A Coca-Cola ad that ran during the Super Bowl prompted outrage and praise on Twitter for embracing diversity. The ad titled “It’s Beautiful” had classic scenes of American life – pool parties, open roads, loving families – while “America the Beautiful played in the background. Who could object to that? Well, the patriotic classic song was sung in different languages, plus the visuals included a gay couple with their daughter.
According to GLAAD, this is the first Super Bowl ad to feature a gay family. GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis responded to the ad: “Including a gay family in this ad is not only a step forward for the advertising industry, but a reflection of the growing majority of Americans from all walks of life who proudly support their LGBT friends, family and neighbors as integral parts of ‘America the Beautiful.’”
Here’s the commercial and then some of the reactions:
Of course, many others disagreed: