Arab-American Groups Call Coca Cola’s Superbowl Ad Racist Over Arab in Desert with Camel

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Arab-American Groups Call Coca Cola’s Superbowl Ad Racist Over Arab in Desert with Camel

Another group is crying racism over another Superbowl advertisement. This time Arab-American groups are criticizing Coca Cola over its ad depicting an Arab walking through the desert with a camel.

“Why is it that Arabs are always shown as either oil-rich sheiks, terrorists, or belly dancers?” said Warren David, president of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, or ADC.

Coca-Cola released an online teaser of the commercial last week, showing the Arab walking through a desert. He soon sees cowboys, Las Vegas showgirls and a motley crew fashioned after the marauders of the apocalyptic “Mad Max” film race by him to reach a gigantic bottle of Coke.

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“The Coke commercial for the Super Ball is racist, portraying Arabs as backward and foolish Camel Jockeys, and they have no chance to win in the world,” Imam Ali Siddiqui, president of the Muslim Institute for Interfaith Studies, said in an email. Source

So, first we have Charles Blow and Barbara Lippert screaming racism over Volkswagen’s Superbowl ad featuring a white actor with a Jamaican accent, now this? The Coca Cola ad is far from racist. Why are people so overly sensitive?

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 Arab American Groups Call Coca Colas Superbowl Ad Racist Over Arab in Desert with Camel
Janet Shan is a freelance journalist, blogger and social media consultant. Janet specializes in political and social commentary, as well as business writing. She is the founder and managing editor of the Hinterland Gazette. She is putting the finishing touches on her new novel, a mystery based in the hills on Montego Bay, Jamaica.