Martin Luther King Jr. would be extremely proud of his daughter if he were alive today.
After Pepsi released an ad on Tuesday essentially mocking the Black Lives Matter movement, the company decided to pull the ad after receiving substantial backlash.
The ad features model and reality TV star Kendall Jenner handing a can of Pepsi to a police officer during a protest, as a track by Bob Marley’s grandson Skip Marley plays in the background. Multicultural activists in the crowd are seen carrying signs that read “join the movement” and “love.”
Although the ad seemingly set the internet into a frenzy, one person in particular found it extremely offensive — and for good reason.
The daughter of civil rights icons Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, Bernice King, took to Twitter in sarcastically condemn the ad, writing:
‘If only Daddy would have known about the power of #Pepsi.’
— Be A King (@BerniceKing) April 5, 2017
It’s obvious King feels compelled to live up to her parents legacy and continue advocating for Civil Rights causes. After all, if ads like the one Pepsi just released are still something major corporations believe serve a purpose in modern day America, we very much need individuals like King to step up and speak out.
However, this isn’t the first time King has used her platform to speak out about political issues facing our nation. What with President Donald Trump at the head of the United States government, there’s never really a shortage of scandals to comment on.
In fact, just last month, King posted 10 steps to her Facebook page, Be A King, regarding how to deal with President Trump and take back our democracy:
- Don’t use his name; EVER (45 will do)
- Remember this is a regime and he’s not acting alone;
- Do not argue with those who support him–it doesn’t work;
- Focus on his policies, not his orange-ness and mental state;
- Keep your message positive; they want the country to be angry and fearful because this is the soil from which their darkest policies will grow;
- No more helpless/hopeless talk;
- Support artists and the arts;
- Be careful not to spread fake news. Check it;
- Take care of yourselves; and
Watch the tone-deaf Pepsi ad below, via YouTube:
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