It’s 2014. We’ve put men on the moon and I can video chat friends in other countries and poor vision can be healed via a laser eye procedure, but bigotry is still a thing. I can ORDER A PIZZA on the internet and have it delivered to me, but racism still pervades through our culture. And unfortunately, thanks to social media, it is so accessible to all of us. This commercial aired last night.
People went nuts, and in a not good way. Xenophobia is alive and well, as evidenced by the YouTube #cokesucks and #boycottcoke hashtags on Twitter. (UGH PEOPLE SINGING OUR NATIONAL ANTHEM IN OTHER LANGUAGES! Psst. America the Beautiful isn’t the national anthem.)
Add to that the outrage over last year’s and this year’s Cheerios commercials featuring an interracial couple. (I mean go ahead and boycott those brands just because you just hate Coke and Cheerios, but for this? Really?) On top of that, the outcry when Indian-American Nina Davuluri won the Miss America title last fall.
…and I am just like.. *makes motions around hair* *brain explosion noises*
I was twelve or so, sitting at my classmate’s kitchen table, and her mom explained to me, “Oh, honey, it’s not that we don’t like people that aren’t white. We love people of all races. We just think people should marry within those races.” Hey, heads up. 1) Don’t say that to a kid. 2) Don’t say that to a kid of mixed ethnicity. 3) Don’t say that.
This was in the 90s. Not the 1890s. The 1990s. O__O And this opinion is still not unpopular. Just ask Tamara Mowry.
In conclusion, great nation that I love, if you’re angry about the Coca-Cola ad, seriously. Evolve.