Dr. Pepper's Harmless Little 'Evolution' Ad Sets Off Firestorm of Biblical Proportions

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dr. pepper evolution adWith issues like international economic strife, climate change, and unrest in the Middle East facing the world, who would have ever thunk that soda pop would be such a MAJOR point of contention? But it is -- this week, especially! First, NYC bans supersized soda in an effort to quash the city's obesity epidemic. And now, Dr. Pepper is under fire for the "Evolution of Flavor" ad you see here. Yep. Seems safe to say the world has gone mad.

An ad -- which Dr. Pepper ran on its Facebook page -- uses the tongue-in-cheek motif that man "evolved" by swiggin' their soda. Seems innocent enough. But no ... A vocal minority of Creationist commenters came out hatin' on the ad, leaving comments like, "Forget evolution ... Jesus all the way!" and "My ancestors were created in the Garden of Eden. I ain’t no freaking chimp. No more Dr. Pepper for my household." Face. Palm.

Pretty soon, there was a war of words between those hating on the ad and others defending it, noting, "The day your faith is shaken by a Dr. Pepper ad is the day you should probably start reconsidering your faith."

Wow. How about everyone take a step back and ... simmah down now?! This is nothing more than a harmless, humorous ad, meant to make you smirk and think about how tasty Dr. Pepper is, then get on with your life. No way was Dr. Pepper trying to get us all riled up about Darwin's Theory of Evolution! They just want us to think, "Mmm, ice-cold, sweet can of soda ... Gimme!" Tell me, what's so incendiary about that?

And just like ads for any other kind of food or beverage, you can get on the bandwagon ... or not. "Like" it, "share" it, go buy a six-pack of it ... or don't. But as far as I can tell, there's nothing remotely political or religious about this ad. It's associating man's progress with soda -- which is completely giggle-worthy, no matter what your views are.

How do you feel about this ad?

 

Image via Dr. Pepper

 

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miche... micheledo

I'm a creationist and I think the ad is ingenious!  My hubby LOVES Dr. Pepper and will continue to drink it.  :)  (I can't stand anything carbonated, so I'm not drinking it, but that has nothing to do with the ad).

cocob... cocobeannns

I believe in science, and in evolution. Obviously, I see nothing wrong here. I don't get the uproar. People need to realize that everyone has their own beliefs.

nonmember avatar Bee

I'm happy about the uproar. I'm a biology teacher, and we're studying evolution next week. I can use this picture in my lecture :) I wouldn't have seen in it if people hadn't gotten so upset about it!

Anne4222 Anne4222

Do people really still believe in Adam and Eve?

bobek bobek

 If God existed, I'm sure he would drink Dr. Pepper too.

bills... billsfan1104

Free Diet Pepsi Mayor Bloomberg.

AHowa... AHoward66

Welcome to America where our two biggest controversies surrounding religion have been from a fried chicken sandwich and now soda. First world problems, we have a lot.

Vegeta Vegeta

People like this definitely need a hobby. They must be so unhappy all the time if a soda commercial is making them angry. Can't do anything these days without pissing SOMEONE off. Jeez not drinking a soda you like just cause they showed a monkey on the tv. I don't care if I was a monkey or dirt or a pile of spaghetti a bazillion years ago, Ima drink me that soda now!

Tripl... TripleC14

This is the necessary evolution *pun intended* of crazies pulling their kids out of class during "controversial" teaching moments :)

Mommi... MommietoJB

Love me some Dr. Pepper!. Next they should try and utilize adam & eve in an ad.lol

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