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Stephen Colbert Flips Out Over Coca-Cola's Super Bowl Ad Celebrating Diversity: VIDEO


Stephen Colbert is, of course, furious about Coca-Cola's multi-lingual Super Bowl ad which celebrated America's diversity and also featured a gay couple (and America the Beautiful, which was written by a lesbian):

"For pete's sake, since when are gays allowed to gay up 'America the Beautiful'? I mean, if the woman who wrote the song Katharine Lee Bates saw this ad she would be disgusted and so would her life partner Katharine Coman who lived with her for 25 years in what was then referred to as a Boston marriage."


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  1. brilliant ...

    Posted by: mymy | Feb 4, 2014 9:18:29 AM

  2. Love it. Good takedown of Allen West.

    Posted by: Lymis | Feb 4, 2014 9:40:40 AM

  3. If that man were any funner, he would be against the law.

    Posted by: Ken | Feb 4, 2014 9:56:44 AM

  4. a lesbian wrote america the beautiful.
    and a gay jew wrote the music rick perry chose for the pro-christian, anti-gay commercial where he wore the brokeback mountain jacket.
    and gay men have written almost all the disney movie tunes of the past 25 years.
    gee, real americans, where would you be without us?

    Posted by: woody | Feb 4, 2014 12:00:26 PM

  5. I know people these days get so hysterical so easily and love to throw out words like "racism" every 5 seconds, but I'm of the mindset that English is a UNIFYING language and speaking one, common language actually helps us. Having "separate but equal" languages just keeps communities separate. People just stay in their own little world, and we're no longer a "melting pot", but very separate and distinct groups. If we ALL strive to speak one common language, it'll only helps us all. But, unfortunately, if that language is English, we're all deemed racists. I really weep for the future of this country...

    Posted by: jazzy | Feb 4, 2014 12:37:42 PM

  6. and i would remind all those illiterates who tweeted they want the national anthem to be sung only in english american the beautiful is not our national anthem

    Posted by: walter | Feb 4, 2014 12:52:44 PM

  7. new languages made that tired old song sound fresh again

    Posted by: Glenn I | Feb 4, 2014 1:30:58 PM

  8. English is a de facto common language in the US, but we have no official language. While it is necessary to speak English in order to enjoy the full experience of living in the US, there are many places, within the US, where other languages are spoken at home. One such place that we have long celebrated is New Orleans, but there are many, many others.

    Posted by: Paul Boat | Feb 4, 2014 2:07:15 PM

  9. Jazzy:

    The problem is that the Coke commercial was never arguing that there shouldn't be a unifying language. The real point of the ad (besides selling Coke) was to paint America as a country where people of so many nationalities, cultures, and languages can come together with a common national identity.

    People who saw that and assumed Coke was implying that no one should strive to learn English were projecting. A lot.

    Posted by: jerriblank | Feb 4, 2014 2:47:36 PM

  10. @Jazzy:

    exactly how many languages are you fluent in?
    Pope Benedict spoke 7; Francis, 6 but prefers spanish he has a listening comprehension of English.

    you're a true unifier, jazzy, if that means being myopic (oops, that LATIN for nearsightedness)..

    Posted by: my2cents | Feb 4, 2014 10:06:29 PM

  11. As always, Colbert uses humor to show what fools the wingnuts on the Right are.

    Posted by: andrew | Feb 4, 2014 10:11:04 PM

  12. I hope the OP realizes that Colbert is a satirist...
    It's not immediately obvious from this post.

    Posted by: ToTripoli | Feb 6, 2014 5:01:20 PM

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