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Banned Super Bowl commercial featuring Scarlett Johansson posted online

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LOS ANGELES — Soda-making machine company SodaStream has posted a commercial they claim was “banned” from running during this year’s Super Bowl.

The “banned” commercial features Scarlett Johansson discussing the advantages of SodaStream over other carbonated beverages. At the end of the commercial, Johansson turns to the camera and says, “Sorry, Coke and Pepsi.”

According to Yahoo, the commercial was rejected by Fox and recut to feature a different line that does not reference either soda company.

A spokesperson for Coca-Cola told USA Today the company did not pressure Fox about the commercial.

Daniel Birnbaum, CEO of SodaStream, says SodaStream will drop the line because it has little choice.

“If I could get my money back, I’d be happy to be out of that deal.”

Last year’s commercial was reportedly banned because it featured Pepsi and Coke delivery trucks.

Read more: USA Today

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