Thursday, January 31, 2013

Muslim Groups Call Coke Super Bowl Ad "Racist"

Ever get the feeling that some people are so desperate to claim victim status, they'll complain about absolutely anything? Watch the following Coca Cola Super Bowl ad and see if you can spot the blatant racism against Arabs.


Did you miss the racism? So did every non-Muslim on the planet who watched the video. Does the ad discriminate against women by portraying them as dancers? Does it discriminate against me because a white biker gets hit by a bus? Why is it that one group is so much more sensitive than all other groups combined?

It's simple. According to the Qur'an, Muslims are the best people in the world:

"Ye are the best of peoples, evolved for mankind, enjoining what is right, forbidding what is wrong, and believing in God." (Qur'an 3:110)

Non-Muslims, on the other hand, are the "worst of creatures":

"Verily, those who disbelieve (in the religion of Islam, the Qur'an and Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him)) from among the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians) and Al-Mushrikun will abide in the Fire of Hell. They are the worst of creatures." (Qur'an 98:6)

Hence, since Muslims are so vastly superior to the rest of us, any failure to represent them as superior must be an attempt to reduce their exalted status. Treating Muslims as equal to everyone else is therefore racism against Muslims!

REUTERS--Arab-American groups have sharply criticized a Coca-Cola Super Bowl ad depicting an Arab walking through the desert with a camel, and one group said it would ask the beverage giant to change it before CBS airs the game on Sunday before an expected audience of more than 100 million U.S. viewers.

"Why is it that Arabs are always shown as either oil-rich sheiks, terrorists, or belly dancers?" said Warren David, president of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, or ADC.

Coca-Cola released an online teaser of the commercial last week, showing the Arab walking through a desert. He soon sees cowboys, Las Vegas showgirls and a motley crew fashioned after the marauders of the apocalyptic "Mad Max" film race by him to reach a gigantic bottle of Coke.

In its ad, Coke asks viewers to vote online on which characters should win the race. The online site does not allow a vote for the Arab character.

"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," Imam Ali Siddiqui, president of the Muslim Institute for Interfaith Studies, said in an email.

"What message is Coke sending with this?" asked Abed Ayoub, ADC's director of legal and policy affairs. "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," he said.

CBS declined comment. Coca-Cola spokeswoman Lauren Thompson said Coke took a "cinematic" approach with the ad, employing the characters as a nod to movies of the past.

"Coca-Cola is an inclusive brand enjoyed by all demographics," she said in an email. "We illustrate our core values, from fun and refreshment to happiness, inspiration and optimism across all of our marketing communications."

Ayoub said ADC intended to contact Coke and CBS Corp on Thursday to "hopefully start a dialog." (Continue Reading.)

8 comments:

Radical Moderate said...

I see the racism. The Arab could not get his camel started and lost to the woman and white cowboys and bikers. How dare Coke show Arabs as inferior.

Maybe I'm just a bigot but I find it strange that the President of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee is named Warren David????

TAREK said...

I said today. Muslims have problem and they have a condition call PIS
Thank Dr. David

Traeh said...

David gives a very nice juxtaposition of Qur'an quotes (3:110 and 98:6).

I suppose that in addition to the sense of superiority, there is behind the extreme sensitivity of many Muslims an equal and opposite sense of very painful inferiority -- based on the incredibly low level of accomplishment of Muslim-majority nations on average -- this is true in all three main areas of social life:

culture (creativity violently suppressed in numerous ways);

politics (average level of human rights in the Muslim Middle East and Muslim North Africa is worse than the average of any other region in the world -- a good deal worse than the average in sub-Saharan Africa, for example);

economics (such capital as there is, is mainly natural, as in oil, rather than human, since human creativity is so often suppressed as blasphemous. And even the oil could only be made into wealth by non-Muslim ingenuity and industry).

So Muslims often find it very painful and humiliating, of course, to contemplate all this, and, human nature being what it is, they often try every means to deny it. Especially as Muslim culture, due to its strong totalitarian streak, is pathologically concerned with saving face (outer directed behavior), whereas following inner conscience, regardless of outer pressures, is crushed more often, more thoroughly, and more viciously than in other cultures. And non-Muslims are all too often willing to "comfort" Muslims and shore up politically correct conformism by enabling rationalizations and denials of the multiple inferiorities of Islamic culture and society. This only traps Muslims in a failure to see the source of their difficulties in Islam's core texts and teachings.

Adriana said...

Oh the insult! I'm sure there are no guys dressed similarly to that in the deserts of the arab world with their camel. These poor fragile ego ninnies must have low self-esteem. Any other cultural group would be amused to be included even if they were represented with a stereotype. I would have laughed to see my own represented sprinting in lederhosen.

Adriana said...

Once again I login with my wife's account.

Traeh said...

I'd add this to my above 12:54 comment.

In addition to the various pathologies I listed, I suppose there are also some ordinary benign reasons sometimes behind some Muslims' criticism of an advert like this. Some Muslims no doubt do perceive themselves as simply an innocent, non-supremacist, embattled minority group facing prejudicial animosity from the majority society. However, Muslims who perceive things that way, even if they do so sometimes in good faith, are usually wrong. Criticism and wariness of Islam is the reasonable response to the predatory and totalitarian character of core Islamic texts and teachings, not to mention the atmosphere of violent intimidation that too many Muslims impose on anyone who would speak non-anonymously anything that runs afoul of the Islamic ethos, such as criticisms of Muhammad or Islam.

aaron said...

yeah and us asians always dicpicted as the kung fu stereotype. we don;t think its insulting we think along the lines of a joke

bob said...

In God's eyes ALL humans are the "worst of creatures" that is, we are all sinners. Yet Christ still layed his life down for all the world (John 3:16).

For Muslims to consider themselves to be superior to non-Muslims only means that they have believed the devil's lies.

The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. 2Thessalonians 2:9-1

The previous verse refers to the rejection of God’s patient offer of salvation through the Son, Christ.

For example, you send your only son, who you love very much, off to war to rescue some people, who you also love, at great personal risk and cost to himself and his family, but then those same people make light of it and treat it as a joke or even disbelieve it and call you a liar. Eventually this kind of disrespect would make you boil with anger despite your longsuffering, kind and patient nature.

“…so I will choose their delusions, and bring their fears on them; because when I called no one answered, when I spoke they did not hear…” Isaiah 66:4

The Antichrist (any doctrine that exalts itself above that of Christ's is 'antichrist') is not the source, but the net result; not the cause, but rather the accumulated effect of disrespect towards the God of the Bible.

Many people today are worried by the spread of Islam in their part of the world, but this ideology is only the third danger in line which has followed on the heels of something far more subtle.

•The first and biggest danger is and always has been that of allowing ourselves to get tired of and growing cold towards Christ, who is our Creator, the God of the Bible. This is accompanied by ingratitude and contempt for his saving Word.

•The second danger is replacing Biblical truth with another ungodly doctrine or ideology. In the case of the Western nations it was evolutionary teaching.

•The third danger that then follows is a cruel conqueror.

This same sequence of events has happened many times throughout history, most notably in the Middle East.

At the time of the apostles, and for a long while after, the Gospel had free and full course in Arabia, Syria, Egypt, Asia Minor etc. but people became surfeited with it in the course of time and many heresies started to appear. From then on these countries let go of Christ and they ended up being conquered by Islam from about A. D. 600 onward.

The Creator’s right to exercise rule over his creation and the reason for the Antichrist:

“God’s wrath is greatest when he removes his Word or permits people to despise it. When the Greeks despised his Word, he took it away and gave them the Turk and Mohammed; to us Germans and to the Italians he gave the Pope and with him all sorts of horrible things – the denial of the faith, for example, and the entire papacy.” Luther

If we reject Christ's patient offer of salvation, eventually we end up with the devil.

But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those that are perishing, whose minds the god of this age [Satan] has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them. 2Corinthians 4:4