Have a Coke for Breakfast!–Shalom, O’-Si-Yo’, Ƿesaþ hāle…

2014 Super Bowl Commercial for Coca-Cola

2014 Super Bowl Commercial for Coca-Cola

After I saw the Coca-Cola commercial during the Super Bowl last night, I watched the fallout from unhappy “Americans” (I use the term loosely). The first thing to shock me was the vitriol of the ignorant, xenophobic, and intolerant masses. The next surprise came from the ignorant, intolerant, liberal haters trying to label all the intolerant, conservative haters, commenting on the commercial as right-wing, religious, fundamentalists. Some of them may indeed be ditto-heads and zealots, they, unlike their critics, at least do not pretend to be open-minded. They are dumb enough to display their pitiful grasp of Americanized English, and bad theology to the whole world through stupid comments and posts.

I don’t honestly know which group agitates me more, but probably the latter, because it is duplicitous to profess tolerance out of one side of your mouth and exhibit classic bigoted hate speech from the other. Don’t misunderstand me, I am fired up and ashamed for the narrow-minded, English-only, knuckleheads bashing Coke, just for presenting a multi-lingual version of America the Beautiful. I don’t have a problem with people expressing their criticism about whatever, but they should keep the stereotypes to themselves.

Since I thrive on diversity and inclusivity, I thought the commercial was both thought provoking and encouraging. In fact, it inspired me to like the Coca-Cola Facebook page just to make a statement. If you stereotype anyone who voices an opinion different than yours as religious fundamentalist Republican conservatives, you might just be a bigot, and a hypocrite. If you do not like diversity, the USA is probably not going to be a fun place to live anymore, since it does not seem to be the direction it is going.

Have both groups forgotten the famous words of Emma Lazarus (born to a Jewish family from Portugal) engraved at the base of the Statue of Liberty?

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

These are not words of intolerance, but words of inclusion. Wake-up haters! If you think Coke’s commercial somehow takes away from your America, you are ignorant of our countries history.