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    I was disgusted by the commercial. What made America into a great nation, "The Great Melting Pot," was that peoples of many nations joined together to make a new society that was a combination of all their languages and traditions. Today's immigrants want to take,(STEAL in the case of illegal immigrants), the benefits of our nation, but keep all of their foreign languages and traditions while expecting the rest of us to adapt to them and their ways instead of them adapting to ours. I am sick and tired of having to "Push 1 for English" in my own country.
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    Red yellow black white and brown singing in English would have been a better call. Welcome everyone. Now assimilate.
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    @drpeeper I totally agree. I welcome all those who immigrate here legally, but don't expect us to change our nation to suit you. If you love you old country so much, WTF did you move here?
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    Hmmmm...if the national anthem of another country is sung in English...is it really the National Anthem?

    For example...if the national anthem of the Islamic Republic of Iran is sung in English instead of Persian, does it carry the same meaning?

    Then there is the argument that music is "art"...and that the language in which the artist created his art is sacred to the purity of the art.

    Can one change the language and stay true to the creation?

    Thoughts?
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    @AntiPorcheria This is BIZARRE to me. I learned English as a new legal immigrant to the USA in the 1960s. I would say- and remember, my 2nd language was English!- it is JUST ABOUT IMPOSSIBLE to take any patriotic song- especially The Star Spangled Banner, which is already clunky enough as it is and most people don't fully know- and translate it from English into another language and still retain THE SENSE, THE RHYMES, THE METER of that song. It is just much simpler to learn the song in English. Many GIs, Marines, Sailors, Air Force members will tell you that foreigners, in foreign lands do it ALL THE TIME, without knowing what the heck they're singing about most of the time. This is TOTALLY contrived my the Madison Avenue ad agency that pitched this ad. I don't know of anyone who would do this. It's totally insane. It's hard enough to translate what people are saying from one language to another, imagine a two hundred plus year old song in often outdated English into a contemporary foreign language. Idiotic. People shouldn't get offended. It's the usual smoke and mirrors that advertising agencies engage in, but designed to make people REMEMBER THE PRODUCT, any way they can. It's a nasty thing to do at immigrants' expense! Capitals for emphasis.
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    Actually it infuriated Americans.@lisafine Tell me...when your family came here from wherever..... think they were taught this song in English or their native tongue?

    Red yellow black white and brown singing in English would have been a better call. Welcome everyone. Now assimilate.
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    @AntiPorcheria - You might want to get your facts straight first. It wasn't our National Anthem... our National Anthem is The Star Spangled Banner. Before you get all bent out of shape over having to face that we're a Nation made up of people from many different countries and religions, you should realize that they don't have to give up speaking or singing in their language just because they've learned English as well when they moved here... just as we wouldn't have to if we moved to another country..
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    Pulling people's heartstrings to persuade them to purchase a product shown to have adverse affects on health, produced by a company who's actively campaigned against GMO labeling? I don't like it.
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    I saw the Budweiser ad with the lab pup and my face hurt. I don't drink beer but I love horses and soooooo wanted that dog ;0)
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    Great point...just more junk food that we don't need anyway. Who cares if we can understand the words in this case.
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    I don't drink Coke but it is an international company and the Super Bowl is shown through out the word so it just makes good marketing sense to have them sing in several different languages. I believe they did the same thing about 35 years ago with the Coke "I would like to teach the world to sing" commercial, but no one seemed to care at that time.
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    @happyhedon I've been waiting this whole thread for someone to bring that up. It's nothing new and coke did the same thing three decades ago.
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    It was OK - I wasn't blown away by most of them this year. And I just love it, only CONSERVATIVES according to this article found it a little off. Strange to hear the runner up American Anthem sung in 5 or 6 different languages, silly me, I thought all those people coming to America, legally and illegally, wanted to be AMERICANS! That includes speaking English for all intents and purposes. If I emigrated to France, I'd speak French - no continue to try to do my daily business in English. That's just rude.
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    @Tralee @AtsilaKamama This was a stupid stunt by an ad agency. I grew up in NYC, myself a foreign legal immigrant and surrounded by legal immigrants from India, Czechoslovakia, Iran, Armenia, Egypt, Italy (from Italy Italians), Israel, etc. They were my friends. Not one or their families did this. It's NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE to translate anyone's national anthem into another language and have it have the same rhyme, cadence, meter, etc. and still make it make sense. English and German are languages in which things can be said in few words. Other languages require much more explanation. Like I said, it was a STUPID stunt by an ad agency designed to do exactly what is happening: Get people excited/riled up and talking about it. The purpose of every ad is to be remembered. Think about it. "Promote Fear, Greed, Vanity" and with this stupid ad(s) anger for good measure, lol
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    @Cincinnatus Oh come on, you are intelligent enough to know that America the Beautiful is the "second" or "alternative" National Anthem of America because it is not as hard to sing (range wise) as the Star Spangled Banner. Give me a break here, you seem to be looking for an argument, I'm not buying this one.
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    @Cincinnatus
    I don't know Cincy. Four of the five said the were blocked in "my" country. I'll keep trying. Prolly a server issue:-).
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    Last I checked the ONLY people that are not immigrants to our country are Native Americans who def didn't speak English. Wonder what they think?
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    I thought they immigrated here from Siberia 12,000 years ago across the Bering Strait? WITHOUT the proper ice age paperwork too. ;)
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    There are multiple theories on where modern-day Homo sapiens arose. None of which say they originated in the Americas.

    Assuming you pick the theory that says we arose from Africa, we're all African-Americans. Including the "Native Americans."

    Disclaimer: Your theory may vary.
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    @Cincinnatus No...inclusiveness would have been if they all sang it in English with the accents of their native tongues. It would have been heartwarming for all and hearken back to the days when our immigration was a melting pot, and one of assimilation into the unique American culture.

    Now we have the idiocy of the mosaic model of immigration, where assimilation only gets lips service from the progressives. In the progressive mind, they are showing their tolerance of the foreign born immigrants culture, which to them, is more important than doing what is best in the long run. A tolerance in most cases which renders immigrant groups to generational poverty because they have not mastered the language skills to access the bounty of opportunity that this country still offers. Yet I will be the one who will be criticized as being the racist, xenophobe.

    The progressive idea of "press 1 for English" is like parents who want their kids to like them and try to act cool and be BFF's. The conservative idea is that you make demands and expectations of what is expected and what is right. You offer English classes to help the newcomers assimilate, but you don't make it so easy for the immigrants that they are not motivated to learn the language.
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    @Poltal
    Correct. The very concept of "white guilt" is an invention of white supremacists. It's a thinly-veiled way of calling non-racist whites "race traitors".
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    Well I love coke, and America, but that commercial wasn't super bowl worthy. But I don't think it was a reason to get upset about
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    Anyone who has a problem with this ad is an idiot. We should be celebrating our diversity, it's part of what makes this country so great. Unfortunently some numbskulls have so much hate in them, they get mad at a soda commercial....
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    A more accurate headline would be "A beautiful Super Bowl ad that infuriated a couple conservatives" - I don't get why was I supposed to be infuriated. If they really wanted to annoy conservatives, how about showing people singing the song while crawling through a tunnel from Juarez?
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    I agree. The society in the book was a libertarian thought experiment, but the movie changed it to Fascism. On the other hand, when I try to get into liberals' heads and try to imagine what they think empowering regular people would look like, it looks like the Bug attack scenes. Or the attack scenes from Zulu, maybe.
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    I am a RIGHTWING CONSERVATIVE.
    Nothing in this ad upset me except the response from short minded people.
    It is high respect to take anything, not change it, but speak of it or sing of it in a language that you identify with.
    Most of us can trace our own roots back to people who came here to "escape" something. They came here not to change the USA but to be AMERICAN.. most didn't give up their native tongue for decades if ever.
    Church services continued in German, until that produced hysteria from those who didn't speak German. People were killed in this country for speaking German because they MIGHT be plotting against the USA...
    They weren't they were sending their sons into battle with what had been their motherland. They, like these people were standing not only as Americans but defending it and fighting against the evils in what was once their ancestral homes.
    I am not lover of those who come here to CHANGE our country. But this ad denoted no such disrespect.
    The words were not changed.
    The USA is BEAUTIFUL, BLESSED and will THRIVE because of Legal immigration because these people BELIEVE in the AMERICAN DREAM.. they're ready to fight for it, die for it and SING ITS PRAISES. They're joining us to ask GOD to BLESS IT.
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    I actually kinda liked it.....true conservative values embraces everyone.....for WHO they are not for what they are.....progressive liberals deny people for who they are and try divide us all by what we are or aren't.....
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    I actually thought it was a beautiful promotion of American ideals. We have always had a difficult time accepting our existence as a cultural melting pot.
  • #361
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    Really? because the people that are complaining on this thread about this are known to be conservatives on this forum. Not the liberals.

    I thought it was a good commercial. Its just saying that America has all different kinds of people. Not to mention Coco cola is a famous brand name around the world. Why wouldn't you somehow represent them in ur commercial? It takes out favoritism.
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    A lot of the commenters here seem to think the song was our National Anthem.. It wasn't our National Anthem... our National Anthem is The Star Spangled Banner. Before anyone gets all bent out of shape over having to face that we're a Nation made up of people from many different countries and religions, they should realize that immigrants don't have to give up speaking or singing in their language just because they've learned English as well when they moved here... just as we wouldn't have to if we moved to another country..
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    just as a point of order 'America' (the beautiful) and 'My Country 'Tis of Thee' have long been recognized as 'unofficial' national anthems. The music to 'Star Spangled Banner' was borrowed from England just like 'My Country 'Tis of Thee'. Only 'America the Beautiful is TRULY an 'American Anthem' since both the words and the music were composed in the USA (adapted from a poem). Also that 'Gary Owen' song that is played so much on Custer movies, that also came from England. It's a tavern song.
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    I think the commercial would have been more effective had the kids, in their native dress, stood shoulder to shoulder and sang America the Beautiful together in English. Isn't it time we returned to promoting unity in this country instead of our differences?
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    the unity aspect was the song. They intend to unite different races, along with their differing languages, under Old Glory.
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    @O_S_Thomas I still think the kids in their native dress singing in English would have been a real tear jerker. Fact is diversity without unity is worthless. Diversity alone solves nothing.
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    @Realthinker IT DID HAVE UNITY! WAS THAT OR WAS THAT NOT THE SAME DAMN SONG WITH THE SAME DAMN TUNE AND THE SAME DAMN TRANSLATED LYRICS?!!!!
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    The ad reflected the diversity of America. If we want to hide behind the idea that, "This is America, speak English," to cover our xenophobia, we fail to remember what makes this country truly unique. I thought it was fascinating and uplifting.
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    Correct.... Because as we all know, when this song was taught to immigrants coming here- they taught it to them in their native tongue- not English.

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    The Commercial was celebrating the fact that the U.S. is a nation of immigrants ......like the statue of liberty says:

    Give me your tired, your poor,
    Your huddled masses, yearning to breath free,
    The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
    Send these, the homeless, tempest tost to me,
    I lift my lamp beside the golden door.

    The U.S. is rather unique in the world in that we have China towns and little Italies and Korea towns....and groups of Russians and Ukrainians, etc. etc. and such all over the country and that we have many cultures and many languages here. That has made us strong and it continues to make us stronger. The commercial was simply celebrating one of the things that makes America great and yet I knew as soon as I saw it that all you conservatives would be whining about it.
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    @NolanVoyd I knew as soon as it was on that libs would cheer for it....... not understanding. It's called a melting pot for a reason. You are American first- not making America bend to your culture.

    Let's see white black Hispanic shot tall young old...... they understood it 40 yrs ago...

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    Melting is a process....it does not happen the day someone immigrates to the U.S......there have always been little Italys, German Towns, China towns, etc......and there have always been people like you whining about how the immigrants "won't" learn English and such.....but eventually they do.....the second generation is usually bilingual and the third usually only speaks English.....the pattern is no different now than it always has been.
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    @drpeeper The same "patriotic" Americans go to France or Germany or Japan and get pissed they can't find anybody who speaks English.
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  • #325
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    Just one slippery slope step at a time. Fifty years from now the America of our ancestors will be no more. No freedom to the people, only freedom to the minorities with Government control. Those who actually work & who speak English will be the new minority & you can bet your life our nation will be broke.
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    i downed my first coke about 65 years ago in bert smith`s general store in fallsburg ky. I drink my last one last evening.just saying. Teddy Ray: fallsburg KY.
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