The Benetton clothing company has withdrawn an ad featuring a fake photo of Pope Benedict XVI kissing a top Egyptian imam on the lips after the Vatican denounced it as an unacceptable provocation….Benetton had said its “Unhate” campaign… was aimed at fostering tolerance and “global love.”
The campaign’s fake photos feature a half-dozen purported political nemeses in lip-locked embraces, including President Barack Obama and Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Il and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak. — stuff.com
Gosh, international leaders are so sensitive. On the bright side, the Vatican doesn’t believe in fatwa. It prefers worldwide Crusades and discrete hit men, depending on circumstances.
This was a bad idea from the get-go, so bad it hurts my head thinking about what they were thinking when they went ahead with it. Who in his right mind thinks images of two men exchanging passionate kisses inspires thoughts of anything but homosexual lust? Which is fine in its place — but this is Benetton, not Ben Wa.
Was Jerry Sandusky behind this? (pardon the expression). Maybe they aren’t having sex, “just horsing around.”
I suppose we should be grateful that kisses between leaders were restricted to the lips. A little ATM action might prove too politically biased.
I nominate this ad for the Francis Macomber award.