Dr Pepper Evolution Ad On Facebook Leads To Controversy

Beverage company Dr Pepper became the latest brand on Facebook to discover that when interacting with a social network that boasts more than 955 million average monthly users, many of those users lack a sense of humor.

Mashable reported that an ad posted to the Dr Pepper Facebook page, which poked fun at evolution by having an ape evolve into a man after discovering a can of Dr Pepper, drew instant backlash from some Facebook members.

At the time of this post, the ad had reached totals of more than 25,000 likes, nearly 2,500 shares, and more than 3,600 comments, in just under 24 hours.

If you go by the theory that even bad publicity is good publicity, those numbers bring to mind recent controversies over Facebook posts by Chick-Fil-A and Oreo, both related to gay marriage, which sent those pages’ engagement numbers skyrocketing.

Some of the negative comments on the Dr Pepper ad, as reported by Mashable, were:

My ancestors were created in the Garden of Eden. I ain’t no freaking chimp. No more Dr Pepper for my household. God Bless y’all.

This is showing the theory of men evolving from apes. I have lost all respect for Dr Pepper, and if Dr Pepper wants business from thousands of people, they will need to apologize.

And our favorite pro-Dr Pepper post, via Mashable, was:

The day your faith gets shaken by a Dr Pepper ad is the day you should probably start reconsidering your faith.

Readers: Were you offended by the Dr Pepper evolution ad, or do you think the controversy over it is ridiculous?

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