On Tuesday, the Congresswoman took to the House floor to express her distaste with Pepsi Max’s “Love Hurts” ad. You can watch it here:
I thought it was funny. Rep. Jackson Lee, did not.
“In this month of African-American history where we’re trying to celebrate what is good and great, it certainly seems ridiculous that Pepsi would utilize this kind of humor. It was not humorous. It was demeaning — an African-American woman throwing something at an African-American male and winding up hitting a Caucasian woman.”
She went on to say: “I think that we can come together in a much better way, sell Pepsi, and as well talk about good nutrition. But, frankly, I consider this insulting, and so did many other women of all colors. That is why I’m so disappointed with the Pepsi advertisement that showed a demeaning role for African American women, in an ad that showed a can being thrown and being utilized to wound someone else or hit someone else…”
I wonder, when will we stop taking things so personally and look beyond color. I wonder, if they had casted white actors to play the couple…would white women be angry about it? It’s a story about an overzealous woman who wants her guy to eat well. Personally I’m not in the least bit offended by it.
What do you think?