Monday, September 19, 2005

Drink Coke - It's the Real Thing !!!!

America's "Long Middle Finger"An awkward description of the U.S. as "the long middle finger" of the world set off a blogosphere brouhaha for PepsiCo (PEP ) President and CFO Indra Nooyi.

Speaking at Columbia University on May 15, Nooyi likened five major continents to her hand -- with the U.S. (not a continent) the middle one and Africa the often-ignored pinkie. As she put it: "Each of us...must be careful that when we extend our arm in a business or political sense, we take pains to assure we are giving a hand...not the finger. . . .

Unfortunately, I think this is how the rest of the world looks at the U.S.

A burst of online outrage followed, forcing Pepsi to post an apology on its Web page.

Nooyi issued a statement saying: "I love America unshakably" and "am extremely grateful" for its opportunities, but has yet to offer a personal apology for her insulting remarks.

(We have not permitted Pepsi products in our home since May.)

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