Thursday, January 31, 2013
Quote(s) of the Day
"The Coke commercial for the Super Ball is racist, portraying Arabs as backward and foolish Camel Jockeys, and they have no chance to win in the world."
"What message is Coke sending with this? By not including the Arab in the race, it is clear that the Arab is held to a different standard when compared to the other characters in the commercial."
-- Imam Ali Siddiqui, president of the Muslim Institute for Interfaith Studies, and Abed Ayoub of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, respectively, calling Coke's new Super Bowl ad racist and demanding that it be changed before it airs during the game this Sunday
I was just about to present this without comment, because, like the "controversy" over the Jamaican White Guy Volkswagen ad, it's just that absurd. But I think it's worth making it clear that I do in fact believe that no group of people is above any other group of people -- regardless of race, religion or ethnicity -- and will therefore treat the Arab-American organizations taking offense to this ad exactly the way I'd treat anyone else demanding satisfaction over something so silly and inconsequential: by saying, for God's sake, sit down and shut up before you make yourself look any more ridiculous. It's a fucking commercial -- save the indignation for something that actually matters. It's not like there aren't enough real problems out there for Arab-Americans to contend with on a daily basis.