A Microsoft holiday commercial that promotes diversity -- LGBT, Black Lives Matter and Muslims -- has drawn praise and scorn since its premier on Dec. 5 (video below).
The tech giant describes its "Microsoft Celebrates the Spirit of the Season" ad on its website:
This year has been challenging for many and much of what we hear in the news can be negative. We wanted to lift people up and remind them that ordinary people can make a difference. Our message focuses on the spirit of the holidays, people coming together and celebrating what is good and right with the world -- what unites us, instead of what divides us. We hope you enjoy.
The ad features 7 -year-old Zea Bowling, who waved a pro-LGBT rainbow flag at an anti-gay preacher only one day after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2015 that same-sex marriage could not be banned in any state, the Daily Mail notes.
The ad also includes Muslim-American activist Mona Haydar, a Black Lives Matter protest, African-American child activist Zianna Oliphant, Officer Bobby White who played basketball with some black youths, transgender reality TV star Jazz Jennings, pro-migrant activist Christopher Catrambone who spearheaded a rescue at sea, and artists Joel Artista and Hawa Diallo who push for social change through their work.
In response to the ad, Bill Donohue, who heads the Catholic League, said Microsoft was "exploiting Christmas" by "pushing the LGBT agenda."
"If the bi-coastal elites at Microsoft really believe in diversity, then let them have their LGBT celebrations in June during gay pride month, and leave December to Christians," Donohue added.
The conservative FrontPage Mag gave its opinion:
You really have to be living in a huge left-wing bubble to think that a raft of left-wing causes and talking points will unite rather than divide. It comes off as left-wing propaganda to anyone outside the bubble. But it's not going to score many points on the left because it's just so nakedly cynical and commercial. It's hard to think of a worse "Spirit of the Season" than an ad that offends everyone.