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A Mexican Coca-Cola Commercial was Supposed to Create Unity, but It Pissed People Off Instead

Credit: Coca-Cola Mexico / Cuéntame de Cortazar / YouTube

Coca-Cola México is in the middle of a social media and cultural understanding backlash for an advertisement featuring the Mixe community of Oaxaca, México.

ICYMI, Coca-Cola México released a new Christmas commercial to get the holiday feelings flowing.

White Saviors
Credit: Coca-Cola Mexico / Cuéntame de Cortazar / YouTube

The commercial features ethnically white Mexicans going to an indigenous Mixe community with tools, wood…

Here They Come
Credit: Coca-Cola Mexico / Cuéntame de Cortazar / YouTube

And a big-ass cooler of Coca-Cola. Just a group of young kids trying to spread Christmas cheer to an indigenous group of people in Oaxaca, right?

So the group of youths built the Mixe people a Christmas tree using wood, red paint, and Coca-Cola caps.

Tree
Credit: Coca-Cola Mexico / Cuéntame de Cortazar / YouTube

You’re probably thinking…

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Well…

People have criticized the commercial for perpetuating the “white savior” mentality.

Forced Smile
Credit: Coca-Cola Mexico / Cuéntame de Cortazar / YouTube

The white savior complex is when someone of the western world comes swooping in to “fix” the problems of those less fortunate. Think of movies such as The Blind Side, Freedom Writers or even Django Unchained.

And after some social media backlash, Coca-Cola México removed the video from it’s YouTube page.

Back Rub
Credit: Coca-Cola Mexico / Cuéntame de Cortazar / YouTube

READ: French Fashion Designer Gets Called Out for Copying Indigenous Oaxacan Clothing Design

Coca-Cola México was hoping to start a conversation on ending prejudices using #AbreTuCorazon. Instead, the hashtag was used to debate Coca-Cola’s treatment of the indigenous population…

Translation: “#OpenYourHeart Coca-Cola and stop stealing the water from our land and indigenous villages to make your hypocritical campaigns.”

Some see no problem with the commercial.

Translation: “@CocaColaMx #OpenYourHeart I don’t understand why they see the bad in this video, there is nothing discriminatory. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.”

Others in Oaxaca are defending the commercial.

Translation: “I don’t agree with taking down the Coca-Cola commercial, #OpenYourHeart. I am from Oaxaca and I don’t feel discriminated.”

READ: Have You Noticed Latinos Only Get Screen Time During Junk Food Commercials?

And this guy is using the hashtag to drop some knowledge on Coca-Cola’s impact on Mexico.

The Wall Street Journal has reported that it can take up to 132 gallons of water to make a two-liter bottle of soda. According to Coca-Cola, they use 2.7 liters of water for ever 1 liter of soda they produce. They are trying to drop the amount of water needed to 1.7 liters of water per liter of product by 2020.

Many are more concerned with the use of indigenous people in the ad as a marketing ploy.

https://twitter.com/dianaecho/status/671991439748898816

This writer had a suggestion on how Mexicans could help:

https://twitter.com/CJ_Haslett/status/671933791376678912

Coca-Cola offered this response when asked about the ad:

“As part of Coca-Cola México’s Christmas campaign for this year the video “Mixe Community Totontepec” was launched on digital channels, seeking to convey a message of unity and joy. Our intention was never to be insensitive to or underestimate any indigenous group. We have now removed the video and apologize to anyone who may have been offended. In nearly 90 years in the country, Coca-Cola Mexico has worked to share messages of unity and friendship to contribute to build a society free of prejudices.”

Credit: eater.com

Watch the full commercial below and judge for yourself:

Credit: Cuéntame de Cortazar / YouTube

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People Lost Their Sh*t When Aventura Announced Their Reunion Tour

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People Lost Their Sh*t When Aventura Announced Their Reunion Tour

Credit: @fusetv / Twitter

Stop EVERYTHING! Aventura announced that they are putting on a one-night concert in New York City just in time for Valentine’s Day. Aventura fans are ready for a night of bachata and… baby-making.

When the news broke, Aventura fans were like…

https://www.instagram.com/p/-ZesUMETBa/

Emotions ran high.

And everyone’s fangirl was on full display.

Shit. Got. Cray.

https://twitter.com/HennyBlak/status/671910844154933248

READ: How the World is Finally Taking Notice of Romeo Santos

Clearly, this is the work of a higher power because these things don’t just happen.

And we have waited WAY too long for this reunion. #heisgood ?

Even your mami is so damn hyped about the Aventura reunion.

https://www.instagram.com/p/-xj29GkTNw/

Don’t forget to include her in the plans or you will NEVER hear the end of it.

Some people are more excited than others.

Ummm…do you need a napkin or something?

Squads reunited to talk about which songs they’d be more excited to listen to.

How do you pick just one?

Old-school Aventura fans are ready to repeat history…

READ: These 21 Latino Songs Will Help You Through Your Heartbreak

And others are expecting other little miracles to come from the concert.

There is already some post-Aventura reunion planning going on.

https://www.instagram.com/p/-zq3oPDuA5/

Because there are just not enough excuses to take yourself to Toys “R” Us.

People are already dropping subtle hints to family and friends.

https://twitter.com/eslucero_/status/671911124770545664

Excitement aside, it gets real when you realize you have a lot of saving to do to buy these tickets.

And act quick.

We feel bad for all the BFs.

Ball is in your court, dudes. Is it worth the risk? Maybe. It’s probably the best method for foreplay.

But the news is also bringing some serious heartbreak to the majority of us.

https://www.instagram.com/p/-y7DciKRRl/

Girl, just follow me on SnapChat, Twitter, and Instagram and it’ll be like you’re there.

People are begging Aventura to consider some other concerts in other cities.

https://twitter.com/ariellll7/status/672544915499458562

Like, really begging. Will they reconsider?

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But all true Aventura fans know that this is not a night to be missed.

https://twitter.com/_JandJ/status/671880688929529856

And you can’t put a price on happiness and true love. #goals

https://twitter.com/Jazzmiineexo/status/671906418161811456

Listen, Jasmine. There is no price too high for Aventura.

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