Now that many of us, including important Arab organizations, have seen the commercial and been horrified by what I assume is an unintended insult to Arabs, we can only hope that good sense finally prevails in Atlanta and that this Super Bowl spot that Coca-Cola seemed so proud to preview winds up, in its entirety, on the cutting room floor. The company can always run its Polar Bear spot. It generates nothing but smiles.
Malcolm MacDougall is a partner at Prides Crossing Strategic Writers Group in New York. He was creative director of the Gerald Ford Election Campaign and president and creative director of Lintas Advertising, the agency that first introduced Diet Coke.