NEW YORK (CBSMiami) – The annual Super Bowl ad blitz was underwhelming this year, but one ad did stir up controversy among some conservatives.
Coca-Cola ran a one-minute commercial during the game that included multiple people singing “America The Beautiful” in multiple languages including English, Arabic, and Spanish.
The multi-cultural ad got under the skin of former South Florida Congressman Allen West.
“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 on the road to perdition. This was a truly disgusting commercial for me,” West wrote on his website.
Fox News commentator Todd Starnes was upset at foreign speakers singing the song as well. “Couldn’t make out that song they were singing. I only speak English,” Starnes tweeted. He followed that up with, “Coca Cola is the official soft drink of illegals crossing the border. #americaisbeautiful”
There was even a push among some for a hashtag on Twitter of #boycottcoke. While the hashtag started trending, it produced as much pushback as it did support among many on Twitter.