Today in You Guys Are Really Bumming Us Out News: At first we didn’t think Dr. Pepper was looking for a fight when planning their “Evolution of Flavor” Facebook promo spot, but then we remembered that this is America and they should have known better.
The mildly amusing ad, which casts the peculiar soda as the “missing link” in the evolutionary chain between beast and man, has accumulated 25,000 likes and 3,500 comments in less than 24 hours. What are people saying about it? Oh, the usual: Evolution is a myth and I’m offended, God is fake and you’re all idiots, spelling is overrated—the list goes on. Quite a few individuals have even announced their plans to “boycott” Dr. Pepper products without realizing that, by bringing attention to the brand, they’re playing right into the hands of the sugar-water heathens…
And, of course, the whole mini-controversy also inspired an extended thread on Reddit. This is the world in which we live.
We’re mostly shocked to learn that 13 million people like Dr. Pepper–we always found its taste a little odd and indescribable, which may be why we enjoyed this 2011 spot: