Well, the same tune, but different words: “I’d like to buy the world a drink / that doesn’t cause disease.’’
Real people afflicted with illnesses like Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and obesity reclaimed the song to focus on what sugar did to them.
“If not for drinking soda pop / It’s just so sugary / My liver might not be enlarged, might have a few more teeth’’ they sing.
“For the past 45 years, Coca-Cola and other makers of sugar drinks have used the most sophisticated and manipulative advertising techniques to convince children and adults alike that a disease-promoting drink will make them feel warm and fuzzy inside,’’ said CSPI executive director Michael F. Jacobson. “It’s a multi-billion-dollar brainwashing campaign designed to distract us away from our diabetes with happy thoughts. We thought it was time to change the tune.’’
Dunkin Donuts throughout the years