During the Super Bowl, Coca-Cola launched a new commercial titled “It’s Beautiful.” It featured the song “America the Beautiful,” but the twist was that it was sung in other languages -- not just English.
This ad sparked a lot of controversy on all social media sites the following week. There was almost an uprising against the global soda company. Now, it's been over a week since the commercial aired, and people are still talking about it.
Well, I have a question for all of those who object to Coca-Cola's decision to feature the singing of "America the Beautiful" in different languages: What does an American look like? Does your answer include blonde hair and blue-eyed individuals? If so, you are deeply wrong. Take a look around you: not all Americans have those characteristics. Americans are diverse. African-AMERICANS, Mexican-AMERICANS and Asian-AMERICANS -- it doesn't matter. We are still all AMERICANS.
The U.S. does not have a set language either. Yes, many people speak and know English, but many people also speak and know Spanish, Tagalog and French as well.
The fact that so many people are outraged because they don’t see the diversity within America is astonishing and quite laughable. America is filled with many cultures, ethnicities and races.
I am thankful to Coca-Cola for reminding everyone that many different types of people call America home. This country's diversity is what truly makes it beautiful. Without these different cultures, skin colors and backgrounds, America would not be half of what it is today.
And for the record: I am Blanca Palacios, of Guatemalan decent, and I am an American.
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