Patriotic Outrage Over Coke’s “America The Beautiful” Is Ironic And IgnorantSubmitted by McWilly on Tue, 02/04/2014 - 13:12
The outrage by certain portions of the population after Coke aired its “America the Beautiful” ad during the Super Bowl has left me fuming. Not only is there a river of unintentional irony surrounding the “Patriots” that are upset by the spot, but a deep lake of ignorance that has driven the conversation.
The ad can be viewed below, but to sum it up, “America the Beautiful” is sung by a multitude of races in a multitude of languages. This has fanned the flames of nationalistic fury in those who are both ignorant of history and the grander significance of those in other cultures/nations singing this song from a geopolitical perspective.
Pretty much everyone knows that America was never populated by a white majority anytime prior to the colonization by England. After the colonies, states and then country were established, immigration fueled the growth of this nation, and in many ways still does today. What problem could there possibly be with someone from another nation (who has either migrated here, or has dreams of migrating here) singing “America the Beautiful” in their native language? English isn’t the official language of the United States – we have no official language as a country. That is a first, simple, obvious point.
The second point, that not many people will necessarily bring up or think about, is that America’s dominance on a global scale is split between its military power, economic power (based on the influence of the dollar as the reserve currency) and the cultural impact America has had on other nations.