“The View” Slams Pepsi Commercial, Whoopi Goldberg Defends Kendall Jenner
Most of “The View” co-hosts slammed the controversial Pepsi commercial on Wednesday, but Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar came to Kendall Jenner’s defense. Watch below.
As Gossip Cop reported, Jenner’s Pepsi commercial shows her ditching a photo shoot to join a protest march. She then goes on the police line, and hands one of the cops a can of soda. As they both smile, the crowd erupts in cheers. The ad has been slammed for appropriating the resistance movement and minimizing police brutality.
After showing a clip on the ABC talk show, it was completely silent, prompting Whoopi Goldberg to crack, “Left everybody speechless.” Joy Behar then asked, “What is the point of this?” Responded Goldberg, “I think she’s saying is that if you’re part of the movement, you’re drinking Pepsi.”
Jedediah Bila then voiced some serious objections, saying, “This made it look like a block party, like everyone’s having a good time.” She went on to say of protesters, regardless of the cause, “These are people who are deeply committed to values and worried [about serious issues]… It’s not a party, and this minimized their fight.”
Sara Haines said she initially saw “inclusiveness,” and it even reminded her of the famous Coca-Cola “Hilltop” ad. “But when it got to the police line, that’s when I got uncomfortable,” she confessed. Sunny Hostin also complained, “It’s also sort of appropriating the Black Lives Matter movement to sell soda pop… This makes a mockery of what people are standing for at grave consequences.”
Behar, however, defended Jenner, saying, “Why blame her? Blame Pepsi. Pepsi gave her the money [to do this].” Responded Hostin, “I’m just surprised she didn’t know better. How did it get this far?… If you watch or read anything, you know that it’s offensive.”
Golderg disagreed. “I don’t know if it’s offensive. I think maybe it’s her trying to say something that says we’re all one. She’s trying to do something good and I’m not pissed her. And yes, sometimes these protests were big parties,” the moderator argued.
She further said, “I don’t know if it’s tone deaf. I just think this is her way of trying to say, ‘Hey, listen, let’s be a little more inclusive.'” Check out the video below.
UPDATE: On Wednesday afternoon, a few hours after “The View” broadcast, Pepsi announced it was pulling the ad. The statement says, “Pepsi was trying to project a global message of unity, peace and understanding. Clearly we missed the mark and we apologize. We did not intend to make light of any serious issue. We are pulling the content and halting any further roll-out. We also apologize for putting Kendall Jenner in this position.”