Coke's controversial Super Bowl ad features Fil-Am girl

by Don Tagala, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Posted at Feb 04 2014 10:38 AM | Updated as of Feb 04 2014 08:02 PM

NEW JERSEY - A Coca-Cola ad aired during Sunday's Super Bowl drew praises more than outrage.

Celebrating America's diversity and patriotism, the ad titled "It's Beautiful" featured "America the Beautiful" sung in different languages, including Tagalog.

The Tagalog part of the song was sung by a young Filipino-American girl named Leilani.

Coca-Cola also uploaded a clip of Leilani singing "America the Beautiful" in Tagalog.

"I think people will feel really good in themselves to know that America is there and to hear it in many different languages spoken, especially if one of the languages is a language that you speak. And it'll get really deep inside of you," Leilani said with a smile.

However, the controversial ad also drew outrage from some Americans via Twitter.

One Twitter user said "Hey @CocaCola This is America. English, please. #SB48"

Another Twitter user said he'll never drink Coke again. "Safe to say I'm never drinking coke again after they sing an american song in another language for the damn super bowl, buncha pricks."

“Dear Coke, Your commercial is a slap to the faces of my Italian and Finnish ancestors who came here & learned English. #AmericaIsBeautiful," another commenter said.

However, the ad also elicited praise.

Twitter user @AshleyKarlsson said, "Thanks @CocaCola for reminding us that we are beautiful because of and not in spite of our linguistic diversity. #AmericaIsBeautiful"