Comments: Pepsico in damage control mode behind foot-in-mouth gaffe

It is impossible that this woman was unaware of how her remarks could be taken. Either that or Pepsico is in the practice of placing morons into very high paying, influential positions. If you want to write to the board as I have the email is boardofdirectors@pepsi.com
Go for it.

Posted by BobG at May 20, 2005 11:23 PM

For what it's worth...This is bound to present something of a problem for Jeff Gordon, as Pepsi is a usually a secondary sponsor, but during some races, Pepsi is shown more prominently than DuPont. It will be interesting to see his paint job at Charlotte these next two weekends.

Posted by joe-6-pack at May 21, 2005 01:45 AM

Jeez, are her comments really that bad?

Posted by princec at May 21, 2005 11:01 PM

From reading that and the actual article listed no its a perfectly reasonable and accurate analogy.

But oh my God the notion that the US could EVER act inappropriately. UN PATRIOTIC, BRING BACK HUAC.
To those getting their knickers in a twist over the analogy. Grow up.

Posted by Nick Saunders at May 22, 2005 03:51 AM

I have to agree with Haywood. I don't see the anti-Americanism in her statements. Cautionary speak on our behavior in the world is not anti-Americanism. You may disagree with her but she his hardly a raving anti-American.

Posted by Solomon Mason at May 23, 2005 10:57 AM

I thought the example of the ugly American she came up with was particularly stupid; some hotel in Beijing didn't have toilets, just a hole in the floor so some American businessmen griped about the facilities. I tend to agree with the businessmen; it's not as if this were some place out in rural China.

Posted by Brainster at May 23, 2005 06:52 PM

Hope that businessman never goes to a french roadside station. Hole in the ground is an exact description of the toilets there.

Posted by Nick Saunders at May 24, 2005 06:12 PM

Gotta admit that I'm with Nick and Haywood on this, too. I read an analogy with a cautionary message, not an anti-American rant. She advocated a clarity of message lest our mission be perceived by others -- as it clearly is -- as arrogance and wanton domination.

Pro/anti-Iraq war aside, her message was a good one, imo.

Posted by Tuning Spork at May 24, 2005 10:57 PM

I don't think her comments were too bad. She said we have the most reach an influence, while providing a central balance for the world.

Of course we can do good and evil. This was a neutral statement.

I'm going off to drink a diet Pepsi.

Posted by Bee Jiggity at May 25, 2005 01:16 PM
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