This past Sunday, we witnessed what was either a charming portrayal of the broad multicultural landscape that is America, or the most shocking betrayal of American values by an American cultural icon that we've ever witnessed. Of course, I'm talking about Coca-Cola's commercial during the Super Bowl that featured "America the Beautiful" being sung in multiple different languages.
Immediately following the premiere, the Internet exploded with tweets and Facebook posts and blogs by outraged conservatives who felt that Coke had betrayed them by singing that song in anything other than good old American English.
While I don't want my conservative friends' blood pressures to spike any more than they already have, I decided to respond by immediately going to YouTube and finding as many quintessentially American songs sung in languages other than English as I could because, well, I'm a troll of the highest caliber. Here are the five best that I found.
Wyclef Jean, Olga Tanon & Carlos Ponce, "Nuestro Himno (Star Spangled Banner)" Oh yeah, you know that other American anthem? The one they sing before the Super Bowl every year? Yeah, they got to that one too. Here, former Fugee Wyclef Jean, Olga Tanon and Carlos Ponce perform a rousing rendition of America's National Anthem in Spanish.
Sones de Mexico Ensemble, "Esta Tierra Es Tuya (This Land Is Your Land)" The Woody Guthrie classic sung in Spanish by a Mexican band? Say it isn't so! Somehow, though, I think Woody would have been proud to hear this one, even if Rush Limbaugh isn't. Actually, if he knew who Limbaugh was, he'd probably just be glad that Rush was pissed off.
Raysa Michelle, "America the Beautiful" Don't tell anyone, but singer Raysa Michelle beat Coke to the punch by singing "America the Beautiful" in Spanish for this film by US of Autism.
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Beyonce, "Irreemplazable (Irreplacable)" My God, it's true: you can't even trust an American icon like Beyonce not to betray us by singing in Spanish instead of good old American English. Did anyone know she did this before she was invited to sing at the 2013 Super Bowl? One thing's for sure -- after seeing this, they ought never to have her back again!
Various Artists, "The Star Spangled Banner" Here's the ultimate kicker, because it's so much like Coke's commercial it hurts. That's right, it's the U.S. National Anthem in English, Spanish, French and Chinese. I think Bill O'Reilly would have a stroke about 30 seconds into this one.
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