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(The Daily Beast)   To all the Coca-Cola Super Bowl ad haters aghast at the notion of using a foreign language to express the idea of togetherness, I have only three words for you: e pluribus unum   (thedailybeast.com ) divider line
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2014-02-04 07:35:40 PM  
I have no idea what this thread is about. I'm kind of happy about that.
 
2014-02-04 07:36:02 PM  
Just going to say this:

Welcoming folks in is a great thing. Make them feel welcome, give them a path to citizenship, and let them make this their home.

However, when you open your doors to strangers who have their own cultures and their own languages, and you don't ask that they make an effort to assimilate, you're going to end up with divisions because no one trusts each other, the various tribes stay with their own, and you end up with strife. If you want to promote harmony, then there has to be a few points of agreed-upon common ground to which all people must assimilate.
 
2014-02-04 07:36:50 PM  
Am I really the Weeners the relevant xkcd?

imgs.xkcd.com

Fark, I am disappoint.
 
2014-02-04 07:36:56 PM  
Personally, I feel our country will be made stronger if we don't have a common language.
 
2014-02-04 07:37:28 PM  

Vector R: lostcat: scottydoesntknow: Vector R: I do find it somewhat offensive, as other countries aren't forced to be "diverse" by having THEIR national anthems sung in different languages. They have official languages that the natives speak, and we should too.

I hope you're joking, otherwise I'm going to have to favorite you as "farking moron" so I know to avoid your posts in the future.

The farkie I have for him reminds me that he's never ridden on a city bus before, so the comment doesn't surprise me, and I don't think he's joking.

I used to ride back and forth to campus before I got a car, FYI. I still take into the city occasionally because it's easier than parking.

I was just pointing out that you don't see the French national anthem sung in Swahili, and it strikes me as ridiculous that somehow it's okay for our national anthem to be sung in something other than our national language. Say Cherokee all you want, but we won, and now English people are the vast majority in this country. English should be our national language, but for some bass-ackwards reason, it's not okay or "racist" to suggest it. We can have diversity and assimilation at the same time - my ancestors managed to learn English to function in this country, and yet we still maintain some of our culture from our native lands. We didn't demand everyone honor our traditions or speak our language.


Do I have to spell this out for you?!

It is NOT THE NATIONAL ANTHEM! That's the main reason people are calling you a farking moron.

There are others, but that's definitely the main one.
 
2014-02-04 07:38:35 PM  

lostcat: Oh people...

English isn't going anywhere anytime soon. No need to get all freaked out and defensive about it.

Even in developing nations in SE Asia, where China is buying up all the property and dumping tons of money, people are not going out of their way to learn Mandarin. They are still focused on English as the transactional language of business.

If people all over the world still view English as the language you have to learn to do business internationally, then I don't think we here in the US need to worry that we'll see English replaced anytime soon.

And do people really prefer to live in a world were everyone around them looks and talks exactly the same? How depressingly boring and xenophobic. I moved away from a tiny town like that when I was in my teens. In my head, that town changed along with me. But I guess I know, in my heart, that if I went back there again, it would still be the same white faces and lazy accents on every street. I wonder if they've even opened a single Thai restaurant within the county.


True except the derp wasn't about fear of a diminishing language. Those tweets etc were nothing more than a display of xenophobic rants and deep seated racism.
I guarantee you if everyone spoke English in the that commercial people will still voice their displeasure because those participants didn't 'look' American enough there coke will still get blame for being unpatriotic and perndering to godless minority mooslem brown yellow commies.
 
2014-02-04 07:39:04 PM  

Vector R: I was just pointing out that you don't see the French national anthem sung in Swahili, and it strikes me as ridiculous that somehow it's okay for our national anthem to be sung in something other than our national language. Say Cherokee all you want, but we won, and now English people are the vast majority in this country. English should be our national language [blah blah blah]


The Star Spangled Banner is your national anthem. They sang America the Beautiful in the commercial.

/Canadian
 
2014-02-04 07:39:58 PM  

Russ1642: The vast majority of those tweets were sarcastic.


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Not posting ElJungleCat's
 
2014-02-04 07:40:20 PM  

Vector R: lostcat: scottydoesntknow: Vector R: I do find it somewhat offensive, as other countries aren't forced to be "diverse" by having THEIR national anthems sung in different languages. They have official languages that the natives speak, and we should too.

I hope you're joking, otherwise I'm going to have to favorite you as "farking moron" so I know to avoid your posts in the future.

The farkie I have for him reminds me that he's never ridden on a city bus before, so the comment doesn't surprise me, and I don't think he's joking.

I used to ride back and forth to campus before I got a car, FYI. I still take into the city occasionally because it's easier than parking.

I was just pointing out that you don't see the French national anthem sung in Swahili, and it strikes me as ridiculous that somehow it's okay for our national anthem to be sung in something other than our national language. Say Cherokee all you want, but we won, and now English people are the vast majority in this country. English should be our national language, but for some bass-ackwards reason, it's not okay or "racist" to suggest it. We can have diversity and assimilation at the same time - my ancestors managed to learn English to function in this country, and yet we still maintain some of our culture from our native lands. We didn't demand everyone honor our traditions or speak our language.


Oh FFS, it's television commercial.  It's not legislation.  And for the last time, it was not the national anthem.
 
2014-02-04 07:40:38 PM  
i bet some people would shiat their beds if they knew  Katharine Lee Bates was a lesbian.

/oh nos
 
2014-02-04 07:40:52 PM  

SuperNinjaToad: lostcat: Oh people...

English isn't going anywhere anytime soon. No need to get all freaked out and defensive about it.

Even in developing nations in SE Asia, where China is buying up all the property and dumping tons of money, people are not going out of their way to learn Mandarin. They are still focused on English as the transactional language of business.

If people all over the world still view English as the language you have to learn to do business internationally, then I don't think we here in the US need to worry that we'll see English replaced anytime soon.

And do people really prefer to live in a world were everyone around them looks and talks exactly the same? How depressingly boring and xenophobic. I moved away from a tiny town like that when I was in my teens. In my head, that town changed along with me. But I guess I know, in my heart, that if I went back there again, it would still be the same white faces and lazy accents on every street. I wonder if they've even opened a single Thai restaurant within the county.

True except the derp wasn't about fear of a diminishing language. Those tweets etc were nothing more than a display of xenophobic rants and deep seated racism.
I guarantee you if everyone spoke English in the that commercial people will still voice their displeasure because those participants didn't 'look' American enough there coke will still get blame for being unpatriotic and perndering to godless minority mooslem brown yellow commies.


This

Although, TBH, the veracity of the comments would have been much toner and fewer if it your example were to be used.
 
2014-02-04 07:41:05 PM  

stanhapsburg: Romanes eunt domus.


What's this, then? "Romanes eunt domus"? People called Romanes, they go, the house?
 
Ant
2014-02-04 07:41:30 PM  

ricbach229: Am I the only one that thought it was just a bad commercial on it's own?  The product wasn't pitched and it was just a long multicultural sing a long without context.


The product is sugary carbonated water with flavoring. There's not much to say about the actual product. All pop/soda commercials are stupid and nonsensical.
 
2014-02-04 07:42:51 PM  

CanisNoir: Outrage over a commercial is idiotic, likewise anyone who thinks the country can be successful with a bunch of disparete cultures and languages is ignoring the entirity of human history. We're a melting pot because different cultures adapt themselves to America and add their own individual spice; the country didn't adapt to the other culture.


List of doomed nations
 
2014-02-04 07:43:12 PM  
There is a lot of poetry in the lyrics:

For spacious skies
For amber waves of grain
For purple mountain's majesty
thine alabaster cities gleam, undimmed by human tears.

I could see where a very sensitive person would see a problem with what could be lost in translation of this non-standard poetic speech. Such a person would weep knowing that people read the bible without a thorough knowledge of Greek, Hebrew, Aramaic and possibly Latin.


thegospelcoalition.org
 
2014-02-04 07:44:57 PM  
There's no hate like neocon hate.
 
2014-02-04 07:44:58 PM  
If anything good can come from this, it would be if a bunch of southern hillbillies cared enough about boycotting Coke to stop using the word "Coke" whenever they order a soda/pop/soft drink, or whatever term you prefer that makes infinitely more sense.
 
2014-02-04 07:46:06 PM  

Vector R: lostcat: scottydoesntknow: Vector R: I do find it somewhat offensive, as other countries aren't forced to be "diverse" by having THEIR national anthems sung in different languages. They have official languages that the natives speak, and we should too.

I hope you're joking, otherwise I'm going to have to favorite you as "farking moron" so I know to avoid your posts in the future.

The farkie I have for him reminds me that he's never ridden on a city bus before, so the comment doesn't surprise me, and I don't think he's joking.

I used to ride back and forth to campus before I got a car, FYI. I still take into the city occasionally because it's easier than parking.

I was just pointing out that you don't see the French national anthem sung in Swahili, and it strikes me as ridiculous that somehow it's okay for our national anthem to be sung in something other than our national language. Say Cherokee all you want, but we won, and now English people are the vast majority in this country. English should be our national language, but for some bass-ackwards reason, it's not okay or "racist" to suggest it. We can have diversity and assimilation at the same time - my ancestors managed to learn English to function in this country, and yet we still maintain some of our culture from our native lands. We didn't demand everyone honor our traditions or speak our language.


List of people who demand you speak their language:

END OF LIST

And whatever your ancestry is, German, Irish, Polish, whatever, yes, dumbshiat, your ancestors felt the racism of Real Murcans and they hated it.

Now you are what they hated.
 
2014-02-04 07:46:12 PM  
Fairly certain the 1% that actually runs the county has a motto of "Divide et impera"
 
2014-02-04 07:47:52 PM  

Passive Aggressive Larry: If anything good can come from this, it would be if a bunch of southern hillbillies cared enough about boycotting Coke to stop using the word "Coke" whenever they order a soda/pop/soft drink, or whatever term you prefer that makes infinitely more sense.


That would be funny if this commercial had that much effect that it changed the Southern Dialect.

We could use more "soda" people to help our cause.
 
2014-02-04 07:49:14 PM  

spamdog: I think a lot of negative reactions is because people are sick to death of "diversity" mandates, not necessarily enacted by the state, but by the companies they work for, the marketing they see, and all the left-wingers that use it to club people over the head with. It's tiresome.

If you just want to bash Republicans to puff yourself up a bit, then go right ahead. But don't you feel like a bit of a sheep, bleating the same thing as 95% of everyone here?


Most of the time, when there's a diversity mandate injected by the government, it's for a reason.  That said, I'm white and live in the Bay Area, one of the DIVERSE LIBRUL MECCA's, and I can't remember feeling particularly put upon by any such mandates.   However, I get what you're saying.  Some people, like my Republican brother in law, feel particularly butt-hurt about diversity mandates, and diversity in general.  Why?  Too much Sean Hannity is my guess, but I also think he's just xenophobic.  He was never exposed to a lot of diversity.

But why bash Republicans/Tea Partiers/Conservatives on this?  Because it's asinine to get upset at the ad in the first place.  America is a melting pot, we have no official language, and Coca-Cola is just out to make a buck.  There are no ulterior motives here, just capitalism plain and simple.  The only thing this ad accomplished is that somewhere in some manila folder in a Coca-Cola marketing exec's office, there's a TPS report filed with ASIAN, HISPANIC, WHITE, AFRICAN AMERICAN, and OTHER all checked off.

They should be upset that the Superb Owl game sucked.  Hard.  Not this stupid ad.
 
2014-02-04 07:49:35 PM  
When I saw this commercial I quickly had two thoughts.  First, I thought this commercial is going to anger many people.  Then my second thought was that Coke must know this but they went ahead with the commercial anyway.  So I think they did this to get the controversy.
 
2014-02-04 07:52:06 PM  

runwiz: When I saw this commercial I quickly had two thoughts.  First, I thought this commercial is going to anger many people.  Then my second thought was that Coke must know this but they went ahead with the commercial anyway.  So I think they did this to get the controversy.


So knowing idiots will react negatively to something you do means that's why you're doing it?  You can't think of any other reasons?
 
2014-02-04 07:52:51 PM  

Bullseyed: Again, very few if any Republicans were upset by the ad. If you check into the original tweets, you'll see they were often Boobiess (fake accounts) and liberals on their own accounts. Then liberals wrote stories about it bashing Republicans, who had nothing to do with it.


Yeah, no.

I checked some of those accounts. Some have been shamed into closing them, some are doubling down on derp. One linked directly to another guy and his best selling trillogy about exterminating the ni*bongs*.

then we have
31.media.tumblr.com
31.media.tumblr.com

I hope in the Q/A section they ask her about diversity in America.

31.media.tumblr.com
Todd Starnes is Sarah Palin's favorite War on Christians writer who is constantly shown to be dishonest.


31.media.tumblr.com
FDFN has shut his FB page, Tom has locked his, but his pictures are still visible with a collection like:
fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net
Jeff's also locked, but his pictures and likes are a mix of pro guns, pro God and anti Obama.
 
2014-02-04 07:52:58 PM  
It's a tough one, but I think Bullseyed is winning the race to be crowned "Biggest Dumbass ITT", beating out Vector R by a few IQ points.  I think Vector R could claw back valuable ground if he manages to make the National Anthem mistake a third time but my money's still on that other cretin.
 
2014-02-04 07:53:58 PM  
I'm curious about something...if someone asked all of these people if they would be willing to donate a bit of their time to help teach someone English I wonder how many of them would do it or if they would reply with something like that the foreigners should have learned it before they came here.
 
2014-02-04 07:55:08 PM  
As a healthcare professional, I hope all this outrage and boycott of coca-cola results in lower weights, sugar levels, lipids levels and healthier individuals.

Who am I kidding? These idiots will just drink Fanta, Sprite, Powerade and Monster.
 
2014-02-04 07:55:55 PM  
que?
 
2014-02-04 07:56:07 PM  
Am I the only one who thought the commercial was just sappy, pandering bullshiat? If anything, I thought it was awful because it tried to use diversity to hit as many groups as possible to sell them soda.
 
2014-02-04 07:56:18 PM  

Vector R: lostcat: scottydoesntknow: Vector R: I do find it somewhat offensive, as other countries aren't forced to be "diverse" by having THEIR national anthems sung in different languages. They have official languages that the natives speak, and we should too.

I hope you're joking, otherwise I'm going to have to favorite you as "farking moron" so I know to avoid your posts in the future.

The farkie I have for him reminds me that he's never ridden on a city bus before, so the comment doesn't surprise me, and I don't think he's joking.

I used to ride back and forth to campus before I got a car, FYI. I still take into the city occasionally because it's easier than parking.

I was just pointing out that you don't see the French national anthem sung in Swahili, and it strikes me as ridiculous that somehow it's okay for our national anthem to be sung in something other than our national language. Say Cherokee all you want, but we won, and now English people are the vast majority in this country. English should be our national language, but for some bass-ackwards reason, it's not okay or "racist" to suggest it. We can have diversity and assimilation at the same time - my ancestors managed to learn English to function in this country, and yet we still maintain some of our culture from our native lands. We didn't demand everyone honor our traditions or speak our language.


Two reasons numbnuts.

1.There aren't a lot of French citizens of Bantu descent.

2. America the Beautiful is not the national anthem of the United States.

Comprende trouduc!
 
2014-02-04 07:57:04 PM  
Racists gonna race.
 
2014-02-04 07:58:02 PM  

Witty_Retort: Russ1642: The vast majority of those tweets were sarcastic.

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Not posting ElJungleCat's


Wow.  I know it's a big shout, but that might be the most concentrated lot of idiocy I've seen so far, and I've seen the politics tab.  It's like a neutron star of stupidity.
 
2014-02-04 07:58:08 PM  

portnoyd: Am I the only one who thought the commercial was just sappy, pandering bullshiat? If anything, I thought it was awful because it tried to use diversity to hit as many groups as possible to sell them soda.


Oh wow, you just discovered the goal of advertising!
 
2014-02-04 07:58:25 PM  
Probably mentioned but didn't the GOP just respond to the SOTU with a spanish language version?
 
2014-02-04 07:59:51 PM  
I love how everyone has fallen for this crap.
 
2014-02-04 08:00:21 PM  
Wait till this Christmas. When the 'baggers are still accusing Coke of being anti-American, and then you see all the adverts of Santa Claus, the Haddon Sunblom version of Santa that was designed for Coke. I'm just waiting for one of them to open their mayonnaise hole to start talking smack about Coca Cola so I can yell "YOU'RE WAGING WAR ON CHRISTMAS!"


And then watch them explode in a shower of sparks & flame as the attempt to fit both rages together overwhelms them.
 
2014-02-04 08:03:05 PM  
I think, regardless of our language, race, nationality, or creed, we can come together to say "that commercial was terrible".
 
2014-02-04 08:04:11 PM  

Witty_Retort: Bullseyed: Again, very few if any Republicans were upset by the ad. If you check into the original tweets, you'll see they were often Boobiess (fake accounts) and liberals on their own accounts. Then liberals wrote stories about it bashing Republicans, who had nothing to do with it.

Yeah, no.

I checked some of those accounts. Some have been shamed into closing them, some are doubling down on derp. One linked directly to another guy and his best selling trillogy about exterminating the ni*bongs*.

then we have
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I hope in the Q/A section they ask her about diversity in America.

[31.media.tumblr.com image 312x274]
Todd Starnes is Sarah Palin's favorite War on Christians writer who is constantly shown to be dishonest.


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FDFN has shut his FB page, Tom has locked his, but his pictures are still visible with a collection like:
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Jeff's also locked, but his pictures and likes are a mix of pro guns, pro God and anti Obama.


Those people don't count. Because patriots.
 
2014-02-04 08:04:30 PM  

spamdog: peacheslatour: Why should not acknowledge it and in fact be proud of it? I know I am.

Good for you! But do you really need to attack people (or maybe just caricatures of people) who don't share your view? People whose culture inculcates them with a fear and suspicion of foreigners or outsiders?

Can you understand that cultural change might make some people feel threatened, no matter how irrational it might seem to you?

Do you think smashing people over the head with it and calling them bigots when they don't see it your way is going to make them more adversarial, or less? Do you really want to further a cultural divide over something as insipid as a Coca Cola ad?



If you're so delicate that you can't handle being called a "bigot", maybe you should consider that before you start going after foreigners for speaking languages other than English.
 
2014-02-04 08:06:09 PM  

TV's Vinnie: Wait till this Christmas. When the 'baggers are still accusing Coke of being anti-American, and then you see all the adverts of Santa Claus, the Haddon Sunblom version of Santa that was designed for Coke. I'm just waiting for one of them to open their mayonnaise hole to start talking smack about Coca Cola so I can yell "YOU'RE WAGING WAR ON CHRISTMAS!"

And then watch them explode in a shower of sparks & flame as the attempt to fit both rages together overwhelms them.


I would imagine it would be more like the scene in Fight Club where the liposuction bag gets caught on the fence...
 
2014-02-04 08:06:16 PM  

TV's Vinnie: then you see all the adverts of Santa Claus, the Haddon Sunblom version of Santa that was designed for Coke.


Wrong. Haddon Sunblom didn't design Santa Claus for Coke; that image existed long before Coke used it in an advert.
 
2014-02-04 08:06:21 PM  
All American Cletus-Boy - I know what's pissing you off.
It's not the commercial. It's the fact that Coke made the commercial, and DOESN'T CARE that you don't like it. Because nobody needs you any more.
Your small, shrinking, aging demographic isn't important anymore - the stupid-ass American hillbilly dollar is one we can all afford to wipe our asses with these days - it's a pretty punk little dollar.
The boss isn't the boss anymore in America - and that pisses the ex-boss off.
Hope you eat your shotgun in rage, and have a nice day! :D
 
2014-02-04 08:07:14 PM  

alex10294: I think, regardless of our language, race, nationality, or creed, we can come together to say "that commercial was terrible".


No, not really.
 
2014-02-04 08:07:17 PM  

mariner314: netweavr: You really thing that argument will work?

"Out of many, one." That "one" is English. They're supposed to come here and learn English.

That kinda derp just writes itself.

I appreciate the message the commercial conveyed. I didn't like the commercial. I've always been in support of a national language.

All 14 people at our Super Bowl party in the great blue King County Seattle were all like, "what the fark is this shiat?".


Really? You got confused because an ad had a bunch of folks singing a song in different languages?


I live in south King County. You're making the rest of us look bad. Given that King County supports at least 16 languages in official documents, and given that residents here speak 118  languages at home, I can't believe that you're doing anything but concern trolling here.

 
2014-02-04 08:07:42 PM  
What they need to say in as many languages as possible is "drinking soda on a regular basis is as deadly as smoking".
 
2014-02-04 08:09:57 PM  
Can we just start Civil War II already and get this shiat over with?

Honestly, I'm convinced both sides would benefit if we just moved all the conservatives down south, moved all the liberals up north, and drew a line that separated us into two separate nations. Let the hateful coonts have a whole country of their own to fark up. The north would be better off without the red states sucking at the teat and not giving back as much as they take. The south would be better off without having to accept things like diversity, progress, or religious freedom. They can gnash their teeth, ban everything they're afraid of, and hate to their heart's content.

Seriously, I'm sick of this push by some people to move the country BACKWARDS, to the "good old days" of segregation, xenophobia, compelled religious affiliations, and that obnoxious, stupid might-makes-right and greed-is-good thinking.

I'm serious. We're so ideologically different that we're really not getting ANY benefit from living together under the same flag anymore. Hell, most of the far-right assholes have already adopted the "Don't Tread On Me" as their national flag.
 
2014-02-04 08:09:58 PM  

uber humper: What they need to say in as many languages as possible is "drinking soda on a regular basis is as deadly as smoking".


Why would they lie?
 
2014-02-04 08:10:56 PM  

alex10294: I think, regardless of our language, race, nationality, or creed, we can come together to say "that commercial was terrible".


Well, sure - like the other poster said - how do you make a "good" commercial for a product like Coke?
It's not only a product of purely ephemeral value, but it's an old, stuffy, "sacred" brand with all kinds of taboos surrounding it, like Disney. It's going to be a snooze-fest from the get-go.
 
2014-02-04 08:14:05 PM  
I need to stop using some variation of "seriously" to start sentences when I'm in a peeved mood. Seriously.
 
2014-02-04 08:14:53 PM  

uber humper: What they need to say in as many languages as possible is "drinking soda on a regular basis is as deadly as smoking".


As long as you don't have to inhale my second-hand cola fizz, I think it's a bit better.
 
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