TVNewser AgencySpy TVSpy LostRemote FishbowlNY FishbowlDC SocialTimes AllFacebook 10,000 Words GalleyCat UnBeige MediaJobsDaily

Dr. Pepper Ad Inspires Evolution ‘Debate’? Seriously?

Today in You Guys Are Really Bumming Us Out News: At first we didn’t think Dr. Pepper was looking for a fight when planning their “Evolution of Flavor” Facebook promo spot, but then we remembered that this is America and they should have known better.

The mildly amusing ad, which casts the peculiar soda as the “missing link” in the evolutionary chain between beast and man, has accumulated 25,000 likes and 3,500 comments in less than 24 hours. What are people saying about it? Oh, the usual: Evolution is a myth and I’m offended, God is fake and you’re all idiots, spelling is overrated—the list goes on. Quite a few individuals have even announced their plans to “boycott” Dr. Pepper products without realizing that, by bringing attention to the brand, they’re playing right into the hands of the sugar-water heathens…

And, of course, the whole mini-controversy also inspired an extended thread on Reddit. This is the world in which we live.

We’re mostly shocked to learn that 13 million people like Dr. Pepper–we always found its taste a little odd and indescribable, which may be why we enjoyed this 2011 spot:

Mediabistro Course

PR: Incorporating Social Media & Multimedia

Public Relations: Incorproating Social Media and MultimdediaStarting October 22, learn how to use Twitter, Facebook, and keyword search to get your client's message heard! In this course, you'll learn how to develop online video, make social media updates, display multimedia content, and master your client's SEO so that your message will spread and reach all the right places. Register now!