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Some Citizens Are Missing Out on the True Beauty of America

Coca-Cola’s Super Bowl commercial “America the Beautiful” moves some to tears, others to anger on social media. 

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Coke’s one-minute ad called “It’s Beautiful” is a tribute showcasing the country’s incredible diversity by including “America the Beautiful” in seven different languages (English, Spanish, Mandarin, Tagalog, Hebrew, Arabic, Hindi, Senegalese-French and Keres – a Native American dialect).

This commercial celebrates that despite the many different cultures, religions and languages that make up our country, together we are one.

In a minute, Coca-Cola journeys the United States showing relationships of different people from different backgrounds. Whether they were young, old, white, brown, Jewish, Muslim, straight or homosexual, they were all Americans.

Nine different girls of different ethnicities sang this commercial beautifully.

Seeing all the different people in the commercial was inspirational and moving.

This commercial was supposed to showcase how diverse America really is. Sadly, it brought out an ugly side of America as well.

After the commercial ended the Internet exploded with both praise and backlash toward the ad.

The negative comments of course did not shock me, but saddened me. The ignorance in the U.S. is still prevalent and always will be.

After the Super Bowl, racist and xenophobic protesters overthrew social media sites.

Twitter was bombarded with numerous tweets like “@CocaCola has America the Beautiful being sung in different languages in a #SuperBowl commercial? We speak ENGLISH here, IDIOTS.”

AR-15 ‏@AlexRautio: “I will not be buying another Coke after seeing their Super Bowl commercial. #Shame”

Luckily, there were also many citizens who did understand this commercial and praised Coke for it.

Luis A. Miranda, Jr. ‏@Vegalteno: “Coke commercial #AmericatheBeautiful in many languages is inspiring and applauds our diversity.”

Ashley Karlsson, @AshleyKarlsson: “Thanks@CocaCola for reminding us that we are beautiful because of and not in spite of our linguistic diversity.#AmericaIsBeautiful”

While 80 percent of the U.S. does speak English, the U.S. actually does not have an official language.

There are approximately 337 other different languages spoken in the U.S.

The U.S. has always been a place where other people from around the world come to live and experience freedom.

When others come to our country we do not erase their different cultures or languages but take them in and share them.

That is why America is a melting pot full of different cultures, religions and languages all in one.

Yes, our forefathers were mostly Westerns but Native American, Latin American, African, Asian and Polynesian cultures also influenced our nation.

They did not throw away these cultures, but took them in and made them a part of their lives as well.

Coke breaks away from stereotypes and does something brave but also real.

This is Coke’s message, to celebrate what makes us U.S. citizens unique and that’s diversity. It was beautiful.

It was more than a “buy Coke” commercial, but to also show us an appreciation of the people who make up this great country.

In the end, this commercial should have never been labeled as controversial. It’s just ignorant Americans blowing things out of proportion.

In my opinion, this was the best commercial of the Super Bowl this year. I hope over time people will see the true beauty in this commercial and our country.

I am proud to be an American and I am proud for this commercial. God bless America and God bless Coca-Cola for showing us the true beauty of diversity.

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Ryan Arnold

Ryan Arnold

Ryan Arnold is Arts & Entertainment Editor for MBU Timeline, as well as Web Administrator for the site. He is majoring in broadcast media and minoring in religion at Missouri Baptist University. Arnold runs cross-country and track and field at MBU. Arnold has always had a passion for film and likes to shoot and edit film. Arnold wants to have a career in video production after college. In his spare time, Arnold also runs his own blog, "Arnold At The Movies." Checkout all of my reviews at http://ryanarnoldreviews.weebly.com/

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