Dear aggressively monolingual Americans:
I get it. You wanted to just watch a football game, but the Broncos refused to play. So you at least wanted to see some cool commercials while you ate wings and pizza. But there, in between Quvenzhane Wallis’ awesome Maserati ad and the cheek-pinchingly cute Cheerios kid, was the Coke ad. With people singing ‘America the Beautiful.’ NOT IN ENGLISH.
We’re a nation of immigrants. I don’t know how much I can stress this. We just are. If you’re mad people aren’t speaking God’s own language, you should really be brushing up on whatever indigenous language was/is spoken where you are. Some later immigrants, like my Californio great-great grandfather and grandmother, found themselves suddenly Americans with very little choice in the matter.
'So sing it in English,' the Internets say, except even when us people with different skin tone and last names do that, who are native-born Americans do that, people lose it. When cute, adorable little kids sing the FREAKING NATIONAL ANTHEM, in English, and wear something that’s not blue jeans and a t-shirt (I guess), the vitriol comes pouring in.
We’re not going to stop singing. We’re not going to stop living here, because we like this country as much as you, love it as much as you. We just want a little harmony, and really, is that so bad a thing?