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Pope Benedict XVI Kisses An Imam (And Other Famous Liplocks)

November 17, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

This is the latest ad campaign for clothing store Benetton.  The campaign titled “Unhate” depicts several world leaders and global figures engaged in fake liplocks.  People depicted in the ads include President Barack Obama, Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez and French president Nicolas Sarkozy but the picture that’s drawing the most fire (that you can see above) is the one of Pope Benedict XVI kissing Sheik Ahmed el-Tayeb of Cairo’s al-Azhar institute.

The Vatican protested the photo almost as soon as the ads were revealed and the photo was removed about an hour after the Vatican denounced it as an “unacceptable manipulation of the Pope’s likeness”.

I don’t really have an issue with the ad campaign as these photos are clearly not real but I can understand how some will get their undies in a bunch over this including the Vatican who I’d assume has no sense of humor when it comes to issues like this.

A gallery of the photos can be found here.

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  1. December 9, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    Not cool. What if someone found pictures of the founder of the Benetton Group Luciano Benetton, and his brothers Gilberto and Carlo, and manipulated them into non-flattering positions. How would the family feel about that? Not cool right? I think once you become billionaires, you forget that unlike you, people have feelings. There is a certain respect you should give others. Misrepresenting someone’s sexuality for the sake of gaining attention… I just cant get behind that. I mean, why not just use the real picture of Bush the Illegitimate swapping spit with Saudi Arabian King Abdullah?

    • December 9, 2011 at 4:42 pm

      The intent obviously was to be way over the top and grab people’s attention which I guess you could say was successful. I can see people not liking the photos but I don’t think they were meant to be intentionally hurtful. Just the opposite, they were meant to promote understanding and acceptance.

      You think I have no feelings? That’s fine.

  2. December 9, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    … of course this picture of George Bush can be found @ moralrecession.com

    • December 9, 2011 at 4:42 pm

      I’ve seen it.

  3. December 11, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    Hmmmm… I cannot seem to pull up the pictures. Is it me? Or are they gone? Or the site gone?

    • December 11, 2011 at 1:12 pm

      Looks like I was just able to pull it up and see them.

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