Finally, Jenner reaches into an ice-filled bucket and pulls out a can of Pepsi, which she brings to one of the thirsty cops, who happily chugs it. “Live bolder, live louder, live for now,” reads the ad’s concluding message.
While the ad may have attempted to tap into the burgeoning political activism that’s catching fire with American youth in the wake of U.S. President Donald Trump’s election victory, it seems to be having the opposite effect, based on this sampling of Twitter reaction; even Silicon Valley star Kumail Nanjiani weighs in.
So we should just give Putin & Assad & Trump a can of Pepsi & everything will be fine?— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) April 4, 2017
who else is reminded of Dr Martin Luther King's famously resonant "I have a Pepsi" speech pic.twitter.com/xX5h3it3d1— Scott Ludlam (@SenatorLudlam) April 4, 2017
If I had carried Pepsi I guess I never would've gotten arrested. Who knew?— deray mckesson (@deray) April 5, 2017
we should all send monthly donations 2 pepsi n kendall jenner. the leaders of the resistance— BRANDON WARDELL (@BRANDONWARDELL) April 4, 2017
Following the furor, Pepsi released a statement in defense of the ad: “This is a global ad that reflects people from different walks of life coming together in a spirit of harmony,” it reads, “and we think that’s an important message to convey.”