If I were going to be offended by a commercial advertising a product, it would likely not be this one:
Lots of people have their panties in a bunch because the people in the video are singing the song “America The Beautiful” in several languages other than English. After reading some comments on a Yahoo news article, I’m convinced that the only thing more common in some parts of the country than English is ignorance. Read them for yourself:
It doesn’t bother me that people are singing “America the Beautiful” in languages other than English. Why not? Because they are still singing “AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL.”
But English is the official language of ‘merica, you say.
Is it? Perhaps, but not the original one. Take your pick there. Iroquois. Lakota. Cheyenne, et al.
Yet while there are clearly more people who speak English here than do not (as English is also likely the most used language for commerce, both international and domestic), it seems silly to lose sight of the fact that it’s a Coke commercial that seems to reinforce the fact that America is great. So great that people want to sing our second most popular national song in tons of different languages. I think that’s pretty cool. And the commercial is beautifully done. Listen, folks. America is a quilt, not a blanket. The beauty of it is in the patchwork, which is made up of many different fabrics, and textures, and cultures.
And anyway, if you want to talk about an offensive commercial, take a look at this one: