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    Discussion in 'Debate Room' started by JJ_Maxx, Feb 3, 2014.

    So, with the Superbowl yesterday, the Coca-Cola company seemed to stir controversy with its ad that showed America's diversity and featured Americans singing 'America The Beautiful' in their native languages.

    See the Ad on Youtube

    It appears people are upset and feel that the song should only be sung in English.

    People took to social media, including Coca-Cola's Facebook:

    "Speak English or go home," said one commenter on the page. Another commented, "Screwed up a beautiful song. No Coke for my family."

    So what do you think? America was founded as a melting pot, but what if people aren't melting anymore?
     
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    Those people are idiots. It reminds me of the whole thing with the Miss America pageant. It also reminds me of a joke I once heard. What do you call a person who speaks three languages? Trilingual. Two languages? Bilingual. One language? An American. :p
     
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    Geez, people, America has been a mix of languages since it was founded.
     
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    Unfortunately, it is. We have a way of staring in the very porn we deplore, as a culture if not as individuals.

    Sincerely,
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    As I said, America has always been a melting pot, but what if people choose to create a 'pocket-nation' within the US? It's not just language, but culture as well. I'm not saying I agree with these folks, but I think we need to be able to talk about the issue, if there is one.
     
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    But there always have been "pocket-nations". In the 1900's, immigrants from the same country would live close by, share recipes and other aspects of culture, and would talk in their native language.
     
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    Keeping your culture and language is possible while still learning how to interact with the country and culture you call home. They are not mutually exclusive.
     
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    My point is that it's always been happening, not just here, but all over the world, in all times.
     
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    I have no problem with people keeping their language and heritage. None at all...but if someone is going to move to the U.S., not just visit but actually move here, I don't think everyone should become accommodating to them at the expense of the country. No one was forcing them to come here, it was a choice, and therefore they must have already known work was going to be involved in assimilating as a citizen.
     
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    I agree with this in whole, but I'm not sure exactly what about Coke's commercial denotes or supports "pocket nations". That seems a slippery slope to me.
     
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    I agree that people from all over the world have been immigrating here, but I would need to see some data before I say that they ignore the language and culture of the US. When my relatives arrived here from Poland they learned English, so they could take advantage of the opportunities here. I don't know I just know that we need to be able to communicate for our country to operate smoothly and not knowing English closes many avenues of opportunity.
     
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    Judging from the comments, it appears that most of the people upset with the commercial feel that Coke is saying 'It's okay is you're American and you don't speak English.' The commercial doesn't say this, but I think it's merely a rallying cry for people of the persuasion.
     
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    Well Coke comes in cans...which comes in packs...you just aren't looking deep enough!
     
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    You're contradicting yourself. This is the face a few idiots choose to show to the world, and you're extending it to represent the entire population.

    That's called prejudice, son.
     
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    I still speak my native language and can't wait for the rest of the United States to learn Navajo too.
     
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    Really? Really? Dude, it's a commercial, produced only for you to want to buy Coke. Not pushing any political agenda.

    There was also a gay family featured, which some people got upset about, and I don't see how anyone can get upset about it.

    Yep, gays, immigrants, and gay immigrants are the biggest problems as a threat to families. Not abuse or infidelity or anything like that. :rolleyes: No, it's the spanish speakers and gay families.

    Some people are idiots.
     
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    You forgot Vegans. How can you trust people that won't eat bacon?
     
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    I've never heard of vegan-hate. But I think part of that comes from the stereotype that all vegans are snobs towards people who eat meat. I don't know very many vegans, but I don't think that's true.
     
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    Ok then how about the 1%ers? You need to learn to hate more people.

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    It's a minority of idiots, but we live in a society where somehow trolling Twitter becomes newsworthy.

    It was a nice ad.
     
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