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Here in murica we speak English! Anything else is offensive!

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by ghostmaker650, Feb 3, 2014.

  1. ghostmaker650

    ghostmaker650 Chieftain

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    So Coca-Cola had an ad for the super bowl today. It's an ad in which it showcases the multitude of cultures who call the united states home, all the while the song America The Beautiful is being sung in the different languages of said cultures. I personally found the ad to be beautiful and very patriotic. I even felt proud to be American for a second. Until I saw the out cry from some of my fellow "Americans".

    Apparently a lot of people took offence to such a song being sung in a foreign language. They call it disgraceful that Coca-Cola would do such a horrible disrespectful thing. All their arguments boil down to "this is murica! We speak English!". It disgust me and shames me that so many people would be so intolerant in this country. The people offended by such a message are a disgrace to themselves and this country. America, we welcome ALL people no mater race, color or creed, or language. Clearly not. What do you guys think?

    TLDR; Nothing new here, move along.



    Link to video.
     
  2. Kyriakos

    Kyriakos Alien spiral maker

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    I find it offensive that there are some token white people there. America is not a country, it is a global community.

    (coca-cola, the megacorp that cares...for its CEO).
     
  3. downtown

    downtown Crafternoon Delight

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    I can't imagine what could possibly be more American than emotionally manipulative advertising.
     
  4. Formaldehyde

    Formaldehyde Both Fair And Balanced

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    I wondered if this was going to cause a controversy from the usual suspects. I really shouldn't have...

    Indeed.
     
  5. Kyriakos

    Kyriakos Alien spiral maker

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    ^I told you, there is no Keyser Söze.
     
  6. Formaldehyde

    Formaldehyde Both Fair And Balanced

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    Does Coke hate this country, or what?

    Coke features first gay family to appear in a Super Bowl ad

     
  7. Dralix

    Dralix Killer of threads

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    I think this argument would carry more weight if the US actually had an official language.
     
  8. amadeus

    amadeus めっちゃしんどい

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    Just another sappy and kind of pompous Coke ad.
     
  9. Kyriakos

    Kyriakos Alien spiral maker

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    Wow, so touching (no pun).

    But i suppose they mean to help, they aren't after selling more 90% sugar sodas or any other detrimental plan either.
     
  10. Formaldehyde

    Formaldehyde Both Fair And Balanced

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    What is so pompous about recognizing and appreciating the ethnic diversity in this country?
     
  11. amadeus

    amadeus めっちゃしんどい

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    Nothing. It's not the message, it's the presentation. Something about it (and a lot of Coke advertising in general) just bugs me.
     
  12. Owen Glyndwr

    Owen Glyndwr La Femme Moderne

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    whynotboth.jpg
     
  13. Antilogic

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    Loved it, they are cashing in on the Cheerios train. And to think employees were getting fired over their tweet, just look at the comments.
     
  14. Light Cleric

    Light Cleric ElCee/LC/El Cid

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    There are very, very few times I will subject myself to reading internet comments. This is NOT one of them.
     
  15. metatron

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    I was watching the Super Bowl with the fiftychat crew last night.
    That commercial made me mute my livestream.

    "What's with the singing children? Tone-deaf singing children!
    Tone-deaf singing children want me to consume more corn-sirup. Because patriotism.
    Oh, screw you!"


    I guess the point is that the appreciation you mentioned is fine and justified and arguably overdue, but that it's not bleeping Coca-Cola's place.
     
  16. Farm Boy

    Farm Boy The trees are actually quite lovely.

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    Pah, it's not like we have a monopoly on that. Either that or we've been teaching people.

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    Are you kidding me? Something so "quintessentially American" as Coca-Cola that you feel you have a ready-made scathing put down with a stereotype of fatty fat McFat American, and you don't feel it's Coca-Cola's "place" to bring things up a notch from normal while peddling? What should they do, eh? Show a couple black kids in LA enjoying a drink of soda after robbing a liquor store? Or Hispanic kids taking a break from picking strawberries? Come on man.
     
  17. TrafficJam

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    I certainly think people take this too far, but on the other hand I don't really get why people get upset (dare I say, intolerant) at people who think English should be spoken in this country. Isn't the purpose of a melting pot to melt dissimilar substances into one homogenous substance? I don't think we should be asking people to give up their culture or language, and we should certainly celebrate the diversity that we have in this country, but I don't think it's asking too much for people who jump into a melting pot to actually melt.
     
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    I think more people were upset at the people upset about this add.
     
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    Especially with a song about how America should be bigger and more powerful, sung in multiple languages, featuring a product iconic of both Americana and economic imperialism. Seriously, does Toby Goddamn Keith need to ride on a bald frickin eagle to satisfy these folks?
     
  20. Phrossack

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    How on earth does this convince me to drink a carbonated beverage? It has nothing to do with the thing it's selling.
     

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