Thursday, April 6, 2017

Protesting against protests

Pepsi came out with a new commercial that begins with people protesting in the streets against some unknown reason, not unlike a lot of protests I have watched on the news in which it appears most of the protesters are not really sure why they are there.

At the end of this commercial Kendall Jenner hands a Pepsi to a police officer, he takes a sip and all is well, now the ad has been pulled and everyone is in an uproar over things like Pepsi trivializing social justice and/or making light of other protests.

It's a commercial for goodness sake, I don't drink Pepsi nor do I follow the Kardashians, and here we are protesting against a soft drink company projecting a peaceful resolution to a simulated protest.

Protesting against protests, or protesting against ending protests, heck I'd rather see someone hand a police officer a soft drink, or police officers being able to either hand out or accept one rather than what we are doing to each other now.

There are serious issues out there and I am not taking away from that, but really how much attention are you bringing to your issue by rioting in the streets, burning police cars, and destroying your neighborhood, your issue has just been buried by all of what you just did, that is nobodys fault but your own.

There are so many protests going on that I can't keep up with what we are protesting, I'm not getting into any issues here other than wondering what we are gaining by acting like this?

Wouldn't it be nice if we could sit down over a soft drink and talk instead of lashing out at one another? I'm not looking for this to ever happen, because it appears we have all lost the ability to listen to an idea or issue other than our own.

My wife Cindy drinks Coca-Cola and nothing else, my Mom is a Pepsi drinker and they have always gotten along just fine, but I will have to say I did once see things get rather tense when Cindy ordered a Coke and was served a Pepsi instead, I was sure the police would be called and we would never be welcome at that fast food joint again.

Just my opinion.....

Which do you prefer Pepsi or Coke? and your opinion on how to handle issues you feel strongly about?

22 comments:

  1. Don't forget about the paid protesters! It's all too much for me. Destroying the property of businesses that have nothing to do with what people are angry about is a pathetic cry for attention and deserves zero respect.

    I gave up pop (as we Northerners call it) about 15 years ago. Back in the day, I liked Dr Pepper.

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    1. Like you I can't wrap my mind around the destruction of property, it sure takes away from the issues.

      Oh yes Dr. Pepper should have been added to the list, Coke is what we called everything when I was growing up no matter what it was, I guess growing up just north of the Atlanta area explains that ha ha

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    2. Before blaming all property destruction just on protestors remember sports fans celebrating some victory commonly go on rampages. Then there are spring break students, both black and white, that get kicks out of vandalism. Not taking away from the destruction done by protestors but to single them out is to ignore the bigger picture of destructive human behavior.

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    3. Hey Beach Bum, true the bigger picture is destructive human behavior and I only posted about a small part of this major subject, with that said I don't think I insinuated that all property damage is due to protesters, we were just discussing random property damage by protesters for the sake of just doing it.

      Good to see you my friend.

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  2. Sugar water is poison. I may have cola once a year and can not tell the difference...I know many people who can tell on one sip.

    Protests are fine as long as they are peaceful. Seems to me the current tactic is to instigate a reaction , and then capture that on video to demonstrate how evil the other side or the police are.

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    1. Hey Joe, my wife is like that one sip and she knows, I have to say that I am not that talented.

      I agree with you in that it seems the tactic is to make everyone else look bad.

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  3. Since I got diabetes my drink is Diet Pepsi. Protesters should know what they're protesting against!!

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    1. Welcome fishducky, I am proud to have you join us.

      Diet is also my drink, I was diagnosed with diabetes 40 + years ago so to me a regular soft drink tastes funny, yes the protesters should indeed know what they are protesting against but some make me wonder.

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  4. I don't drink sodas either but like Fran, people should know what they are protesting against.

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    1. Hi Rick, Good to see you.

      My concern on some of the protesters is they know they are protesting something, but I wonder if they really understand the issues, and if they think the damage is worth it all?

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  5. While destruction of property is always counterproductive, every "protestor" that is a whining antisocial misfit to someone is to another person someone fighting for justice. Remember, the 18th century American patriots that forcefully boarded a cargo ship and then dumped its cargo of tea into Boston Harbor were destroying property.

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    1. I agree with your point here, the only difference is the protesters destroying the property where people live and work rather than a ship in the harbor, but with these points made, the end result is the same.

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  6. Destruction starts just for the hell of it. These days it seems the only way people can express themselves. Whatever happened to common sense and pride?

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    1. Amen Valerie, common sense, pride, and also respect seem to be lost qualities we all should have.

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  7. I agree with you, Jimmy, that the reaction to that advert was grossly over-the-top. I think you make a sound point.
    As for coke, I don't drink either brand as they both give me gut rot.

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    1. Hello Bryan, yes the reaction to that commercial was over the top, I myself didn't see anything wrong with it, not enough to offend anyone or cause it to be pulled.

      Gut rot...I'm going to tell Cindy this in an attempt to cut back on her coke drinking, you think it will help me?

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  8. "Wouldn't it be nice if we could sit down over a soft drink and talk instead of lashing out at one another? "

    A-MEN, Jimmy! I've had to take a step back from watching the news every day because it appears to be primarily about protests against protests against protests against protests. It's pretty much about the same things lately.

    I rarely drink carbonated drinks, but when I do, it's using Ginger Ale. But if I had to choose between Coke or Pepsi, I definitely prefer Coke (with a burger).

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    1. Hey Ron, you are so right the news has gotten to be so much of the same things repeated, it does get depressing to watch for me.

      A burger and a Coke, you can't go wrong there, you know Cindy would be right there with you on that order.

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  9. I have type 1 diabetes, so I can only drink water. I don't mind this. I don't like crowds, so I have had to find other ways to stand up for what I believe.

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    1. Hi Inger, type 1 diabetes does change our diets dramatically, I was diagnosed with type 1 about 42 years ago.

      Large crowds of people are one thing and a large angry crowd is another, I agree there have to be better ways.

      Welcome Inger, glad to have you join us.

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  10. If I do have a soft drink, it's a diet Pepsi. Other than that, I drink water and juice. Oh yeah, and margaritas!

    I have no problem with protesters to a point. Almost all positive change in this country came about partially because of protests. Burning an innocent person's car, or business is another matter though. Having said that, sometimes it is needed. Even that has gotten screwed up because a small minority of people WANT to destroy things.

    People are not "paid" to go to these protests to cause trouble. There is a small dedicated group of anarchists in this country. Their primary goal, is to go to protests, and start violence. You can see the anarchists in mass at every IMF and World Bank meeting. They were also the main group behind the "occupy wall street" (and a lot of other places) movement. Unfortunately, there are always sheep (some young males) around, who hop right on the violence bandwagon.

    Interesting and scary times right now. Mostly scary...

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    1. Yes scary indeed, like you it's more than the protests that bother me, it's the senseless destruction of property in a nutshell, to me you should be able to stand up for what you believe, but when you turn violent your cause along with yourself has lost all credibility, in my opinion that is.

      Good to see you again Pat.

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