Creationists Versus Dr. Pepper

It might not quite be The Innocence of Muslims, but the Dr. Pepper advertisement shown at right has creationists all hot and bothered. Via TIME:

If you’re in the mood to draw ire from people with excruciatingly rigid beliefs, the Internet is generally a good place to start. While you’re at it, might as well pick a particularly polarizing topic. Why not evolution?

Now, that probably wasn’t exactly how the conversation went down over at the marketing offices of Dr. Pepper, but a recent ad for the soft drink posted on Facebook — with the slogan “Evolution of Flavor” — sparked a healthy dose of controversy nonetheless. Based on the iconic evolution diagram “March of Progress,” the ad features an ape who, after drinking Dr. Pepper, turns into a man. The ad went up Thursday, and by Friday had garnered more than 26,000 “Likes” and over 4,000 comments.

This is, of course, still the Internet — so plenty of comments in question are loaded with snark from people who mainly appear to be provoking for the sake of provocation. Several commenters, however, expressed disapproval of Dr. Pepper — believing, apparently, that the ad showed support for the scientific theory of evolution — and vowing to boycott the product. “I ain’t no freaking chimp. No more Dr Pepper for my household. God Bless y’all,” one user wrote. Another chimed in with, “I have lost all respect for Dr Pepper and if Dr Pepper wants business from thousands of people they will need to apologize.”

As the debate roiled on, pro-evolution commenters expressed their support of the company, vowing to stand by Dr Pepper no matter what. One person, for example, promised he’d continue drinking the soda even “if they announced they pissed in the formula.”…

[continues at TIME]

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  • Liam_McGonagle

    I’m waiting for the premiere of “Innocence of the Mushrooms”, denigrating psychotropic users as a Satanic cult of goat-f*cking baby killers.

    But seriously, bad mojo to piss off the Peppers in the Lone Star State.  They love their Dr. Pepper better than they do their own teeth.

    • Calypso_1

      Man I think they tried that in the 80’s. 
      The smurfs were pretty definitively linked to Satanic baby killings.

      • Liam_McGonagle

        Well, I’m all for killing SATANIC babies.  Them is the worst ones.

        • Mal

           I’m pretty sure the screaming infant next to me on my flight this morning was of the Satanic variety…

    • Calypso_1

      Man I think they tried that in the 80’s. 
      The smurfs were pretty definitively linked to Satanic baby killings.

  • SmokinTokinJokinBrit

    we all know dr p is an agnostic drink ! 

  • Hadrian999

    advertising working as intended

  • Matt Staggs

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  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    MTN Dew is thrilled to know that their hillbilly market-share is safe

  • http://www.jameslstreet.com/ MC1171611

    LOL! I’m a Creationist, but this is flippin’ hilarious. People need to grow a sense of humor.

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