In the minute-long ad, Carell attempts to explain to a group of diners that the soft drink is better than Coke and “more than OK.”
“Is Pepsi OK? Is Pepsi OK?” he exclaims. “Are puppies OK? Is a shooting star OK? Is the laughter of a small child OK?” Carell asks the waiter.
To help make the actor’s point, the camera pans to Lil Jon, who belts out his “OH-KAY” catchphrase. Then Cardi struts into the diner making her signature “Okurrr” sound as her five-time platinum single, “I Like It” featuring J Balvin and Bad Bunny, blasts through the speakers.
The rap star then sits in the booth and taps on a bedazzled can of Pepsi with her long fingernails. The commercial ends with Carell trying to emulate both “OKs” but he has little success.
“I’ve gotta come up with my own catchphrase,” he concludes.
Watch the commercial below. A 30-second version will air during the Super Bowl on Feb. 3.
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Christina Santi is a news and culture writer for EBONY.com. Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, she considers herself a well-read, not so traditional feminist with a heavy interest in music, fashion and pop culture. Christina currently lives in New York City, where she refers to her Cuban & Jamaican descent often while writing about her experiences as a first-generation Afro-Latinx in America. She also devotes time writing personalized reading material for her tutees and turning ideas into words for streetwear brand, PUER By Noel Bronson.