night’s Super Bowl, this little ad aired.
After it was done, my reaction was, “That was well done, I really like that one!”, case closed. But then this morning when I got on my computer, I was surprised to see a shocking amount of backlash about it. Some of the complaints are that the American flag wasn’t featured or that everyone should have been speaking English.
After thinking about it, I’ve come to the conclusion that the entire commercial was a good idea, and fine the way it was. It was Coca Cola’s ad and for the money they paid, they have the right to do whatever they want. Free speech, and all that jazz. We let people say negative things about the country all the time, why can’t we accept a compliment gracefully, even if it isn’t delivered the way some want? After all, Coke was talking about Coca Cola uniting all different people, and the added bonus was that all those people were singing “America the Beautiful”.
For gosh sake, in this world, it’s a bold thing to speak of America favorably, so why the heck are we so quick to try and shoot that down? If including the heart of E Pluribus Unum in a commercial, by having lots of nationalities singing a song about America in their native tongues, is what it takes for people to feel a moment of patriotism and pride for their country, then so be it.
It was a thoughtful ad, and it started and ended with English being the focus.
I’m going to go have a Coke.