Super Bowl 2014’s Coke Commercial Sparks Outrage: Multilingual Rendition of ‘America the Beautiful’ Divides US? [Video, Reactions]

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By Gopi Chandra Kharel | February 4, 2014 6:17 PM EST

It will be refreshing for many to see an ad, which purportedly celebrates diversity in a society, but if one thought that a subject as sensitive as racism and immigration would pass by without controversy, one would be mistaken.

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Bottles of Coca-Cola sit on a supermarket shelf in Gilbert, Arizona October 20, 2009.

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The multilingual rendition of the patriotic song "America the Beautiful," might seem a way to acknowledge and thereby embrace the 'unity in diversity' idea for a moment, but it certainly suffers controversies quite like the United Colors of Benetton Ads did decades ago.

To say that when the patriotic standard is sung in seven different languages, it would showcase country's "incredible diversity," as the soft drink company claims, would be an attempt to oversimplify the issue. The very reason, one would agree, a company like Coca Cola attempts to sell its product by using an issue like race, cultural and linguistic divide; points to the fact that it is trying to somehow evoke a sense of 'unfairness' in the society.

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Famous radio host Glenn Beck, who is known to be politically conservative, told his listeners Monday that the ad is attempting to sell a divided America.

"So somebody tweeted last night and said, 'Glenn, what did you think of the Coke ad?'" Beck said in a program, according to Buzzfeed.

"And I said, 'Why did you need that to divide us politically?' Because that's all this ad is".

"Its' in your face, and if you don't like it, if you're offended by it, you're a racist. If you do like it, you're for immigration. You're for progress. That's all this is: to divide people. Remember when Coke used to do the thing on the top and they would all hold hands? Now it's 'Have a Coke and we'll divide you,'" he added.

Fox New's host Todd Starnes also took to the social media accusing the company of promoting multiculturalism, political correctness and even illegal immigration.

"Could't make out that song they were singing. I only speak English," Starnes said in one tweet. "So was Coca-Cola saying America is beautiful because new immigrants don't learn to speak English?"

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Bottles of Coca-Cola sit on a supermarket shelf in Gilbert, Arizona October 20, 2009.
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