I get being contrarian, more than you could ever understand. But some things simply can’t be argued in favor of, and the Kendall Jenner Pepsi commercial is one of them. Unlike a certain past controversial Pepsi ad, it is statementless–its lack of consideration of a message actually speaking larger volumes regarding just how oblivious to reality someone with a lot of money and a specific racial background (yeah, white) can be.
But more than fueling the fire of contempt for the white girl, the Pepsi ad has now bred a new source of disdain, this time for the “man” defending it. Yes, the only extra from the bizarre-in-its-indifference, pro-police piece of propaganda who has spoken out in the aftermath is arguing that the majority of the people on set were culled from Thailand and most likely didn’t fully understand where any source of offense from Americans might derive from (which is obviously why they agreed to act in the commercial, as no self-respecting American familiar with the racially charged divide between police and the Black Lives Matter movement would go through with appearing in such a vehicle, regardless of being able to put something “legitimate” on his or her resume).
In addition to touting that the Pepsi folk assured a message of “unity,” the “man,” strategically and understandably choosing to remain anonymous, commented, “It’s like, I was just doing my job. They asked me to be in the commercial.” And that’s where the whole complicity thing that’s been blowing up the Merriam-Webster site of late comes in. One can feign the Mariah defense of “I don’t know her”/it, but as the world becomes an ever-mounting hotbed of catastrophe thanks to apathy, the citadel of feigned ignorance really doesn’t work for anyone.