I've just received the Pepsi Flag Hoax Email for the ten thousandth time since 2001. Will people ever learn to stop believing this trash??? I'm posting the email complete with email addresses so the spambots can send these people even more garbage.
This email forward calls on US citizens to boycott the Pepsi Company on the grounds that they are unpatriotic and anti-Christian. It claims that a new "patriotic can" that is to be released has the Pledge of Allegiance on it but omits the words "Under God." Naturally, such a can might raise the ire of patriotic US citizens, especially those that are Christians. Many would feel so strongly about the issue that they would indeed boycott Pepsi products in protest.
However, the claim in the message is completely untrue. Pepsi has no plans for such a can, nor has it ever produced a can that features the Pledge of Allegiance, complete or abridged. It is therefore not surprising that in spite of the fact that the email has been circulating for several years, the alleged Pledge of Allegiance can has not yet made an appearance.
The Pepsi company has published the following statement on its website denying the rumour:
You've received an erroneous email about a "patriotic can" that Pepsi allegedly produced with an edited version of America's Pledge of Allegiance. The truth is, Pepsi never produced such a can. In fact, this is a hoax that has been circulating on the Internet for more than four years. A patriotic package used in 2001 by Dr Pepper (which is not a part of PepsiCo) was inappropriately linked to Pepsi.This pointless rumour apparently arose from a similar "protest" email surrounding patriotic packaging used by another drink manufacturer, Dr Pepper. The Dr Pepper packaging featured just a few words from the Pledge of Allegiance and these words did not include "Under God". As Pepsi's statement on the issue reveals, Pepsi is in no way affiliated with Dr Pepper and it is unclear how or why Pepsi became the target of later versions of the protest email.
Moreover, it is highly improbable that Dr Pepper intended the omission of "Under God" as any kind of political or anti-Christian message. Back in 2002, Dr Pepper published the following statement clarifying the company's position on the issue...
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Sent: Monday, September 5, 2011 8:41 PM
Subject: Fw: Fwd: Don't buy Pepsi in New Flag can
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Subject: Fwd: Don't buy Pepsi in New Flag can
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