Anyone who watched the Super Bowl or has been tuning into the Winter Olympics has surely seen Coca-Cola’s latest commercial, in which “America The Beautiful” is sung in multiple languages. The ad is accompanied by images of diverse people of different backgrounds and religions, hammering in the point that our country truly is a beautiful melting point. I found the ad to be quite moving, but was horrified to see how many people were blasting negative comments online.
Apparently some people are angry that Coca-Cola is celebrating a vision of America that they don’t support. They’re not in favor of multiculturalism, and they’re offended by the fact that “America The Beautiful” isn’t sung in English alone. Yes, English is our national language, but don’t they realize that it’s our diversity that makes America truly special? I myself was raised in France and Venezuela, but am still an America. Many of my friends are second- or third-generation immigrants whose ancestors came here in search of freedom. To me, that’s something to celebrate, not hate on.
What do you make of the commercial? Do you like its message?