*Coca Cola’s “America the Beautiful” Super Bowl ad, which featured multilingual renditions of the patriotic song, was meant to highlight the country’s racial diversity. But many conservatives somehow saw the spot as a political push for immigration reform.
“Why did you need that to divide us politically? Because that’s all this ad is,” said conservative pundit Glenn Beck. “It’s in your face, and if you don’t like it, if you’re offended by it, you’re a racist. If you do like it, you’re for immigration. You’re for progress. That’s all this is: to divide people.”
Fox News & Commentary host Todd Starnes also blasted the commercial for taking a stand on the issue of immigration reform that has been subject to much debate in America in recent years.
Recording artist Queen Latifah speaks onstage during the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California
*Queen Latifah will follow up her mass wedding at the Grammys with a performance at the Super Bowl.
The talk show host, who officiated the marriages of 33 couples during Macklemore and Ryan Lewis‘ production number at Sunday night’s Grammy Awards, will deliver “America the Beautiful” at the pregame show on Fox, it was announced Monday.
*Jennifer Hudson will join 26 students from Sandy Hook Elementary School in singing “America the Beautiful” during the Super Bowl XLVII pregame show on Sunday, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said Thursday.
It will be the second poignant Super Bowl pregame performance from Hudson, who performed the National Anthem before Super Bowl XLIII in what was her first public appearance after her estranged brother-in-law murdered her mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew.
The NFL invited the students to sing a little more than a month after 26 children and faculty members were killed in the tragic mass shooting in Newtown, Conn, reports USA Today.
Students from Newtown performing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” at the home of Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth in Fairfield, Connecticut.
The league is flying the students and their families to New Orleans later this week in advance of the performance, which will be broadcast live on CBS shortly before Alicia Keys performs the National Anthem.
The gesture will cap a season in which the league lent its support to the Newtown community via “S.H.E.S.” stickers on helmets, personal messages on cleats and gloves, moments of silence before games and charitable donations for relief causes, as well other means of emotional support.
Two days after Obama’s ad, Romney today released a web video mocking the president’s singing of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together.”
The video juxtaposes Obama crooning “I’m so in love with you” with headlines about Obama rewarding lobbyists and campaign donors, similar to Obama’s ad showing Romney’s singing contrasted with headlines about Romney’s offshore financial holdings and Bain’s outsourcing.