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Coke's 'patriotic' Super Bowl ad draws debate


Published:   |   Updated: February 3, 2014 at 10:19 AM

What was your favorite Super Bowl commercial?

Bob Dylan - Chrysler
3%
Coca-Cola - America The Beautiful
8%
Seinfeld Reunion
4%
Tim Tebow - T-Mobile
14%
Radio Shack - 1980s
12%
Anheuser-Busch - Puppy Love
50%
Other
8%

Total Votes: 485

While most of this year's Super Bowl commercials were tame by comparison, Coca-Cola created a bit of a firestorm with a patriotic-themed ad that some opponents say was anything but.

The ad shows “America The Beautiful” being sung with several iconic U.S. scenes as a backdrop, but also in different languages and showing people of various nationalities and ethnic backgrounds to salute the country's cultural diversity.

It was also the first Super Bowl ad to feature a gay family, according to GLAAD.

The commercial immediately drew a lot of debate on social media, spawning hashtags such as #speakenglish and #thisisamerica on Twitter, and plenty of discussion on Facebook.

Opponents of the commercial (some of whom thought the song actually was the national anthem) say they were offended by the song being sung in languages other than English, while supporters say it reinforces the country's reputation as a melting pot.

A sampling from Twitter:

‏@ether_geek: America was founded by immigrants. Get over it. #speakenglish

@The_Edger: #speakenglish you are a country of immigrants. I am from the UK I speak english. Speak native american to be real american. #speaksense

@ittybrittykitty: I love the Coca Cola commercial. #ThisIsAmerica and it is a diverse place and full of beautiful languages, cultures and people.

‏@GuinMilBuck: This is America. We speak English. Any song about this country does not need to be sung in any other language. #speakenglish

@RE_becca93: It's awesome to represent different nationalities in a commercial, but it should still be spoken in one language. #Speakenglish

What was your reaction? Did the commercial salute America's diversity, or was it wrong to sing “America The Beautiful” in a language other than English? Tell us in the comments below.

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