February 4, 2014

The Colbert Report's Stephen Colbert ridiculed the wingnuts and their little meltdown over the Super Bowl Coca Cola ad, where heaven forbid, America the Beautiful was performed in a number of different languages.

Colbert got a few shots in at the Broncos for the rout this Sunday before moving onto the insanity over the ad.

COLBERT: But, really only one commercial mattered; a truly nutty ad... that drove the country nuts. I'm talking of course about Coca Cola. Their commercial certainly got my fellow conservatives' blood bubbling.

Colbert hadn't actually watched the ad, but needless to say, didn't exactly have a good reaction to it after they played part of it for him in studio.

COLBERT: They were singing America the Beautiful in foreign talk! I mean come on! Only English can give that song its certain je ne sais quoi. And folks, and the last thing I want to be is a prima donna here, but I am full of schadenfreude over this!

And I'm not the only one that's outraged. Ex-Congressman and former employable person Allen West, anger blogged, “It started rather patriotically with the words of 'America the Beautiful.' Then the words went from English to languages I didn’t recognize.”

This man once represented Florida and then served in Iraq. How is he supposed to recognize Spanish and Arabic? And, the web site, the Breitbart.ca's Michael Leahy, truly captured why we're so angry, saying that “The company used such an iconic song, one often sung in churches on the 4th of July that represents the old 'E Pluribus Unum' view of how American society is integrated, to push multiculturalism down our throats.”

Yes, the old E Pluribus Unum. That's Latin for speaka the English. And Leahy points out it's not enough that they sang “a deeply Christian patriotic anthem whose theme is unity – in several foreign languages... the ad also prominently features a gay couple.”

For Pete's sake, since when are gays allowed to gay up America the beautiful? I mean, if the woman who wrote the song, Katharine Lee Bates saw this ad, she would be disgusted, and so would have life partner Katharine Coman, with whom she lived for 25 years, in then what was referred to as “a Boston Marriage.”

I think Stephen will somehow manage to get over it. I can't say the same for West, Limbaugh and their ilk.

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