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Super Bowl Ads promote diversity…but was it too much?

Every year, Super Bowl ads seem to revolve around a singular theme.  From America First after 9/11, to the automotive bounce back in the early 2010s to, now, promotion of American diversity.  As a nation we seem to be at a crossroads with members of both parties demanding corporations choose a side.  After the Super Bowl’s advertisements ended, it was very clear which side companies like Coca-Cola and Budweiser were on.  While the promotion of diversity is nothing new to companies like Coca-Cola, other corporations were a bit surprising.

Still, every voice, or in this case, corporation should be heard if they decide to voice an opinion, and this year was definitely a listening (and watching) case.  But to be honest, even as a supporter of diversity, I found it a bit much.  Maybe it was the amount of ads or maybe it was the fact that watching the Super Bowl is supposed to be a moment of escape from personal, community, and even social issues.  And with so many commercials reminding me that I should be taking sides on an issue outside the realm of sports, I was a bit turned off.

Or maybe they were just bad commercials to begin with.  The Budweiser immigration commercial was very well done, as I’ve stated before.  If anyone thinks that a commercial describing the struggles of an owner in America should be boycotted, they are simply idiots.  As a history buff it always interests me how things were made or began and that, in my opinion was a good rendition of a story I’d be interested to learn more about.

Unfortunately by in large, most commercials were just hits on “America is diverse and you should support it…or you suck” and were a bit uncomfortable to watch at times.  I was confused at exactly what was being sold.  Is a commercial promoting diversity really going to make me want to buy your product or service?  Maybe….maybe not….  But I’m pretty sure showcasing the actual product would be a good idea as well.

Now I’m not saying all the diversity was bad, but I do think there always needs to be a reason behind it (i.e. Budweiser or Coca-Cola, who ALWAYS has a diversity spot), otherwise it just seems disingenuous and forceful.  Showing how diversity affects your corporation is one thing, but putting up a bunch of diverse faces….not so much.

 

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