Originally Posted by Renee Furr-Popp
I thought it was great! America has always been the "Great American Melting Pot" as Saturday morning's Schoolhouse Rock used to sing about. It seems in recent years, there have been those who want natural born "Americans" to be prevented from having our traditions while people of other ethnic groups, religions, sexual orientations can celebrate theirs. THAT's what I have a problem with! If others can "do their thing", why can't we still "do our thing" the way we have for centuries without somebody telling us it offends them?!
Eh? Americans were all of the same ethnicity, religion, and sexual orientation "centuries ago"? Centuries ago white people were a very clear minority in the lands that make up America geographically today, and English speakers have never been the only ones (French, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Italian) even in the good old days where we could pretend other people didn't exist; and even if you were to look at the white people they most certainly did not consider themselves to be one religion (and in fact, killed and ostracised and exiled each other because of it). Also, many ethnicities of white people right from the start. (As well as black people, brought over to be their slaves, they didn't all come from the same group). Spanish was probably the first euro language spoken in the US.
And "natural born" Americans are of many ethnic groups, religions, and sexual orientations--and always have been. If we're going to be technical, American "traditionalists" should be pleased with the commercial, as it has a *truly* "natural born American" language in it--Keres. An indigenous language.
That being said, Coke sucks, IMO. It's a company with disgustingly unethical business practices across the world. But good on them for showing us our butts, I guess.