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Coke's Wild Assertion That Other Languages Exist Stirs Controversy -- Andy Borowitz

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The Coca-Cola Company ignited a firestorm of controversy on Sunday with a Super Bowl ad that appeared to make the inflammatory claim that other languages besides English exist.**** HUMOR***

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Kit B (276)
Tuesday February 4, 2014, 11:06 am
Photo Credit: The New Yorker Magazine

ATLANTA (The Borowitz Report)—The Coca-Cola Company ignited a firestorm of controversy on Sunday with a Super Bowl ad that appeared to make the inflammatory claim that other languages besides English exist.

From coast to coast, viewers reacted with outrage and horror to what many were calling the most incendiary Super Bowl ad in history.

“I was enjoying the Super Bowl with my family, and suddenly, out of nowhere, comes this ad suggesting that there are other languages that aren’t English,” said Carol Foyler, a mother of three from Akron, Ohio. “I grabbed the remote and turned it off. My kids shouldn’t be exposed to garbage that’s just going to confuse them.”

The Alliance for Responsible Advertising, a conservative watchdog group that monitors advertising it considers offensive and unfit for family viewing, issued a statement demanding that Coke apologize for the controversial ad and promise never to air it again.

“Last night, Coke assaulted millions of Americans with its misguided and inappropriate view that other languages exist,” the statement said. “In the future, we strongly hope that Coke will keep its crazy theories to itself.”
*****HUMOR ***** SATIRE*****

By: Andy Borowitz | The New Yorker Magazine |

**If by some chance you have not seen the Coke commercial:

Kit B (276)
Tuesday February 4, 2014, 11:10 am

Katharine Lee Bates (August 12, 1859 – March 28, 1929) was an American songwriter. She is remembered as the author of the words to the anthem "America the Beautiful". Bates was born in Falmouth, Massachusetts, the daughter of Congregational pastor William Bates and his wife, Cornelia Frances Lee. She graduated from Wellesley High School in 1874 and from Wellesley College with a B.A. in 1880. She taught at Natick High School during 1880–81 and at Dana High School from 1885 until 1889. She returned to Wellesley as an instructor, then an associate professor 1891–93 when she was awarded an M.A. and became full professor of English literature. Bates lived in Wellesley with Katharine Coman, who was a history and political economy teacher and founder of the Wellesley College school Economics department. The pair lived together for twenty-five years until Coman's death in 1915. (wiki)

Just a little about the author of the lyrics to this song.

Mary T (358)
Tuesday February 4, 2014, 12:59 pm
Thank you Kit for the article. loved the commercial, cried and was very happy to hear the other languages. English is a second language for me, spoke Korean to my mother and relatives until I was forced by my 3rd grade teacher to only speak English

Kit B (276)
Tuesday February 4, 2014, 2:07 pm

This country is a nation of immigrants, we all even the Native Americans came from other shores. My grand parents had to learn English as did 99% of those who came here at the beginning of the 20th century and all that came before them. I think these people just like getting themselves worked about things. That may well be the best rendition of the America, The Beautiful I have ever heard.

I think Andy handled this with exactly the right touch.

Terry King (113)
Tuesday February 4, 2014, 2:28 pm
I also came away with the vague, uneasy notion that there may also be other cultural practices as well. Perish the thought.

Lois Jordan (63)
Tuesday February 4, 2014, 6:05 pm
I love Andy's sarcasm about the lack of education in America....too true! Funny....and sad. Thanks, Kit.

JL A (281)
Tuesday February 4, 2014, 7:18 pm
Gracias mi amiga! Needed this dose of AB as much as Americans need to become more bilingual and multilingual in order to excel in this global economy--including all those aiming for corporate positions.

Arielle S (313)
Wednesday February 5, 2014, 7:54 am
And Andy scores once again! Ignoramuses - 0, Andy - 123,405,594!

Kathy B (106)
Wednesday February 5, 2014, 12:40 pm
Do the uninformed idiots not know that Coke is sold world wide?

Kit B (276)
Wednesday February 5, 2014, 1:01 pm

But....but, but....Kathy they and sang one of our anthems (do we have more than one) in another language. I can tell you that Facebook was a scream, people were losing their minds over this infringement of "rights". Though they never really got down to just what rights were infringed.

Kristen belue (0)
Wednesday February 5, 2014, 1:36 pm
thanks for the post

Robert B (60)
Wednesday February 5, 2014, 1:44 pm
There is an ignorant, closed minded element in this country that seems to think that this country (which was stolen from the Native people) belongs to only the extreme nutter right wing. Diversity in culture is what enriches our lives.

Birgit W (160)
Wednesday February 5, 2014, 4:12 pm
Noted, thanks.

marie C (163)
Wednesday February 5, 2014, 5:27 pm
Noted thanks Kit

Vallee R (280)
Wednesday February 5, 2014, 6:32 pm
They were here before us!

kate z (10)
Thursday February 6, 2014, 5:10 am
I'm stunned over the reaction to this! Why are people so full of hatred?
The ad actually brought tears to my eyes - I don't even like Coke, but Kudos to them for this commercial.

Lona G (79)
Thursday February 6, 2014, 5:21 am
Thanks Kit, Andy was hilariously spot-on as usual. I think this is blown completely out of proportion by the Right to draw some attention to themselves. They've been rather quiet lately, haven't they, with all these scandals going on in their corner.

Terry King (113)
Thursday February 6, 2014, 5:24 am
You have absolutely and completely missed the point. Please note the Humor Satire notification at the bottom of the article. Even if you are unfamiliar with A.B. you should have seen that.

Shan D (49)
Thursday February 6, 2014, 9:29 am
Humor or not, there *are* some people who flip out if they hear a few words of something not-English. These people would die of apoplexy if they could see/hear a Canadian Remembrance Day ceremony. We use THREE languages for that.

Bryan S (105)
Thursday February 6, 2014, 10:58 am
Wow, i guess everyone should have known that nutters would be enraged at this commercial. Imagine the tiny fearful mind that would be offended. Here is one of the comments i found from a quick glance at youtube, though it definitely (and thankfully) represents a small minority of comments there:

"This is the End of America, we should get our country back, this commercial is as anti-American, anti-White and anti-Christian. There are some good Black Americans like Allen West who were disgusted with this Commercial."

Pat B (356)
Thursday February 6, 2014, 12:57 pm
I read this from Andy this morning from my incoming emails, and almost choked on drinking my coffee laughing.!!! He is so 'on target' with this. LOVED the commercial, I thought that it was beautiful singing in other languages. I did not know the history of the author of "America the Beautiful". 'Right on, Ms. Bates'.!!!
Great post, Kit, thanks so much.

Winnie A (179)
Friday February 7, 2014, 12:23 pm
That's the best rendition of America the Beautiful BECAUSE it had different languages. Not every person's relatives who immigrated to America spoke English! Good Grief, open your minds and realize there are way more things we have in common than not. So we speak different languages. Perhaps we could learn someone else's language as a bridge to get to know one another. What a concept!
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