Fitting that 30 years after the release of Red Dawn, we'd see the most vile, evil, pernicious, odious corporation in America, Coca-Cola, release a commercial celebrating what amounts to untenable values.
|1984's Red Dawn: Just before the Soviet occupiers of a white American town execute dissidents, those patriotic Americans face their doom together in song; they sing 'America the Beautiful'|
If we don't believe in any unifying force, why would we be expected to die defending this nebulous idea that has become America?
"America the Beautiful."
In Red Dawn (the John Milius version), the horrifying, harrowing scene of American citizens being executed by Soviet-aligned forces - in Colorado, which in 1984 was a state very much like Wyoming today - as they sang "American the Beautiful" actually meant something, evoking real emotion.
When Coca-Cola ran their "America the Beautiful" commercial during Super Bowl 48, the words of former Blackwater CEO Erik Prince ran true -- "there's very little advantage to being an American anymore."
|Coca-Cola's 2014 commercial, where non-whites sing (almost exclusively in languages besides English) 'America the Beautiful'|
It's funny: the New York Times ran a sneering review of Red Dawn back in 1984, taking special notice of the "America the Beautiful' scene:
The younger players, among them Patrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell and Lea Thompson, are adequate but less memorable. Their roles consist mainly of carrying out small-scale military maneuvers and reacting to such awful spectacles as the image of a band of Calumet citizens being executed by a firing squad. They sing ''America the Beautiful'' just before they're shot - but their patriotism is not in question, and the movie might have been a little less overbearing without the song.When white people dared sing a song (though it was just a movie, it's a powerful reminder that we once had a unifying culture... and culture is a byproduct of race) at a moment of peril, the New York Times deemed it "overbearing"; when non-whites sing the same song (in multiple languages), the entire political left in America rejoices.
There's no reason to be mad at what's happened to America.
There's no reason to cry over what has been lost.