You might remember the quiet unassuming soda Dr. Pepper from its recent foray into potentially-parody toxic masculinity with its Dr Pepper Ten campaign. It appears the company has discovered that controversy is really good for its business, so its marketers came up with a new brilliant plan: make an ad that references evolution.
“What? But that’s not controversial at all! Tons of products have obliquely mentioned evolution in a mild and tangential sort of way!” you say. And you might be right, if the intended market wasn’t heavily populated by antiscience creationists on a hair trigger.
The ad in question:
Do you remember how many creationists lined up for hours to get a chicken sandwich at Chick-Fil-A, ostensibly in defense of “freedom of speech”? What do you want to bet that there’s a heavy overlap between those folks, defending a company’s religiously-motivated bigotry against gays, and the creationists now apparently boycotting this ad?
Granted, the news of this “boycott” comes entirely from the Facebook thread linked in the first paragraph, and has yet to manifest itself in an actual boycott that anyone notices. I’d wait until any such movement picks up any steam before we start calling evolution-denying anti-gay bigots hypocrites. For now, they’re mostly all just tired old tropes like “This Advertisement is wrong. If man would have evolved from a ape there would be no apes.”
(But only on that point. You’re still free to call out their hypocrisies in deciding that humans are specially created by an infallible being and somehow that infallible being created gays that way and totally hates them.)