Friday, September 14, 2012

Dr Pepper Facebook Ad Ignites Evolution Debate !

Dr Pepper set off a heated debate over evolution on Thursday after posting an advertisement to its Facebook page, which showed an ape evolving into a man thanks to the discovery of a can of Dr Pepper.

“My ancestors were created in the Garden of Eden,” one user posted in response to the advertisement. “I ain’t no freaking chimp. No more Dr Pepper for my household. God Bless y’all,” Another complained: “this is showing the theory of men evolving from apes. I have lost all respect for Dr Pepper and if Dr Pepper wants business from thousands of people they will need to apologize.” (Spellings have been corrected throughout.)

Others shot back, including a couple of commenters who posted, “The day your faith gets shaken by a Dr Pepper ad is the day you should probably start reconsidering your faith.”

Since the post went up three hours ago, it has been liked more than 15,000 times and received more than 1,100 comments. The post has also been picked up in an atheism forum on Reddit, which has only fueled the Facebook debate even more.

Dr Pepper isn’t the first brand to court controversy on its Facebook page. Earlier this year, Kraft’s Oreos put up a status update in favor of gay marriage, which led to a heated dialogue among Facebook fans.

Then there was Chick-Fil-A, which used its Facebook page to respond to criticism after its president denounced gay marriage.

Here’s the advertisement that Dr Pepper posted to its Facebook page earlier today:

Evolution is a complex and often misunderstood principle. Fortunately, a YouTube channel calledEvolutionDocumentary has done a bang-up job curating some of the very best films on the topic. Sources include the BBC, PBS, The Discovery Channel and National Geographic.

In all, the channel boasts 12 playlists of full-length documentaries — 370+ videos, many of them uploaded directly to the channel.

We’re not sure about the rights arrangements here, but for now, this is a treasure trove of high-quality educational media. It’s great for students, folks who want to brush up and perhaps those who need a little convincing that science is, you know, real.

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