In the second of my non-alcoholic blog trifecta (cocaine isn’t alcohol people!), Pepsi is still trying to shoot down rumors that Pepsi released patriotic themed cans of cola after September 11. Ironically enough, I heard about this on Pepsi’s website, under the “false rumor alert” tab in the company section of the website. Does Pepsi have to refute so many rumors that is has a dedicated section of the website for it? Can I sign up for Pepsi “false rumor alert” RSS feed and get up to the minute false rumors delivered to my iPhone? Weirder yet, the rumors stem from as far back as 2001, yet for some reason are still being publicized on Pepsi’s site.
The particular rumor says that Pepsi released a patriotic can which included the Pledge of Allegiance, but omitted “under God” from the wording. Snopes.com goes into great detail about the rumor, which somehow also includes Coca-Cola and Dr. Pepper, both of which are separate companies from Pepsi, and resulted in angered Americans boycotting the brands and writing letters saying things such as “We called on God on 9-11 so what’s wrong with him now…I don’t know about you, but as a Christian, their position offends me! I am boycotting their products!”
NOW, it should be said that in an effort to capitalize on the attacks of September 11, Dr. Pepper DID release a “pledge can” that had a very early 90s looking graphic of the statue of liberty and a select phrase from the Pledge of Allegiance, “One Nation…Indivisible”, so it could be said that Dr. Pepper indeed did omit “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance on their cans, but that is the kind of shallow argument someone like Steve Heimoff would make, and irrelevant to the claims made by the boycotters’.
Hell of an interesting story though…