For those old enough to remember GET SMART, you'll remember the catchphrase, "I just missed it by this much."
I bet that's how MSNBC is feeling today. Earlier I posted a blog on the apology MSNBC made over an offensive tweet someone from the company put out last week stating that they thought the bi-racial Cheerios commercial would perhaps be unsettling to right wing viewers at the Super Bowl. It is called Reince Priebus, RNC Prince of Fools, Pulls Out Secret Card. In in, RNC Chairman Priebus was outraged and offended that the progressives at MSNBC would think that somehow the conservatives in the GOP would be offended by the ad showing that there are happy bi-racial families in this world.
Phil Griffin publicly apologized for that characterization of the GOP's right wing, even called the RNC chairman personally to apologize and also took the additional step by having the author of the tweet fired from MSNBC.
Apparently that wasn't good enough and the Amazing Mr. P. said he was putting MSNBC on notice. He'll be watching them -- (If only he would, maybe he'd learn something).
Well, a few days went by. Now it's Super Bowl Sunday. The Cheerios commercial airs and there's little to no hubbub or fallout over it this day after... Apparently MSNBC was wrong and perhaps they were wrong in making the perceived racist tweet: (via TPM)
“Maybe the rightwing (sic) will hate it, but everyone else will go awww: the adorable new #Cheerios ad w/ biracial family,” the tweet read.
So the time of reckoning came and passed. And the reaction to the Cheerios commercial was muted at worst. But...
It seems MSNBC got the commercial wrong (Cheerios), but they got the comment right. Turns out it would be a Coca Cola commercial sung in English, Arabic and Spanish that would bring out the right wing wackadoos. In this ad, the song, America the Beautiful is sung in three languages. And the fact that it's belted out in English, Arabic and Spanish seems to have offended the Tea Party dingo birds here on our shores. The cuckoos have taken flight and are outraged. They want to destroy us the way Angry birds do the pigs in the video game.
The sky is falling, according to the Right Wing zealots:
Again from TPM:
Former tea party congressman Allen West even took time to write a blog post during the game to voice his displeasure. For West, the ad started out strong enough.
"Then the words went from English to languages I didn’t recognize," a troubled West wrote, calling it "a truly disturbing commercial."
Okay, now hold on. Perhaps this former Florida congressman didn't recognize the Arabic language, but are you telling me he lives in Florida and doesn't recognize Spanish? What mudhole has he been submerging his head in to avoid the real world?
Michael Patrick Leahy over at Breitbart was offended, too.
Not only did Coke use "a deeply Christian patriotic anthem whose theme is unity – in several foreign languages," but Leahy noted that the "ad also prominently features a gay couple."
Oh, my goodness. Since when did America The Beautiful become a Christian song? And what a shudder it must be to include a gay couple as part of the American fabric. Heavens.
America The Beautiful is considered an American patriotic song, but it has no ethnic or religious priority. The lyrics were originally a poem written by Katherine Lee Bates, entitled Pikes Peak. The music was composed by Samuel A. Ward from his song O Mother dear, Jerusalem in 1882. Jerusalem? How's that for patriotic America. Jerusalem sounds more Arabic in locale than American.
We are America and we are a melting pot of so many nationalities. Singing this song (which is not a national anthem, just a song) is a tribute to our faith, love and belief in this country. You don't have to be born here to believe in what it stands for. Unity isn't just straight, white, Anglo-Saxon. Sorry all you homophobic, anti-immigrant, right wingnuts -- you're just plain wrong.
So, in rebuke to the critics like Reince Priebus who felt so outraged that their constituents would be offended by a racially questionable statement regarding Cheerios, here's the Coca Cola commercial in full -- let's see now who apologizes for their racially and sexually insensitive comments that this commercial is either un-American or un-patriotic.
C'mon Mr. RNC Chairman. Stand up for your bigot membership now. Let's see who goes on "double secret probation."