The madness seems to be increasing, if that’s possible. We found this at the website of the CBS television station in Houston: Creationists Slam Dr. Pepper’s ‘Evolution Of Flavor’ Ad. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
Marketing masterminds behind the latest Dr. Pepper advertisement may have had the best of intentions in mind, and perhaps hoped to elicit a few laughs when they posted a picture of the ad on the soft drink’s Facebook fan page Thursday night.
But they overlooked one thing — creationists don’t have a sense of humor. That requires intelligence. The article continues:
What the image – which bore the caption “Evolution Of Flavor” and featured a human evolving from monkey to man after tasting Dr. Pepper – instead inspired a backlash from the creationist community.
The Dr. Pepper people should have known better. Let’s read on:
As of Friday morning, the photo had garnered over 3,500 comments, and was shared nearly 2,400 times, due in large part to the controversy created by its imagery. Though many took a jocular approach in their contributions to the ongoing conversation, others were far more serious – and seriously offended.
It’s not very difficult to offend a creationist. Here are some examples of the Facebook comments:
“I love Dr. Pepper but hate this photo,” one Facebook user against the ad was quoted as saying. “Forget evolution … Jesus all the way!”
“Well, there goes my support for this company,” another reportedly added. A third religious commenter referred to evolution as “just a theory.”
We don’t have a Facebook account, so we can’t go there to see the comments, but the article gives a few more examples. Here’s one by someone who seems to have a brain:
I find it mildly hilarious that this ad has caused such a storm on both sides of the fence,” one woman said. “It’s soda, people!
So there you are. In all likelihood, we’ll never see any more references to evolution in any product’s advertizing. It’s much safer to use only acceptable themes — like sex.
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