Tea Party Rep. Allen West Offended By Multicultural Coca-Cola Super Bowl Ad
Tea Party Rep. Allen West has sparked controversy with his latest comments about a Coca-Cola ad aired during the Super Bowl last night, The ad featured “America the Beautiful” being sung in different languages, which apparently offended the Republican politician from Florida because “the words went from English to languages I didn’t recognize.” Since being posted to YouTube last night, the video has already received more than one million views in less than 24 hours.
West took to his blog and quoted Teddy Roosevelt, who wanted immigrants to learn English within five years of entering the U.S. “Coca Cola missed the mark in my opinion. If we cannot be proud enough as a country to sing “America the Beautiful” in English in a commercial during the Super Bowl, by a company as American as they come — doggone we are on the road to perdition,” he wrote. “This was a truly disturbing commercial for me.”
After being slammed for his comments, he tweeted earlier this morning: “Guess we touched a nerve with America the Balkanized.” West not only refused to apologize for his comments, but took them further by offering suggestions to Coca-Cola about how they should have shot the commercial. “Coke’s ‘America the Beautiful’ should have been sung in English and showed Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen of diverse races, sex, and creed deployed all over the world drinking Coca Cola,” he wrote. “That would have been rated the best commercial advertisement of the Super Bowl. And we would be here talking about how we were all touched emotionally.”
However, West wasn’t the only person to express anger over the Super Bowl ad. Many people have since taken to Twitter and declared their own personal boycotts of Coca-Cola after the commercial.