Claim: A Middle Eastern advertisement created by Coca-Cola depicts the Coke logo emblazoned on the Dome of the Rock.
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2002]
I recently received, through email, this photo of a Coca-Cola advertisement in Israel. It basically emblazons their trademark over the Dome of the Rock. As a Muslim, of Arab heritage, I am outraged & disgusted.
Origins: The Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, a shrine for Islamic pilgrims constructed at the behest of the
Coca-Cola would have to be both crass and foolish to emblazon their logo upon such a holy shrine for advertising purposes, and
As shown on a related page, this graphic is one of a series of similar images that employ Coca-Cola imagery to urge the boycotting of Coca-Cola and other American-based multinational corporations. Whatever side one might take in political matters, however, a moderate familiarity with the history of The Coca-Cola Company should be sufficient to disabuse anyone of the notion that Coca-Cola would create the graphic equivalent of a graffiti-defaced holy shrine for advertising purposes: for decades Coca-Cola has been one of the world's leading companies in demonstrating a remarkable savvy for tailoring their products and advertisements in accordance with local cultures and customs all over the globe, and the press statement released in response to this issue by Coca-Cola is no idle boast on their part:
We are aware of false advertisements featuring holy sites in the Middle East that have been circulating on the Internet. The advertisements are fabricated and have not been produced by The Coca-Cola Company. The Coca-Cola Company has full respect for the cultures and religions in all of the nearly
|Coca-Cola statement on false advertisements (Coca-Cola)|
Last updated: 30 November 2007