Coca Cola ad on Super Bowl — America’s brand? Hm.

I’m watching the Super Bowl, looks like good defense (Seattle) is trouncing good offense (Denver) when a Coca Cola commercial came on and it started rather patriotically with the words of “America the Beautiful.”

Then the words went from English to languages I didn’t recognize. Now, I know the politically correct thing is to foster multiculturalism — working really well in Europe — but we should remember the words spoken by President Teddy Roosevelt:

Every immigrant who comes here should be required within five years to learn English or leave the country.”

In the first place we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the man’s becoming in very fact an American, and nothing but an American. If he tries to keep segregated with men of his own origin and separated from the rest of America, then he isn’t doing his part as an American.

There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag, and this excludes the red flag, which symbolizes all wars against liberty and civilization, just as much as it excludes any foreign flag of a nation to which we are hostile.

We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language for we intend to see that the crucible turns our people out as Americans, and American nationality, and not as dwellers in a polyglot boarding house; and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.

I am quite sure there may be some who appreciated the commercial, but Coca Cola missed the mark in my opinion. If we cannot be proud enough as a country to sing “America the Beautiful” in English in a commercial during the Super Bowl, by a company as American as they come — doggone we are on the road to perdition. This was a truly disturbing commercial for me, what say you?

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R.N.T.NC/SC
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Completely and entirely agree…. Coke is a disgrace….

ra44mr2
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Hmm…nope ill be going back to generic soda thanks. I bought some diet Coke this weekend cause it was on sale but not anymore i think ill make it a point to buy something other than Coke whenever possible.

Balto2
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Diet pop has aspertaime and it is poison, check it out. (sorry about the spelling) I quit drinking pop because I do not Pepsi commercials and now Coca Cola products will not be in my home either as well as Subway and others that promote liberal agenda. God Bless America!

Dolphieness
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I posted on their facebook. That is OUR song – not the song of other nations. It is inappropriate for that company to engage in agenda pushing. You do not find us singing the national songs of other countries – we would not insult them that way. SHAME on Coca Cola and NO! they are no longer an American company – even though we, in America, are who grew them into the mega-company they are today.

Carl A. K. Sverdrup
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Uh, the national anthem is The Star-Spangled Banner.

Bear
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Bad as Obama giving the OK to kill our bird The Eagle this is BS

CherZ
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Go home Bear. You’re drunk.

Tina Paegelow
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Spot off! He didn’t say they had to speak English to come here but had to learn English with in 5 years. Which is completely reasonable. Our National language is still English. Our national song should be sung only in English.

TeamNiceDynamite
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America has no official language……

Unimoggers
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SPOT ON!!

Tom Gibney
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That’s ok…I drink Pepsi… 🙂

texasgirl46
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I’m with ya………disgusting to say the least….
I’ve already gone to their facebook page, like many others…

Ralph Brandt
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no more coke products

Jonathan Bund
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Behind_You1
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Meh. The stuff is loaded with high fructose corn syrup. Besides, tap water is better for you (and cheaper).

karina
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aside from the chlorine and the arsenic in our tap from improper practices…nothing is safe to eat or drink these days….its choose your poision…or your lesser poison.

Killer Social Media
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They just released a study that there is a 1 in 100000 chance you will get cancer for any soda that uses caramel coloring anyway.

Susan Kamelgarn
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I will never drink Coke again..That was an insult.

Diego
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No it was not, it was respect for the whole planet who speaks other languages.

Connie Chastain
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it was a deliberate dig at those who wish to retain the cultural cohesiveness of the United States.

Jonathan Bund
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Blues Lovr
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America the great is fading away. Goodbye, you will be missed….

David Knaus
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My thoughts exactly.

jane
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I wasn’t fond of it either, for the same reason. I agree with Teddy about the language, speak it within a reasonable time or go back to where you came from.

Melissa
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I think people are blowing it out of proportion completely. The foundation of this country is people who came to a new world to escape oppression. The plaque on the Statue of Liberty doesn’t say “Only come here if you can speak English”. People should adapt to how things work in our country but they should never be forced to disregard their own heritage. Ever.

Connie Chastain
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Nobody has asked them to do that.

Suzie Nunnally Clary
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Becoming an American and speaking English in no way disregards one’s heritage.

Linda S Canter
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There is so much bs in your statement… Obviously you don’t get the point at all….

Melissa
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That’s your opinion and you’re welcome to it. That’s the beauty of America – free speech!

dusty keele
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Melissa, I’m pleased to see that you’re being more tolerant of others’ opinions now. That’s a step in the right direction and I’m proud of you!

Sharon
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No insult, but try and soak up some knowledge. Give this a listen. http://youtu.be/9ESlS2jrhXY

Melissa
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Apparently you didn’t read my comment when I said people SHOULD adapt to how things work in our country but they should never be forced to disregard their own heritage. America The Beautiful in any language is still the same song and same sentiment.

Leslie Anderson Hoffmann
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Leslie Anderson Hoffmann

And no one is saying they should disregard there Language speak it at home but when you are out soeak English . And don’t change our

Melissa
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Leslie, it seems like YOU have a problem speaking English. Perhaps you should have been in that Coke commercial.

Tina Paegelow
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Way off Melissa. He didn’t say they should speak English before they can come here. He said they should learn English with in 5 years. Which is very reasonable. Our national language is still English. Our national song should be sung in English.

aMOM1st
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This is ‘AMERICA’ if you want to speak Spanish, German, French, or some other language then go to their country and speak it. Other countries don’t change their ways because Americans move over there so why should we?

Gail Arvizo
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Melissa,say what you like but when you don’t recognize your country any more because no one speaks the language anymore then don’t complain,no one is saying for them to disregard their heritage,just to speak the language of this country if you want to be a American Maybe you would like to join the muslim heritage then you wont even have any rights as a women.You need to open your eyes as to whats happening to this beautiful country!

Melissa
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One of the languages spoken in the commercial was Hebrew, the language of Jewish people. So are you religiously intolerant, too?

Gail Arvizo
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No im not,but this is America,the language is ENGLISH! You don’t know a dang thing about me or you would know how much I stand with Isreal,but that’s neither here or there,im a American and think if people want to become American then they need to learn our language! I bet your all for the illegals ignoring our language and laws also!

Tina Paegelow
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Gail your are spot on! Thank you for standing with the Jewish people. Melissa seems to be reading this with her bias in the way. She keeps inserting statements into the script that aren’t there. God save America!

Melissa
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What wasn’t there? Part of the commercial was in Hebrew, Tina. Hate to tell you but multi-culteralism has nothing to do with God. Open your eyes, open your mind, and learn to be a little more tolerant and accepting. This is the reason why we haven’t had a Republican President in office in 8 years – because people see the Republican party as being too closed-minded. You wanna save America? Be respectful.

Tina Paegelow
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There was no discussion about religion. YOU brought it up. And your comment about Mr. Roosevelt saying immigrants have to speak English before coming to America. Again, factually wrong.

Melissa
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I never said that. That was Allen West. Did you even read the blog post? LMAO

Jennifer Newell
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Ah, you’ll never get anywhere with a lot of these folks. There’s no middle ground. There’s no understanding.

dusty keele
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Melissa, that’s rich, since you’re intolerant of the opinions of others. Don’t be so closed-minded. Have a little respect, starting with yourself.

Melissa
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How am I intolerant of the opinions of others? I’m just pointing out problems with Tina’s ‘logic’. If she wants to be prejudicial, that’s her business and definitely not MY problem.

Gail Arvizo
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She isn’t more than in her early 20s so I will forgive her for her non understanding ways as she is still a child and needs to watch more tv and read up on whats really going on in this country:)

Melissa
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On the contrary, I’m in my 30s. Age is just a number. I have more experience with politics than you’d like to believe, Gail. Your personal attack just demonstrates my point further.

Gail Arvizo
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What ever your age,you are still young and need to get off your religion kick,and im not Republican nor Liberal so stop assuming things and wake the heck up. What personal attack? Why did you just say Hebrew or Jewish language? Was there not more than one language in the commercial?

Tina Paegelow
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There was no personal attack Melissa. Except by you.

Melissa
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So now you wanna be ageist? You have a lot of problems.

Gail Arvizo
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And just what is a ageist?

Melissa
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You’re stereotyping me because of my age. “You are still young…” – your words. My age has nothing to do with your prejudice.

Gail Arvizo
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Well dear next to me you are a very young girl,and im not prejudice for the last time! And why do you take every thing personaly? Do I need to agree with every thing you say to be considered personal or not. Plain and simple if you want to come here and be part of this wonderful country you should at least learn the native language! I will not sit here and argue with you as its not worth my time:)

qwerty123
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no where in the constitution says that English is the native language. There is no official language for the United States. simple as that

Scheidde Rogers
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They should learn English within a reasonable amount of time.. No one is saying they should forget where they came from just that they should become a part of where they are….

Pam
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Well, just when you think you have heard it all……

Adam
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I liked it. We’re a melting pot. Didn’t bother me.

dusty keele
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That’s not true anymore. If we were still a melting pot, newcomers would “melt” into our culture and insist on learning English within a reasonable period of time. The goal of political correctness has always been to erase American culture by dividing everyone into their separate factions in the name of “diversity”. It seems to have been accomplished so smoothly, that some didn’t even notice.

moonman1959
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Political correctness rules the roost. Disgusting. Pepsi, here I come.

JlyLarkspur
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Are you kidding me? Pepsi is one of the most liberal companies out there! Not going to find the attitude you’re looking for at Pepsi.

moonman1959
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Depends on their commercials. If they feel the need to push their agenda on me, I’ll go elsewhere.

Patty
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Agree!

Nikki Hicks
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I agree, Allen! Disturbing.

Stephanie Mills
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I totally agree..this is America…respect our country as your own…English is our language….learn it.

Diego
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Mistake… America is also Central and SOUTH AMERICA and in central and South America we speak Spanish, French, Neo irish, Portugaise, and a lot of other languages.

dusty keele
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Dude, don’t be obtuse. You know very well that when people speak of America, they are referring to The United States of America. When they refer to Central America, they say, “Central America” and likewise when referring to South America, they use the words, “South America”. I will guarantee you that if you were told that a stranger was from America, you wouldn’t ask them whether they were from Central or South America. You would know they are from the United States of America. Furthermore, the song “America”, which was sung in the commercial in question, was written about The… Read more »
SamJoe
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They were trying the message of inclusivity but struck a wrong chord. I say this as an American who happens to be ethnically Korean. America the beautiful has one translation: English.

Diego
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Mistake, AMERICA is not just North America, AMERICA is the WHOLE continent, and in the WHOLE continent there are other languages. you morons.

College Geek
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LOL you’re arguing that ‘America the Beautiful’ is about North America and not The United States?

Diego
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No, i am arguing that AMERICA is the whole continent including Central and South America, so the song is also of my country which is also located in America the Beautiful.

RealityMax
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Diego, there is no continent called ‘America’. There are TWO continents with ‘America’ in their name, just as there is a country with the same word in their name. If the song was called ‘North America, the Beautiful then you’d have an argument.
Or are you saying we should never refer to the country just south of us as ‘Mexico’ – after all, the formal country name is Estados Unidos Mexicanos (United Mexican States)….

karina
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and that song was aimed at America the country…not NORTH AMERICA the continent…to not make such a distinction is erroneous at best and ignorant at worst. The song was written about this nation not about the entire continent…your agrument is therefore not even a valid argument based in any sort of reason.

Diego
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That is what happens when your pathetic pride steals the name of a whole continent.

College Geek
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Diego is what happens when you go to a public school funded by a government and don’t think for yourself.

Diego
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There is no country called ¨America¨ just a continent that includes Central and South America.

karina
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United States of America. So yes, there is a country known by the word America. Your ignorance is astounding me. I didn’t declare it America…also there is a huge distinction between America…also referred to as the US, USA, and its full title and the continent North America.

Diego
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America is the whole continent and the fact that your USA country is known by just the word ¨America¨ is a pathetic and disrespectful mistake.

karina
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Funny that no one else seems to see your sentiment….or that no one else seems to find it disrespectful….sounds like a personal issue. You do realize that it was the English and the Spanish who started that right?

Diego
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It is a trendy issue in other American regions, but we quit struggling about it because it is nonsense to discuss it with blind fluoride water drinkers.

karina
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What I’m starting to realize is that its pointless to struggle to discuss anything with arrogantly blind people who show their ignorance in their comments.

Diego
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Ignorance is to think that North America is the whole American continent my comments just show YOUR ignorance instead.

karina
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I don’t think that North America is the whole continent troll. I recognize that my nation is just a piece of it. Consider your ignorance shown

Diego
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But your beloved song says that in it´s title, so the song can be sang in different languages that are used in the WHOLE continent.

karina
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OMG you are so something. I don’t even know what word to use for how special you are being. The song is about this nation. Whoever wrote it wasn’t trying to be derogatory and you’re just being nit picky about something really really dumb. Grow up find a better argument and quite wasting people’s time. Good day and goodnight. I’m tired of wasting precious logic on the ignorant.

Diego
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Well if the song is about a Nation, do not use the name of a continent in it.

karina
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THE NATION IS CALLED THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA….you are a moron.

Diego
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SO the song had to be called ¨The United States Of America The beautiful¨ you double moron.

karina
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because that would so totally fit in the song. It was an expression of speech….it was a song. It is obvious that it is talking about the US and you apparently have a stick up your rear as well as being ignorant of the obvious.

Diego
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NO, the song is talking about a continent since its title.

Darren A
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Diego – consider yourself OWNED. I know you saw my reply below and you got no answer.. Do some basic research before you pipe up.. Seriously Diego. There’s a thing called Google. Use it. You can clearly see this song was written as a “PATRIOTIC” song for the united states by Katherine Lee Bates. Look at her original poem “oh beautiful for pilgrim feet” etc. arguing against this is like arguing the sky is purple and not blue, but then again in your world the sky probably IS purple. Do me a favor, until you use this new thing called… Read more »
Darren A
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Seriously Diego. There’s a thing called Google. Use it. You can clearly see this song was written as a “PATRIOTIC” song for the united states by Katherine Lee Bates. Look at her original poem “oh beautiful for pilgrim feet” etc. arguing against this is like arguing the sky is purple and not blue, but then again in your world the sky probably IS purple. Do me a favor, until you use this new thing called Google and can direct us all to a link that states the song was written for the whole continent, please go away. We all eagerly… Read more »
karina
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So a song written in the US that is about American pride, immigration, ect….written by and American…who said it was about America….is about the entire continent…because you are a moron who cannot do his or her research? It’s considered national hymn….look it up instead of just assuming….oh and its not known as a patriotic song of the entire continent…so once again…your ignorance and lack of research fails you. If you look up the song….all the verses including the ones that are not commonly sung…are about the USA. A title alone does not constitute entire meaning.

Greg Elliff
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Karina, you shouldn’t bother trying to argue with idiots like Diego.

karina
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I know. Sometimes I feel like a glutton for punishment.

Diego
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Well but it has the name of an entire continent. that is the truth. And the continent also belong to us, so it is BAD entitled.

Diego
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No, your Country is called United States of America, is not America.

Daniella
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They should have shown the diversity in the citizens and sung it in English! Period! I am not seriously offended, but I do not appreciate Coke and their “liberal” attitude. I agree with Roosevelt assimilate

Diego
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You are so dumb, why don´t you just bomb the whole planet so you do not have to suffer diversity?

Craig Braley
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I ws thinking the same thing I am glad I wasn’t alone

Diane Tagart Reed
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I agree totally. If you want to come here do so legally and and be one of us. We are all equal. Guess I’ll stay a Pepsi drinker.

Eugene Trahan
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and for Pepsi drinkers watch the new cans with the Pledge on it with out the words Under God in it.

Virginia Camner
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We usually drink Pepsi but no more. I think I’ll start drinking Crystal Light. I thought Pepsi was owned by Mormons and they believe in God. So why did they leave God out of the Pledge????

abqblondie2
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Not true. That was a FB hoax.

Ilene
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I did not like that ad

juppie
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disgraceful, that’s the only word to describe the commercial.

Diego
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Disgraceful that´s the only word to describe the United States.

afftongrown
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Shame on Coca Cola! It has been a staple throughout American homes for years! Looks like Pepsi just took top spot!

Randall
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Apparently, stupid seeps into Coca-cola corporate every 30 years (new Coke). At least back then corporate listened to their customer base instead of slapping them in the face for not coming around and seeing things the Coca-cola way. Pepsi products for me from now on.

Toni Holliday
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Fully agree, Allen..

Gary Schaeffer
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I agree….there is no place for a commercial like this.

Diego
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Pathetic morons, there are other countries and languages that watch the bloody super bowl.

ljbhuggins
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Coke is ALL I DRINK, BUT NO longer!!!!!! Lost a long time customer!!!!!!!!!!

Diego
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Why don´t you use your technology to split the States from the planet and make a death star spaceship out of your pathetic country and put it into space.

Legatus legionis
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Multiculturalism is a failure in Europe. Today, the Europeans are rebelling against the forced acceptance of cultures and laws, like Sharia, that are antithetical to their values and laws. I suspect the depiction of a Muslim girl in the Coke add is something designed to appease Obama.

Diego
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Haters, just losers and Haters in this infernal country of yours.

Bexx
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At least they kept the word “God” in the song. That was a shocker.

Diego
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Do you know that the word ¨God¨ comes out of the hebrew word ¨Yod¨? and hebrews and muslims come from the same place? LOL!!!

Greg
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Same thing I was thinking

Chuck
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At least they said, “God,” that’s something. Otherwise–it’s “multiculturalism” garbage.

Diego
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So what are you gonna do? bomb the whole world so you do not have to stand all this ¨garbage¨?

Barbie
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I am offended by the commercial. but a company is trying to sell it to everyone. but they are America and should sell it as it is.. or we can sure switch and promote all of the water, better for you anyway !!!!

Diego
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Why are you so childish? AMERICA is the whole continent, you are just NORTH AMERICA!!! and there are other languages in this continent.

dusty keele
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Hey, Diego, sorry to break the news to you, buddy. But there are seven continents. The United States of America, known as “America” for short, shares its continent with Canada and Mexico. This continent is known as “North America” and is distinctly separate from South America.

Bear
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well looks like back to pepsi and coke is gone from my house. Thas the superbowl in the USA and we damn sure don’t want to hear it sung in anything else

SB_Smith
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My National Anthem ?
I want it In ENGLISH 100%.

can'tcurestupid
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That wasn’t the national anthem genius.

aMOM1st
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Emily – Your a troll and Asshat!!! Get a life and if you don’t like Col. West then unfriend his page, you moron!!!

Tammy
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I wasn’t offended. I thought it was a reminder that America is a melting pot of many nationalities. I would have been offended if they omitted “God she’s his grace on thee”!!!!

Patrick Oxford
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To melt in with the rest of the country you need to assimilate. That would mean fitting in. Learning Engish. Not having to dial 1 for English. To be here and stay apart is not becoming an American.

dougw333
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Well the line is “God shed his grace on thee”…just FYI…

Tammy
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It was auto correct, sorry. I know the words:)

aMOM1st
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Yea right!! Blame it on ‘auto correct’!!! lol

Tammy
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Try typing it on your iPhone and see:}

auggiec
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The problem is that nothing is actually melting anymore. We were taught in my sociology class that America is more like a salad bowl.

auggiec
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Sorry, that of course was meant for the OP.

aMOM1st
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Here you were ‘bashing’ Col. West for using a double negative and yet you can’t spell correctly, lmao!!!! Asshat!!!

SierraRose
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I’ll take people singing positive things and smiling about America in whatever language I can get them.

linda stoever
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Coke wants to abandon Americans in their advertising? Maybe it’s time Americans abandon Coke for Pepsi or RC?

Diego
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Why you call yourselves ¨Americans¨? you are NOT the whole american continent, you are just a part of North America.

Sharonna
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I thought it was strange. Weird, actually. Why would that song be sung in anything but English?

Diego
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Because Coca Cola is worldwide and English is NOT the universal language. there are other languages and other countries even though you can not believe it or you do not stand them and bomb them.

aMOM1st
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You’re such a ‘flip-flop’!!!

Who Weber
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Disgracefull!

Diego
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Why?

Charles Cunninham
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Funny when I am in Europe and people start talking to me and I say English only they walk away. Funny how in the US I am required to learn additional languages so I can talk to others. Landing in a New England airport from an international flight it took 3 people at a concession stand to understand I wanted a bottle of water. Only in America.

Diego
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That is why you HAVE to learn other languages.

Emily Norta
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How interesting that a man of color would use a quote by Teddy Roosevelt, a man who made his living using slave labor.

dusty keele
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Emily, where did you learn that falsehood? Public school?

aMOM1st
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Emily – Your a troll and Asshat!!! Get a life and if you don’t like Col. West then unfriend his page, you moron!!!

BaliHai84
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Maybe you should bone up on your history. Slavery was abolished and the Civll war was over at least 30 years before Teddy Roosevelt became president.

lewwaters
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Multiculturalism is just the new segregation in the making. We no longer embrace as E Pluribus Unum, and eventually will be seeing my culture is better than yours.

bigotrycanbeunleard
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His rebuttal to the commercial proves that thinking exists and that Allen already believes it.

NickFortune
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I agree; I thought the very same thing whatever happened to assimilation? We’re becoming more like the United Nations.”Multiculturalism and Diversity” diminishes our American culture.

JJ
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Isn’t it true that most of those countries can’t buy CC….Hmmm……

aMOM1st
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Your a troll and Asshat!!! Get a life and if you don’t like Col. West then unfriend his page, you moron!!!

Jake
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I would expect as someone complaining about a commercial not being in English you at least proofread your own article and not have English grammar mistakes. “Then the words went from English to languages I didn’t not recognize.”

aMOM1st
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Is that anything like you saying ‘God she’s grace on thee’? LOL, Emily – Your a troll and Asshat!!! Get a life and if you don’t like Col. West then unfriend his page, you moron!!!

david918273
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They sell coke all over the world. They watch the Super Bowl all over the world. They’re two great American things that the world loves. No idea how this ad could possibly upset anyone.

dusty keele
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Since you choose to be dense, I will explain it to you. It was the choice of song. “America” is one of those songs that pulls at the heartstrings of those who love the United States of America. It is an insult for that song to be sung in languages other than English.

brickerman
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I’ll stay with Pepsi…

aMOM1st
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You are such a ‘flip-flop’

Sharon
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Thomas Sowell The reality of multiculturalism http://youtu.be/9ESlS2jrhXY

goldie
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I agree Mr. West. Learn to speak English within 5 years or leave. This is a America! The melting pot of many countries. So become one of us.

icy69hot
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Our Nation needs to finally choose English as our official language..I for one am getting tired listening to For English press One…and kids in Texas and California not being allowed to wear the American flag but it’s ok to praise the Mexican one.