Carnival Responds to Creationists: Super Bowl Ad Wasn't About Evolution
"The advertising spot was designed to simply remind everyone of the beauty and allure of the ocean."
It seems that Carnival Corporation did not intend to spark an evolution debate with their Super Bowl commercial featuring President John F. Kennedy. After creationists expressed their extreme disapproval and outrage over the Carnival ad, THR reached out to Carnival for a response.
"The Super Bowl advertisement from Carnival Corporation included President Kennedy's distinctive voice from the speech he delivered in 1962. In the speech, he highlighted the majesty of the sea in such a way that it moved us — and we believed it would have a similar impact on others," a Carnival spokesperson told THR. "Combined with beautiful cinematography, the advertising spot was designed to simply remind everyone of the beauty and allure of the ocean and communicate the special nature of cruising on the open sea."
Creationist leader Ken Ham said that Carnival "blatantly used evolution to advertise its cruises." In particular, he was upset about the usage of Kennedy's speech, which said, "I really don’t know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea, except I think it’s because in addition to the fact that the sea changes, and the light changes, and ships change, it’s because we all came from the sea."