This Dr Pepper Ad Is Not Anti-Christian

Earlier today, Dr Pepper posted this amusing ad on its Facebook page:

It’s cute and very scientifically inaccurate :)

But unlike some of the other recent clever ads aiming to make a political point, Dr Pepper’s promoters were clearly just having some fun.

Nearly two thousand comments later, you would think this has become the next battle in the culture wars: Are you for or against Dr Pepper? (Even more entertaining: Chick-fil-A sells the drink. CONTROVERSY!)

Admittedly, looking through the comments, I can’t differentiate between actual Christians and Poes. So who knows how many real Christians are actually taking any offense to this.

Still, that won’t stop everyone else from having some fun at their expense. As one Redditor noted, “The day your faith is shaken by a Dr. Pepper ad is the day you should probably start reconsidering your faith.”

And there’s also this brilliant retort: “If Dr Pepper evolved then why does Mr. Pibb still exist?”

(Thanks to Brian for the link!)

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  • http://www.facebook.com/jasontorpy Jason Torpy

    Dr Pepper, the agnostic beverage, 
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUmnkYF0fG8

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/ Kevin_Of_Bangor

      I loved that episode of South Park.

    • http://www.facebook.com/AnonymousBoy Larry Meredith

      Oddly, Safeway has a storebrand of Root Beer that tastes a lot like Dr. Pepper.

  • Jenny

    You know, I’ve never even DRANK Dr Pepper before. I guess now I’ll have to try some!

    • Xeon2000

      Looks like their controversial (intended or not) marketing scheme paid off.

  • Sam B

    Love Dr Pepper. Sometimes think it was the main reason I worked in the US for so long.

    It is now available here (in New Zealand), but is not that common & is quite expensive.

    Also like the ad.

  • http://twitter.com/TominousTone Thomas Lawson

    I Poe’d. Couldn’t help it. When ya gotta Poe, you gotta Poe. Sorry if I ruined anyone’s analytics.

  • http://twitter.com/headphase Tim Brown

    but boycotting Chik-fil-a is totally different

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/ Kevin_Of_Bangor

      Swing and a miss…..

    • LesterBallard

      Is Dr. Pepper trying to prevent others from having rights they claim themselves? Did Dr. Pepper give money to an organization that that used part of that money to lobby the US Government to not criticize Uganda for the beyond Draconian laws they were passing? Laws that not only would have made being GLBT a crime, but provided the death penalty for this so called crime?

      The way I see it, if you don’t support criticism of those kinds of laws, you’re for those kinds of laws. And if you’re for those kinds of laws in another country, you would be for those kinds of laws in this country. So, fuck Chik -fil-a, fuck Dan Cathy, fuck the Family Research Council.

    • Coyotenose

       You’re just… absolutely terrible at this.

    • ImRike

       Haha, maybe now we have to go to Chik-fil-a and buy a cup of Dr. Pepper there!

  • lynnnoe

    If your faith is shaken by a Dr. Pepper..step back before you open the bottle.

    • http://gloomcookie613.tumblr.com GloomCookie613

      Aaaaand soda burns when expelled through the nostrils. Owwwie. Nice one!

  • http://profiles.google.com/conticreative Marco Conti

    I only drink the stuff if it is made from cane sugar. You have to look all over to find it (or online, but what fun is that?) but it’s delicious and it comes in an old fashioned bottle.

    Coke with cane sugar and in the old fashioned bottle is also very good but available at Costo by the case so I buy a case a week for the family.

    • Tim

      A case a weel!  That cannot be good for you

  • Baby_Raptor

    Note to christianists: Not everything is about you. In fact, you MAKE way more things about you than actually are because of your egos.

    Shut the Fuck up already. 

  • http://twitter.com/markdturner Mark Turner

    I loved that Oreo ad from a couple of months back, I thought their one from the iPhone lanuch was even funnier - 
    http://lolsnaps.com/upload_pic/EvenOreoIsMockingTheiPhone-99261.png

  • cipher

    Evolution is a lie. No one has ever seen a Dr. Pepper turn into a Coke.

  • http://www.facebook.com/AnonymousBoy Larry Meredith

    if this is offensive in any way, it would be because it denigrates evolution by misrepresenting it with scientific inaccuracies. But we don’t have a persecution complex, so we don’t take it seriously. Many Christians just have a weird desire to feel oppressed, so they’ll tell themselves this ad somehow perpetuates an anti Christian creation idea forced on them by society.

  • cipher

    If the evil Darwinists were correct, we’d see some weird hybrid, like a “Dr. Coker”. An abomination unto the Lord!

    • walkamungus

      What the heck do you think New Coke was?

      • cipher

        Oh, er, uh… that was microevolution, not macro! No one has ever seen a soft drink turn into an entirely different beverage!

        • TheBlackCat

           Crystal clear pepsi

          • cipher

            Clear Pepsi was a notorious hoax!

            • Deven Kale

              No way, I’ve seen it before! I swear it! It was in a box in my garage for weeks!

              • cipher

                It was a fake concocted by the evilutionists – like Piltdown Man.

                They just want to be able to drink any beverage they like and not be held accountable!

      • sijd

        An abomination unto the Lord!

  • Fentwin

    Would these folks feel better perhaps if an ad was produced that depicted a loving god drowning his creation in a flood of Dr Pepper? Maybe the ad could show Noah hauling up buckets of carbonated ambrosia which he then shares with all of his passengers. Of course he’d have to pick out all the the putrid remains of the this loving god’s victims, but thats a small detail.

    • TheBlackCat

      You win this thread.

  • newavocation

    Can’t wait till an ad is mistaken for a depiction of Muhammad

    • pagansister

       What is unfortunate is that if that happened, there would be more killings in he Middle East! 

  • Fightermcwarrior

    The Catholic Church accepted evolution in 1950 and again in 1996 when they made their views more concrete.  Christianity has come to terms with evolution, the only place you find a problem with this anymore is within the Southern United States.  These members of the Christian faith are increasingly taking the Mormon standard of deviating from all other Christian dogma.

  • pagansister

    Clever, well done ad.   

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/FDGYHBEWVNGUG763L5X4TON3JQ Nazani14

    David Naughton drank Dr. Pepper and he turned into a werewolf:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvCTaccEkMI 


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