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To say the least, people were not thrilled with the ads confusing mix of messages, which seem to include:
- Block parties and protest are pretty much indistinguishable
- Rich, hot, white ladies are the only hope to heal our broken nation
- Buy more Pepsi
Well if nothing else we got some good tweets out of it. Starting with this gem:
You should have seen the rejected Pepsi commercial. pic.twitter.com/1NR23KCuwk— Wallace Wylie (@WallaceWylie) April 4, 2017
And they just kept coming.
When the cops come and you only got Coca-Cola in the fridge pic.twitter.com/GWWO67bkMm— Ira Madison III (@ira) April 4, 2017
Patton Oswalt also chimed in with a few ideas for Pepsi.
J. Edgar Hoover takes aim from the grassy knoll. The motorcade approaches. He fires. JFK raises a #Pepsi to his lips, blocks the bullet.— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) April 5, 2017
"Guess we should have set the commercial at a protest outside an abortion clinic." -- Pepsi executives— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) April 5, 2017
There’s even already a parody version of the commercial which is far superior to the original.
That Pepsi commercial already has a parody. pic.twitter.com/PYm9d1oFQd— Mark Humphries (@markhumphries) April 5, 2017
One thing for sure, you’d never see Coca-Cola engaging in this type of shameful co-opting of counterculture for financial gain.
I mean except for that one time.
David Britton is a writer and comedian based in Rhinebeck, New York who focuses on internet culture, memes, and viral news stories. He also writes for the Hard Times and is the creator of StoriesAboutWizards.com.