You probably saw the Coca-Cola Super Bowl commercial featuring “America the Beautiful” sung in several languages. And you’ve probably heard that some right-wing pundits were enraged by it. The ad was trying to “divide” people, said Glenn Beck — a proven expert in dividing people.
Well, there was no one more enraged than Comedy Central’s favorite conservative, Stephen Colbert… who hadn’t even seen it.
But as the Colbert Report host watched the commercial, he sided with former Republican House member Allen West, who became upset when it began to use “languages I didn’t recognize.”
“This man once represented Florida, and then served in Iraq,” Colbert said. “How is he supposed to recognize Spanish and Arabic?”
The ad also prominently features a gay couple, which West and Colbert no doubt assume would infuriate the song’s writer, Katharine Lee Bates — if she hadn’t been what we might refer to today as “a lesbian.”