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Speech by Pepsico President (spreading anti-American views? America as "middle finger" to the world)
Pepsico ^ | May 18, 2005 | Indra Nooyi

Posted on 05/18/2005 11:26:47 AM PDT by 68skylark

Pepsico has now released a copy of the speech from the Columbia Business School greaduation. (This is the speech by their president, Indra Nooyi, which some have claimed to be straongly anti-American.)

http://www.pepsico.com/Speech-ColumbiaBusinessSchool.pdf

For those of you who haven't been following this in the last few days, the good folks at Powerline have been all over it.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: americophobia; campus; columbiau; commencement; indranooyi; pepsico

1 posted on 05/18/2005 11:26:48 AM PDT by 68skylark
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To: 68skylark

The rest of the world does not understand what the middle finger means.


2 posted on 05/18/2005 11:29:44 AM PDT by handy old one (It is unbecoming for young men to utter maxims. Aristotle)
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To: 68skylark

No Pepsi. Coke.


3 posted on 05/18/2005 11:32:08 AM PDT by henkster (When democrats talk of "the rich," they are referring to anyone with a private sector job.)
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To: 68skylark

So let me get this straight: We should not be making fun of HOLES IN THE FLOOR WHERE PEOPLE POOP IN? OMG, I would be laughing my arse off at those backward dolts. Wasn't the toilet invented like a gazillion years ago?!?


4 posted on 05/18/2005 11:32:33 AM PDT by steel_resolve
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To: 68skylark
Reading the speech, I found it pretty unremarkable: not so much anti-American in any profound sense but thoroughly permeated by an underlying "Ugly American" attitude towards our actions in the world.

Oh, well, I don't drink Pepsi, anyway. Nor should anyone else who loves America.

5 posted on 05/18/2005 11:39:40 AM PDT by CatoRenasci (Ceterum Censeo Arabiam Esse Delendam -- Forsan et haec olim meminisse iuvabit)
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To: steel_resolve
It's a fair point that a gracious guest doesn't make fun of his hosts, even if their standards are not his. And cetainly, even a relatively ungracious guest doesn't publicly make fun of his hosts.

After all, Americans have a negative reaction when people from abroad make fun of our peculiar habits.

6 posted on 05/18/2005 11:42:34 AM PDT by CatoRenasci (Ceterum Censeo Arabiam Esse Delendam -- Forsan et haec olim meminisse iuvabit)
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To: 68skylark
here is a picture of the wench
7 posted on 05/18/2005 11:43:01 AM PDT by minus_273
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To: 68skylark

After reading the entire speech, I don't see anything wrong with it. A lot of Americans are boorish in foreign countries. I've seen them in action.


8 posted on 05/18/2005 11:43:20 AM PDT by stinkerpot65
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To: 68skylark

I thought Pepsico was supposed to be a Republican company. It was Nixon who got them into the Soviet Union's market.


9 posted on 05/18/2005 11:43:40 AM PDT by Paleo Conservative (Hey! Hey! Ho! Ho! Andrew Heyward's got to go!)
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To: 68skylark

Pepsico brands and companies:

http://www.pepsico.com/company/brands.shtml


10 posted on 05/18/2005 11:43:43 AM PDT by RJL
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To: steel_resolve
So let me get this straight: We should not be making fun of HOLES IN THE FLOOR WHERE PEOPLE POOP IN? OMG, I would be laughing my arse off at those backward dolts. Wasn't the toilet invented like a gazillion years ago?!?

Yeah, how many millions (or tens of millions) of kids die each year from cholera and other diseases related to bad sanitation? But when Americans point this out, we're somehow the bad guys? It doesn't make sense.

11 posted on 05/18/2005 11:45:17 AM PDT by 68skylark
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To: stinkerpot65
A lot of Americans are boorish in foreign countries. I've seen them in action.

Well lots of Frenchmen are boorish in their own country.

12 posted on 05/18/2005 11:45:23 AM PDT by Paleo Conservative (Hey! Hey! Ho! Ho! Andrew Heyward's got to go!)
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To: CatoRenasci
It's a fair point that a gracious guest doesn't make fun of his hosts, even if their standards are not his. And cetainly, even a relatively ungracious guest doesn't publicly make fun of his hosts.

After all, Americans have a negative reaction when people from abroad make fun of our peculiar habits.

And painting a whole nation, undoubtedly your largest customer base by far, with the actions of a few folks in China is gracious?

It's not good business to alienate your base customers.

13 posted on 05/18/2005 11:47:07 AM PDT by RJL
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To: 68skylark

She talks about economics on all the fingers except the ring finger which she deviates and talks about romance in South America including Latin America. Odd!


14 posted on 05/18/2005 11:52:01 AM PDT by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: Paleo Conservative

True. But France isn't a superpower that dominates the world. It doesn't matter how the French behave.

The point is that all the good work our troops are doing in Iraq can be undone by the behavior of a few idiots. That is her point.

Because of who we are and what we do, we stand out. People in foreign countries watch us carefully to see how we behave.

Going to a poor country like China and publicly making fun of their living conditions is reprehensible. Their government is evil, but the common people there need to see us as their friends.

It's called "winning hearts and minds". We owe that to our troops who are fighting and dying around the world.


15 posted on 05/18/2005 11:54:19 AM PDT by stinkerpot65
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To: Paleo Conservative

Too true!


16 posted on 05/18/2005 11:54:55 AM PDT by hsalaw
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To: RJL
And painting a whole nation, undoubtedly your largest customer base by far, with the actions of a few folks in China is gracious?

No, but people do it: whether it's Chinese who see some boorish Americans in Beijing or Americans who react similarly to foreign criticism of the US.

I'm not suggesting the bimbette who gave the speech didn't have a bad case of the "ugly Americans" -- only that there really are Americans who behave boorishly abroad and it's not a bad think to remind graduates that it reflects ill on the whole country.

17 posted on 05/18/2005 11:58:35 AM PDT by CatoRenasci (Ceterum Censeo Arabiam Esse Delendam -- Forsan et haec olim meminisse iuvabit)
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To: Paleo Conservative

I think Pepsi was once run by Joan Crawford, if I'm not mistaken. She isn't their first witch. Ps, I drink Stewart's Key Lime and other fancy stuff when I can.


18 posted on 05/18/2005 11:59:41 AM PDT by graycamel
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To: 68skylark

Lighten up, guys and gals. The graduation speakers at the London Business School or INSEAD could have given a similar "global citizen speech." Drunken loud mouths are the same whatever their place of birth.

What is of more note is her perception of Latin America as the third finger because of the Samba, the antediluvian notion that Europe points anywhere but backwards and the condescending notion that Africa is a largely meaningless appendage. This total lack of cultural sensitivity (and intelligence) in a speech about cultural sensitivity and, god help us, emotional intelligence makes me want to pick up the phone and short Pepsico. Still metaphors are seldom perfect.

P.S. Personally, I am a green tea man.


19 posted on 05/18/2005 12:01:50 PM PDT by bjc (Check the data!!)
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To: henkster

Coke of Mexico was once run by Vicente Fox, and I'm not thrilled with him either.


20 posted on 05/18/2005 12:01:58 PM PDT by graycamel
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To: graycamel

At least Mexican Coke has real cane sugar rather than that horrendous corn syrup.


21 posted on 05/18/2005 12:05:53 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative (Hey! Hey! Ho! Ho! Andrew Heyward's got to go!)
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To: 68skylark

The speech is pitifully boneheaded politically, and insultingly condescending to boot. Nooyi is a moral preener in the great liberal tradition, a fool who thinks her own poop doesn't stink, whether deposited through a hole in a Chinese floor or in an American commode at Pepsi headquarters.


22 posted on 05/18/2005 12:14:35 PM PDT by beckett
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To: steel_resolve

I was travelling through Europe in the summer of 1992. I went to Rome from Wiesbaden on a train. When my buddy and I arrived at Rome, I went into one of the station's huge restrooms. I was dumbfounded that the toilets were simply holes in the floor - all lined up, no dividers between them. Needless to say, I waited until I got to the hotel. Rome, in 1992!!


23 posted on 05/18/2005 12:28:23 PM PDT by andyk (Go Matt Kenseth!)
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To: andyk

Try Paris, France, 2005. We stopped at a bar and went downstairs to use the bathroom. Yes, it was a hole in the floor. I, too, waited until I got back to the hotel.


24 posted on 05/18/2005 12:47:03 PM PDT by MRobert (MRobert)
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To: stinkerpot65
Oh really?

Do they crash planes into buildings?

Do they cut the heads of those they consider 'infidels'?

25 posted on 05/18/2005 1:10:44 PM PDT by OldFriend (MAJOR TAMMY DUCKWORTH.....INSPIRATIONAL)
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To: lilylangtree
The thumb is by far the most important digit, with the index finger being second.

She was either trying to be cute and imply the US is giving the middle finger to the world, or she is an idiot who is lucky to be in her position only because she lives in a country where women of her ethnicity are judged the same as everybody else.

Seems like America-loathing to me!
26 posted on 05/18/2005 1:11:50 PM PDT by Carling (FReemail me if you want articles that interest, well...me!)
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To: 68skylark

I always hated Pepsi.


27 posted on 05/18/2005 1:12:17 PM PDT by Alouette (Muslims bite the hand that feeds them, and kiss the boot that kicks them.)
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To: 68skylark
Powerline Blog has been covering this story fairly extensively. Scroll down a bit.
28 posted on 05/18/2005 1:15:17 PM PDT by prairiebreeze (Brought to you by The American Democrat Party, also known as Al Qaeda, Western Division.)
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To: stinkerpot65
Nonsense. I have traveled all over the world for decades and from my experience Americans are the best tourists out there.

Must be a personal problem on your part.

29 posted on 05/18/2005 1:18:14 PM PDT by CasearianDaoist
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To: Alouette

New Mascot: Pepsi Le Pew!

lol
30 posted on 05/18/2005 1:18:42 PM PDT by TheForceOfOne (My tagline is currently being blocked by Congressional filibuster for being to harsh.)
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To: stinkerpot65
What's wrong with it is the overt anti-Americanism, the "enlightened" Europe reference, etc.

That's not to mention that her audience was supposed to be primarily the MBAs. She could have kicked up the
intellectualism a tad.

In any case, I try to avoid Pepsico products until she is gone from the company. And the bozo(s) that put her there.

31 posted on 05/18/2005 1:49:27 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: 68skylark

I can boycott Pepsi, but I really can't give up Taco Bell.


32 posted on 05/18/2005 2:18:14 PM PDT by TaxRelief
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To: Calvin Locke
What's wrong with it is the overt anti-Americanism, the "enlightened" Europe reference, etc.

Europe is not a superpower. To me, it's like being a Christian or a conservative. We are called to a higher standard. Doesn't matter what anyone else does. It only matters what we do.

Bush wants to democratize the world. He is right, but he needs help from the rest of us.

33 posted on 05/18/2005 2:25:30 PM PDT by stinkerpot65
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To: Calvin Locke

Sierra Mist (Regular & Diet)
Slice
Lipton Brisk (Partnership)
Lipton Iced Tea(Partnership)
Dole juices and juice drinks (License)
FruitWorks juice drinks
Aquafina purified drinking water
Frappuccino ready-to-drink coffee (Partnership)
Starbucks DoubleShot (Partnership)
SoBe juice drinks, dairy, and teas
SoBe energy drinks (No Fear and Adrenaline Rush)




The place to apply pressure is the partnerships.
Starbucks would be the logical target.


34 posted on 05/18/2005 2:26:34 PM PDT by TaxRelief
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To: beckett

Nooyi is what is commonly referred to as an "affirmative action hire". (Pepsico is just so-o-o-o-o progressive, eh?)


35 posted on 05/18/2005 2:28:26 PM PDT by TaxRelief
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To: TaxRelief
I'm not sure whether this speech is anti-American enough to warrant a boycott -- I guess that's up to each individual. We report, you decide!
36 posted on 05/18/2005 2:38:40 PM PDT by 68skylark
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