John M. Becker

Colbert Furious About Coca-Cola Super Bowl Ad

Filed By John M. Becker | February 04, 2014 5:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment
Tags: America the Beautiful, Boston marriage, Coca-Cola, Colbert Report, Katharine Coman, Katharine Lee Bates, Stephen Colbert, Super Bowl

colbert-americabeautiful-gays.jpgStephen Colbert, the late-night comedian famous for his perpetually-outraged, faux-conservative persona, tore into Coca-Cola last night on The Colbert Report for its Super Bowl commercial. The ad featured "America the Beautiful" sung in different languages and showed people and families of many genders, ages, races, and religions, and for the first time in Super Bowl history, included a same-sex couple.

After noting the right wing's fury over the Coke spot, Colbert said he shared their anger. "For Pete's sake," he said, "since when are gays allowed to gay up 'America the Beautiful'?"

He continued:

"If the woman who wrote the song, Katharine Lee Bates, saw this ad, she would be disgusted, and so would her life partner, Katharine Coman, with whom she lived for 25 years in then what was referred to as a 'Boston marriage.'

"Folks, that was not a gay marriage. It was the 19th century -- women could not be lesbians back then, okay? They couldn't even vote, or as lesbians call it, 'scissoring.'"

Watch, after the jump.

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