Blake Loates popped open a bottle of Vitamin Water recently and found an extremely upsetting message under the cap: “You retard.” The words were especially hurtful as Blake’s younger sister, Fiona, has cerebral palsy and significant cognitive delays. She sent a photo of the cap to her father, who was justifiably outraged and sent off a letter to the Coca-Cola company, which owns Vitamin Water. Here’s an excerpt:
“Fiona has had a tougher time of it. She has had 22 surgeries. She has Cerebral Palsy and still gets fed with a feeding tube. She is cognitively delayed. Fifty years ago they might have called her retarded. But we know better now, don’t we? … Imagine my surprise when I got this photo from my oldest daughter, Blake. You see, the ‘R’ word is considered a swear word in out family. We don’t use it. We don’t tolerate others using it around us. We ARE over-sensitive but you would be too if you had Fiona for a daughter!”
He included a photo of Fiona and the words, “Can you imagine if SHE had opened this bottle???”
Ready for the craziest part of this story? According to Coca-Cola, the phrase “You Retard” wasn’t a prank or a typo. It was printed on the cap on purpose. Keep reading »
I think it might be time for me to partake in a Coca-Cola addiction intervention, because apparently, many fellow North American addicts have kicked the habit. Now I’m just feeling left out and in fear of the shakes.
Unfortunately (for me, but probably beneficial for the obesity issue in America), Coca-Cola’s profit has declined in the latest quarter, with sales of the fizzy drinks falling by four percent in North America. (Overall, global sales have risen by one percent.) Keep reading »
An Open Letter to Mayor Bloomberg:
I’m sorry, but with all due respect, sir, ARE YOU MY MOTHER? You know, the one that still won’t allow me to drink caffeine after 4 p.m. because it will “keep me up”?
No, no Mayor Bloomberg, you sure as hell are not, so why would you ever think that you can tell me what size soda I am allowed to order at McDonalds, or the movie theater, or anywhere else in New York City?
I know you don’t know me, nor will you most likely ever know me, but there is something very important you must know about me. I live off of Coca-Cola. I eat, breathe and dream of Coke. I tweet about Coke. I write about Coke. I am Coke. And I will not let you try and change me, my beverage consumption, or my weight with your soda ban. Keep reading »
Experts say a New Zealand woman’s 2-gallon-a-day Coca-Cola habit probably contributed to her death, a conclusion that led the soft-drink giant to note that even water can be deadly in excessive amounts.
Natasha Harris, a 30-year-old, stay-at-home mother of eight from Invercargill, died of a heart attack in February 2010. Fairfax Media reported that a pathologist, Dr. Dan Mornin, testified at an inquest Thursday that she probably suffered from hypokalemia, or low potassium, which he thinks was caused by her excessive consumption of Coke and overall poor nutrition. Read more…
Award-winning body artist Carolyn Roper painted these models to resemble the new “Night & Day” Diet Coke bottles, designed by Jean Paul Gaultier. Yep, the “Night” Diet Coke bottle is wearing a fishnet body suit–which was then painstakingly recreated on the model. Those brush strokes on the upper thighs must have tickled like whoa.
Coca-Cola is no stranger to makeovers. Yet, these vintage cans are so cool, that maybe the brand should consider going back to one of its old looks. Pop art has never gone out of style. Then again, neither has Coke. [Inspiredology.com] Keep reading »
It’s an ad, but that doesn’t make it any less appallingly adorable. Check out this awesomely happy-happy-joy-joy Coca-Cola summer ad that’s running in Europe. Starring a freaky dude on top of a hill who plays a magical organ, a cast of furry beasts who warble and dance charmingly when injected with arcing streams of soda, and a bunch of freaky, gyrating hippies running around like it’s the summer of ’68, and you’ve got advertising viral gold. They call them Coke Creatures. I call them beasts so cute I want to squeeze them until their heads pop off. Shot in New Zealand, the supercute spot features the happy tunes of Scottish singer-songwriter Calvin Harris. Keep reading »