Arab-Americans say Coke's Super Bowl ad is racist2/4/2013
A new Coca-Cola Super Bowl ad isn't so refreshing to Arab-American groups. They say a teaser for the spot, featuring an Arab leading camels through the desert, is racist. "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. Imam Ali Siddiqui, president of the Muslim Institute for Interfaith Studies, said the commercial "portrayed Arabs as backward and foolish Camel Jockeys." The groups also want to know why the Arab, one of several figures vying for a giant bottle of Coke, isn't eligible to win the race in an online poll. Coke says characters in the ad were a "nod to movies of the past." [Source]
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