Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Oh Right Wing, Is This Really Another Reason To Get Mad?

Did y'all watch the Super Bowl?  I didn't.  And I certainly didn't watch any commercials.  I'm sorry to be in the huge minority when I tell you that I still, at this age, have no idea what the appeal is.  I mute commercials of any show I am watching.  Why would I get excited to see them on a random Sunday?

All that is really just to set the foundation that I do not understand getting excited in any way for a commercial.

But apparently Coca-Cola {a conservative company} had the nerve to make a commercial that was all-inclusive.  And oooh doggie did it make the right wingers mad!  It included a... gay couple.  {gasp!} And they had a kid!!  {gasp, gasp!}

Naturally I had to break my rule to see what the fuss was all about.

Um...I had to watch it twice to even find the couple in question.  And that's going into it knowing what to look for.  I don't think I would have ever noticed if not for reading two articles first that described the "incident" in detail.

But don't take my word for it.  Watch for yourself.  The song is quite beautiful, so it's not a total waste of your time, I promise.

Oh but it gets better {or better if you are on my side of the aisle shaking your head at the ridiculousness of the situation anyway}.  Read this article about the person who wrote the song.

Funny, right?!

I don't know much about much, but this seems like an incredibly dumb reason to be all hot and bothered.  It's a commercial.  For soda.  Paid for by a private company trying to sell their soda to anyone with money.  Gay people love Diet Coke just as much as straight people {because what's not to love....mmm!}.  I highly doubt this was some sort of conspiracy to convert you to be gay or like gays.  It was however hoping to convert you into a Coke drinker.  And given the publicity it's received, I'd say the big winner here is Coca-Cola, the conservative supporting company.

Well played, Coke.  Well played!


eHa said...

I found this ad and the reaction to it incredibly ironic since Coca-Cola was a notably racist corporation. They used to deliberately avoid marketing to African-Americans.

MCW said...

How dare Coke?!?
Amazing to me how close minded people are. Absolutely amazing.

Buford Betty said...

From the convos I've seen, etc, the bigger issue was the multilingual rendition of America the Beautiful. Either way, Coke won - ha.

Stormy said...

I saw the commercial, thought it was fine and didn't get the whole 'controversy.'

I have to say that I'm a little confused as to why you think that it's only right wing people who are offended by the commercial. Please do not think that I'm defending the extremists [right or left], but I fail to see how you can say that all of the people who hate the commercial are right wingers. I think they're ALL ignorant and foolish for hating the commercial, but not necessarily ALL right wing.

Preppy Pink Crocodile said...

Buford Betty- interesting! I've not read that. Out of curiosity...why would that be offensive?


Preppy Pink Crocodile said...

Ginastorm- I've only read a few articles but they all noted that conservative groups were upset. I in no way indicated (or personally believe) that any one group/leader/team represents all people/followers/members.

If you have seen discussions of other groups being upset too, please feel free to share links. As I stated, I see nothing offensive about the one minute commercial so any fuss at all quite confuses me.


Buford Betty said...

Really? That's pretty much all I see. People getting upset over a patriotic American song being sung in something other than English. Multiculturalism/immigration politics.

Preppy Pink Crocodile said...

Buford Betty-

Interesting. And incredibly sad. We don't even have a National Language so I can't understand why that's at all controversial. English is the common but not official language of the US.



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