Brenda Wood, an anchor for an NBC affiliate in Atlanta, lashed out during a newscast at critics of the controversial Coca-Cola Super Bowl ad.
“The quote on the Statue of Liberty doesn’t say ‘give me your English-speaking, only Christian-believing, heterosexual masses,’” Wood said in a post-newscast commentary. “It says ‘give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses tempest-tossed.’ Have we forgot that every one of us ‘Americans’ [in air quotes], except for Native Americans, are descendants of foreigners? That the English language is from England?”
Wood continued: “How dare they be indignation (sic) over the very thing that makes us great? And why not honor the beauty of that in song?”
The ad featured the song “America the Beautiful” sung in multiple languages, including English. Some viewers claimed it was “un-American.”