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
They are saving that concept: Dr. Pepper spray.— Traci (@tadiwill) April 5, 2017
And they just kept coming.
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.