Red Bull drops Jesus ad

2012-03-14 15:11

Johannesburg - Energy-drink maker Red Bull says it has dropped an advertisement in South Africa after an outcry from Christians for its portrayal of Jesus Christ walking on water.

Roman Catholic bishops urged Christians not to drink Red Bull in traditional fasting for Lent ahead of Easter celebrations next month, stopping short of calling for a full commercial boycott.

The television cartoon implies Jesus walked on water because he knew where there were rocks to tread on.

South Africa's Muslim Judicial Council on Wednesday also warned of consequences of "secular extremism" against any religious faith.

In a statement, the drinks maker said its humorous advertising always looks at "well-known themes".

"It is never our intention to hurt anyone's feelings," it said.

  • ahenriquesfernandes - 2012-03-14 15:14

    Some people are taking things a little seriously.

      Jono - 2012-03-14 15:28

      If you really believe in Jesus and God (christianity), then this advert wouldnt have bothered you! Doesnt matter what someone tells you, if you really believe then this/it shouldnt affect you! People need to grow up!

      Rob - 2012-03-14 15:39

      Cancelled ad.....Divine intervention ? LOL... Loved the ad.....hate the product. Seems like the " Sunday Shufflers " win again.

      Andrew - 2012-03-14 15:41

      This round definitely went to Red Bull.....The ad had the desired effect...outrage some fanatics and get huge visibilty for the brand!!

      marnusmnorval - 2012-03-14 15:43

      I agree totally they went on and on about the ad caus they want to be heard and seen. Why do you never hear them complain about movies and why dont you ever see them running around town telling all the people who sin about jesus??

      Brigitte - 2012-03-14 15:46

      @eternity - I can see the humour in the ad, but, it is inappropriate. Respect for any persons religious icons or beliefs should go without saying. If the ad depicted Mohammed eg, do you think that the Muslim community would not have reacted? Think the Swedish cartoon - there were even death threats to that newspaper. The thing that is disgusting is that the lovely lady who answers the phone at Red Bull was subjected to abuse and swearing by so-called Christians. 'Let him who casts the first stone be without sin' I thank Red Bull for pulling the ad out of respect for our views.

      spartanx93 - 2012-03-14 15:47

      @Jono - Maybe you should grow a sense of humor!

      Rudi - 2012-03-14 15:53

      I beg Red Bull, please, pretty please, with sugar on top, make an ad like this about the muslim prophet mohammed. But they won't because muslims will take the place apart! Easy to mock Christianity but scared of other religions?

      Paul - 2012-03-14 16:05

      You only have to drink one Red Bull to know that it can't be good for you, loaded with caffine ... besides it tastes terrible!!

      Jono - 2012-03-14 16:09

      @ Spartanx93…I like the add by the way! I see the funny side of it! I don’t see the bad side of things! Try to see the lighter side!

      kayceechick - 2012-03-14 16:18

      Why are us non-christians being made to suffer for this? I think the advert is clever and funny. Hate this religious stuff being forced down my throat.

      Anwar - 2012-03-14 16:23

      Jono that is such a stupid / idiotic way of thinking It like saying if you really love your mother , then no measure of insult to her would affect you in any way emotionally. You need to grow up

      Bob - 2012-03-14 16:26

      Here we go, very soon you won't be able to say anything, have an opinion, nothing, drives me nuts, I enjoyed the old days better when people knew how to accept and have a laugh, gee nothing personal was meant by this add.

      Rob - 2012-03-14 16:30

      Apparently Red Bulls next ad features a young alter boy alone in large dimly lit room. Heavy footsteps & deep breathing are heard as " Father Rapier " moves towards the young lad. Just as all seems lost, the kid whips out a Red Bull, takes a swig, grows wings & flies to a bat out of hell ! No objections there surely or too close to the bone ?

      francois.swiegers - 2012-03-14 16:32

      @Rudi "I beg Red Bull, please, pretty please, with sugar on top, make an ad like this about the muslim prophet mohammed. But they won't because muslims will take the place apart! Easy to mock Christianity but scared of other religions?" Rudi, perhaps you would prefer if Christianity go the way of fundamentalist Islam? Wouldn't Afghanistan be a nice place to live?

      John - 2012-03-14 18:47

      Dear Eternity. I like your name. This is exactly what Jesus offers you. Yes, Jesus is serious. I dont have to defend Him as He will do it himself. Just remember He loves everybody, even those who makes fun of Him. Whether you will spend "eternity" with Him, is up to you. I would like Red Bull to do the same with Mohamed or Allah. Then you will see "SERIOUS".

      Johan - 2012-03-14 18:56

      Normally I see no problem making fun of christians, especially when they are being stupid, selfish, or otherwise deserve it. But this stunt from Red Bull is just a totally unnecessary and unacceptable commercial exploitation.

      Wendy - 2012-03-14 18:57

      @ kayceechick. Just how is the removal of the ad making you suffer? Seems you need to discover what suffering really means.

      Anwar - 2012-03-14 19:02

      same could be said about whatever it is you were taught... dont be so naive

      Nicholas - 2012-03-15 09:12

      Mission accomplished, use religion because: people will get cheesed off as expected, you will get lots of coverage as expected, people talking about it as expected, now pull the ad to make it look like we care. Cheap shot!

      Dakey - 2012-03-15 21:09

      @Rob: 'No objections there surely or too close to the bone ? ' Could easily be a father and his daughter, or a girl and her uncle. It's not funny either way, just as making fun of someone's faith is not funny. Then againt there will always be those that think making fun of other's misfortune (e.g. Mandela in prison) should be fair game for their benefit

      Alfred - 2012-03-19 19:00

      @ Rudi De Wet Fatwa envy much. Do you really want christians issuing death threats and going on rabid riots that result in deaths just for a cartoon? @ Anwar what Jono was saying is that he is secure about his beliefs and is not threatened by any suggestion that they may be wrong. All the ad did was suggest that maybe Jesus did not actually walk on water. Lack of any solid foundation for beliefs makes people insecure at the slightest suggestion that they may be wrong and because they cannot rationally argue their case for example show evidence they get upset and try and censor any challenges. The more insecure they are,the more extreme their reactions.

      Matthew - 2012-06-08 10:13

      I absolutely hate religion.But i love God.And my relationship with him is just fine. so to read someone state,in their own opinion no less,that anyone who actually Belives in Jesus and God,should hate this.Who declared you God's phrophet? Its christians with that mentality,bible bashing etc,when they have no or right in no ones name to say or declare.Christians like you that stuff it up.People like you is why i wont go to a church. I found it quite funny,and am pretty sure the big guy upstairs dig aswell. People dont need to grow up,you need to get a sense of humour, and stop throwing religion around for your own personal insecurities.

  • herman.kirstein - 2012-03-14 15:15

    Thanks Red Bull.

      Don - 2012-03-14 15:53

      THANKS FOR WHAT HERMAN ? Red Bull will lose market share FACT !! There are many thousands that will not buy the product anymore be sure of that. We will not pay for their profits out of our pockets to have them insult us and our faith. FACT.

      rbphiri - 2012-03-14 16:07


      Anthony - 2012-03-14 16:15

      Don't be silly Don, The kind of publicity Red Bull got from this latest add, would have cost them millions. No wonder they pulled the add, as now they get it for nothing!!! And if a few thousand people say, they will no longer buy their product, they know damn well, that very likely ,these same people never bought their product in any case !!!

      Matthew - 2012-03-15 07:23

      Christianity - Creating guilt for 1,5 bill for over 2000 years!!

      skootzie - 2012-03-16 08:21

      Don : Perhaps "Thanks Red Bull....for the laugh" ? Contrary to popular Christian belief, some people DID actually find the advert amusing.

      DiziLiziD - 2012-03-28 12:33

      Yes Herman! RED BULL will lose thousands of buyers that once did drink red bull. There are many more Religious people out there than not my bru, and just because you atheists think its a joke, it aint. Red Bull know they messed up and are now trying to shmooze us! You and noone else can make fun of God!

      Matthew - 2012-06-08 10:22

      Bible bashing christians.Because of your own insecurities,you use your religion to throw your weight around and moan and cry.Get a life and a sense of humour.for the record.I hate religion,and because of single narrow minded people with that exact kind of mentality.So again,i hate religion,but i love God.And if this upset the big guy upstairs,so much,like all of you are declaring (meanwhile your OWN PERSONAL insecurity) then he will do something about it,but Not in your time expectations.The only person that will ever Judge me,and anyone/everyone else,is God.Not bible bashers.thank you very much!

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-03-14 15:16

    Aw, oh well... moving on.

      shudusO - 2012-03-14 15:49

      the Ad was not even matching the does walking on water link to being given wings?

      richard.hipkin - 2012-03-14 15:55

      That's the whole spin, it didn't it. Do I really need to explain this to you??

      rbphiri - 2012-03-14 16:09

      how does walking on water link to being given wings? REDBULL MAKES U C THINGS. That should be the new slogan

  • Hans - 2012-03-14 15:17

    Why am I not surprised. What a bunch of nutcrackers.

      zaatheist - 2012-03-14 16:29

      Aaaaaaaw! All those small minded sky fairy believers got all sensitive and offended because the son on the imaginary sky fairy (who is his own father) appeared in an advertisement. Ag shame!

      - 2012-03-15 01:21

      "All those small minded sky fairy believers got all sensitive and offended because the son on the imaginary sky fairy (who is his own father) appeared in an advertisement. " I am looking forward to the day you are facing the " imaginary sky fairy" I will possibly stand there and laugh my ass off, but stlil love you and hoping my Lord will forgive you!

      skootzie - 2012-03-16 08:24

      François - If that's what you are looking forward too in the afterlife, you need to get out more mate :)

      François - 2012-03-16 16:39

      Jon, what a name is that? Here where I live it's also known as a "longdrop"

      DiziLiziD - 2012-03-28 12:35

      zaatheists, you still here. shame. still going on about the same crap! Get a life chick! You are patehtic! All you atheists are pathetic!

      DiziLiziD - 2012-03-28 12:39

      Jon, please stop using big words that you dont even understand nevermind spell. You are trying too hard to sound clever... its not working though! It is emanate.

  • jacques.kies - 2012-03-14 15:19

    Some people have to think. Red Bull should get rid of that company someone there is an idiot!

  • seymore.butt - 2012-03-14 15:19

    they say god is in everything...apparently not in Red Bull :)

      rbphiri - 2012-03-14 16:09

      Or in Parliament.

      zaatheist - 2012-03-14 16:30

      Without gods life is everything.

      Mc - 2012-03-14 17:03

      Atheists don't believe in God.

      zaatheist - 2012-03-14 18:41

      Mc I am astounded at you deep knowledge and obvious intelligence. Wow. Impressive and a revelation. Your brain seems really interesting. I hope you don't mind me exploring it like this.

  • Alfred - 2012-03-14 15:20

    I would consider myself a Christian, probably the worst one there ever was but a Christian nonetheless, and I'm almost embarrassed that people are so sensitive. Why so insecure? I'm confident enough in my beliefs that I can see this cartoon for what it is, a marketing idea to sell Red Bull, not an attempt to rubbish an entire religion. JC Himself probably had a bit of a giggle.

      spartanx93 - 2012-03-14 15:27

      Problem is they are allowed to get away with being oversensitive. That applies to Islam as well.

      Clive.D.Buckley - 2012-03-14 15:51

      Wot, me worry?

      lindz.kok - 2012-03-14 15:54

      ya i think it is more of a personal thing than religious, like many times before on t.v. and radio christian society has been made to look stupid for believing in the bible God and Jesus. atiest and other non believers try and disprove the bible everyday, going as far as studying the bible and knowing it better than most christians just to prove themselfs right. theyre like spoilt children almost... well most of them... just so they can point a finger and say i told you so. any how that is what this ad did, "Jesus walked on rocks and christians fell to theyre knees". i am a christian and i can take a joke, funny is funny but, if you carry on bullying christians everytime you run out of fresh ideas its just not going to be funny anymore and become personal.

      Don - 2012-03-14 16:00

      yes you need to relook what the Bible says Alfred and I wonder why you say you are the worst Christian there ever was ???? I don't know of a "worst" Christian, never have and never will. You either are or you are not. Question yourself and look at where you are, hope you'll soon feel different about these "attacks" on ANY religion. Its not humour its malice and abuse. Yes and they have had publicity that's what they wanted but they have and are clearly underestimating the consequences as you also do.

      Alfred - 2012-03-14 16:12

      I take your point lindz, but why would you give two hoots what anyone thinks of your religion? I know the types you're talking about, but let's face it, from the outside we both believe in an all-knowing man who lives in the sky and we're going to be ridiculed for it. But I'm okay with that, it doesn't hurt my feelings and it doesn't change anything. I'm not going to feel bullied until they start killing us for it.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-03-14 16:14

      Not being a bible basher, I do not like it at all, but I can advise you that when one stated himself as most probably the worst Christian ever, one must ask himself if you are indeed one or are you only one that are when it needs to be. I am not judging you, but that is something that one know if you do your best in. I am most probably on par with you, although I try to better myself every day, but I do respect the fact that you do not try to make yourselves holier than all. That is the fall/fault of a lot of people calling themselves Christians. My mom's saying counts. "n Bybel op die dashboard en die duiwel in sy gat". Being sensitive are allowed because when it goes against your grain you are allowed to open your mouth. When/if succeed one would recon that a true Christian would not still blow up and kill people, but accept the stop of ad. However an apology would have been better. The problem is that you will always get people that try to stretch the limit. That is most probably why some people make the same mistake and become too fanatic.

      deidre.swanepoel - 2012-03-14 16:47

      yeah well alfred you've said it of yourself, probably the worst one. rather call yourself something other than a christian.

      Herman - 2012-03-14 20:07

      Not so sure that Jesus would enjoy being portrayed as a con artist.

      skootzie - 2012-03-16 08:29

      As far as I am concerned, if you feel the need to defend your faith or are insulted by something towards your faith, then you need to have a look at the strength of your own faith because if you were a true believer, confident in your faith and worship of God, why then would you bother getting in such a tizz over this advert? Surely your faith is so insurmountable that such an obvious joke would beneath you? For some, it seems obviously not.

  • Seducect - 2012-03-14 15:21

    Like Thomas Aquinas said:"Timeo hominem unius libri..."

  • Irma - 2012-03-14 15:21

    I knew it would happen when I saw the ad. How strange people are- it’s called having a sense of humour. I didn’t find it offensive in the least (and I am a big Jesus/ God freak). Really now, I thought it was hilarious. I’m sure even God would appreciate it.

      Ronel - 2012-03-14 16:00

      Irma... what about the part where he blasphemed when he fell off the stepping stone? That's what really finally did it for me... I doubt God appreciated that at all!

      danielle.toerien - 2012-03-14 16:44

      I agree Ronel, the last part was when he slipped off, I'm sorry but that's using His name in vain! You can take it as a joke, but I'm sure you dont use His name in vain Irma!

      deidre.swanepoel - 2012-03-14 16:50

      well irma i dont know about you being a Jesus freak, i beg to differ from you. no person who have a relationship with God, will find this add acceptable

      TheTruth777 - 2012-03-14 17:07

      Irma, you are missing the point here. It's not that Christian's have a lack of sense of humour, it is because ads like these mock our God, a God which we submit to, revere and strive to be like. What if your mom/dad was the "apple of your eye", and I mocked her in some way. Would you not try and defend her? Would it not be your right to speak up against me who mocked her?..This case is very simple, Christians are defending the name of there God (which was mocked). Which is there right. End of story.

  • Donald - 2012-03-14 15:21

    one could easily be forgiven for thinking its 1612, and not 2012... wtf!!?

      Clive.D.Buckley - 2012-03-14 15:52

      except they didn't have tv in 1612... or Red Bull... Your point still stands tho

  • ItsJustaRide - 2012-03-14 15:21

    freedom of speech taking more hits...........

      Hugo - 2012-03-14 18:36

      freedom of speech? why the same targets? This is more like freedom of cowards because they would never, even in their wildest imagination mock Muhammad.

      Herman - 2012-03-14 20:15

      Why are you hiding your freedom of speech behind a pseudonym? No freedom without responsibility iykwim

  • clivecorbz - 2012-03-14 15:24

    So we're living in the world where it's offsides to doubt that someone walked on water... Wow... How do people not see the craziness in this situation??? If you believe in things which lack evidence, you're opening yourself up to doubters. It's the way it is. Man up, or shut up.

      skootzie - 2012-03-16 08:39

      I think the issue here is that it was displayed publicly. And Christians don't like it when you publicly tell them that their faith is a filthy disgusting lie.

  • Den - 2012-03-14 15:25

    some people have very little to do with their time.....must be the same ones who helped boot the nandos adds..

      clivecorbz - 2012-03-14 15:31

      They should rather spend their time reaching for the remote. It's what normal people do when they don't want to watch something.

      Thandeka Maphumulo - 2012-03-14 15:39

      yes...! thank you Clive

  • Nigel - 2012-03-14 15:27

    Jesus gave us a sense of humour...I bet he thinks it's a good one!

  • Stephan - 2012-03-14 15:29

    And that is why atheists generally despise religious folk! Absolutely humourless, self-righteous and stupid. Get a life, please.

      Hugo - 2012-03-14 18:37

      However,we do not despise you,though foolish. :D

      Herman - 2012-03-14 20:21

      Stephan, I have never heard such a completely self refuting statement in my life! You are amazingly self-righteous, arrogant and above all stupid. No one deserves to be taken so seriously, especially not you. Give yourself (and the rest of humanity) a break.

      skootzie - 2012-03-16 08:40

      I'm glad you put in "generally", because I don't despise religious folk.

  • Muhammed Bhyat - 2012-03-14 15:30

    Very good decision to drop the ad. As a Muslim I believe that Jesus (Peace be upon him) is a mighty prophet of God and Muslims believe in his second coming. May we respect every prophet of God and practice tolerance.

      Teboho Mphaloane - 2012-03-14 15:38

      Careful, they might campaign against you too for calling ''The Son of God'' a prophet.

      bheki.dingiswayo - 2012-03-14 15:41

      How do we know that they are referring to Jesus in the bible not my brother named Jesus?

      Muhammed Bhyat - 2012-03-14 15:48

      True hey. Good point. You see, Islam is about pure monotheism. We believe that God is One and he has no partners. God has no children nor was He begotten and there is none unto God. Christianity is the closest religions to Islam. The main difference is with regards to Jesus (PBUH). We believe that Jesus had a miraculous birth, performed many miracles and was a mighty mighty messenger of God. So when the name of Jesus (PBUH) is desecrated we also take great offense and we are duty-bound to respond. May we celebrate the decision of Red Bull and may we take a lesson.

      Squeegee - 2012-03-14 15:51

      bheki, how often does your brother jesus walk on water?

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-03-14 16:25

      @Teboho. No, why will we do that. He has the right to his believe and Muslims have great respect for a few that we also have. The names Abraham, Moses, Joseph etc. gets treated with same respect. We both believe in the same God. @bheki. Not so clever statement. If you new anything of Christianity or even being a Muslim or from a religion that believes in God you would have not have ask this question.

      zaatheist - 2012-03-14 16:33

      If you choose to believe in stupid things - and the entirety of all religions, is nothing but a confection of stupid things - then why on earth should we take your views at all seriously?

      Muhammed Bhyat - 2012-03-14 16:36

      @ DuToitCoetzee: Thank you for your kind words of support. Its so reviving to know that there are others who share the same principles. May God be with us.

  • Moi - 2012-03-14 15:30

    It's an advertisement people. Wouldn't it be better to rather focus on getting rid of teachers that rape pupils for instance, rather than making such an issue about a tv ad???

      Mc - 2012-03-14 17:07

      Atheists don't believe in God, so shhhhh.

  • gaeleen - 2012-03-14 15:31

    It is not only what you believe but the way in which what/who you believe in is being depicted and in this instance it is insulting. But onthe bright side - Red Bukk did the right thing and for this should be acknowledged.

      Hugo - 2012-03-14 18:41

      Zaatheist that is your problem.But whenever we feel aggrieved we will use our numeric advantage to sort the likes of RedBull by not buying their stuff, you have to get used to it

  • deon.fourie - 2012-03-14 15:31

    There's no way Red Bull didn't expect this to generate controversy. Brilliant. This will generate a ton of brand awareness by using people's own stupid sensitivity against them. [insert no press is bad press cliche here]

  • Teboho Mphaloane - 2012-03-14 15:34

    Well, seeing as adverts are being pulled, I hope one for ''Good News'' doesn't make it's way to my door step.

  • Gareth - 2012-03-14 15:41

    I'm beginning to think Religous people have no sense of humour whatsoever.

      Hugo - 2012-03-14 18:42

      actually we do.

      John - 2012-03-14 18:49

      Hi Gareth Anderson. Yes we do have a sence of humour. God created you and me, now that is funny.....

      galef - 2012-03-15 09:53

      GAreth...hahahaha......oh I have to agree with you on that....they like a bunch of sour pussy cats......always so serious and so judgemental....sheeeeeeeeeeesh get a life ppl

      Nick - 2012-03-16 09:04

      hahahaha nah you dont hugo you just a clown

  • Thandeka Maphumulo - 2012-03-14 15:42

    here we go....!

  • Swapie - 2012-03-14 15:43

    Silly religious people. Go blow up the Red Bull HQ.

      Hugo - 2012-03-14 18:42

      Nope,wont do.Too busy living.Why dont you do it yourself?

  • Psalm - 2012-03-14 15:43

    Honestly, the withdrawal of the advert should change nothing. I forgive you, Red Bull - though I believe you set out to deliberately mock Christ Jesus. You could not have been that ignorant of the offence you would cause. I have, however, decided that you can do without my money. I will NOT buy Red Bull - full stop.

      deon.fourie - 2012-03-14 16:03

      "though I believe you set out to deliberately mock Christ Jesus" Yeah, that makes complete rational sense. /facepalm

      Hugo - 2012-03-14 18:43

      Zaatheist why are you so mad?

      galef - 2012-03-15 09:57

      there is a jesus?.....seriously?...mind you i saw a picture the other day of a bull chasing a bullfighter across water.....hahahahahaha....i wonder who the pic was trying to mock......but nothing was said about it......I myself have walked on water....i was swimming in the sea at gordons bay down in the cape and next thing "shark" was shouted out....i looked around and saw me i walked on water that day.....and not jesus ...hahahahah

      marlon.goss - 2012-03-17 14:04

      I agree Psalm...its all part of a global movement to discredit Jesus. Keep your eye out for all the anti Jesus "documentaries" aired on National Geographic Channel now that its Easter. The Gospel of Judas...Mary etc. Da Vinci code type stuff. It happens every year.

      Matthew - 2012-06-08 10:13

      Boo Hoo.i think you may have hurt their feelings.shame poor red bull.what will they do without your money

  • Thandeka Maphumulo - 2012-03-14 15:43

    here we go with the energy after the passover should we go back?

  • Phiza - 2012-03-14 15:44

    I dnt like the advert,,,klaar cancel the crap

  • schroedazzler - 2012-03-14 15:50

    If Jesus returned today I reckon these very critics of the ad would not recognize him.

      galef - 2012-03-15 09:59

      nor would you NOT ONE PERSON alive knows if he even exists....or you you beleive he does....nobody has a clue what he looks like....

  • Danie - 2012-03-14 15:51

    to late , I will never drink it again

      Psalm - 2012-03-14 15:56

      @ Danie I agree with you 100%. This is the high road that every devoted Christian should be encouraged to take. Red Bull KNEW full well that they were mocking Jesus Christ and that it would be unacceptable to the devoted. Withdrawal of the advert does not alter the deliberate act to mock our Lord. I can do without their product, for the honour of my Lord.

      Nick - 2012-03-16 09:08

      hahahahahaha. danie you are one funny guy. and that is so lame . i will never drink it again. like anyone cares if you do or dont.

  • paulvkeys - 2012-03-14 15:51

    Seriously? grow a sense of humour and get a life christians!

      Morné - 2012-03-14 15:56

      we've got a life sad that you don't

      Peter - 2012-03-16 14:33

      ...... and we are happy with our etrnity ... We trust you will be happy with yours.

  • Mark - 2012-03-14 15:52

    Holy cow!

  • Bernice - 2012-03-14 15:52

    It's pathetic! You never saw Buddhists demanding that the Cadbury's ad be removed from TV.

      Brigitte - 2012-03-14 15:57

      @bernice - in the Cadbury ad they did not take a miracle performed by Bhudda and mock the belief in that miracle. There is a big difference. That ad just showed beauty and joy in life which is what Bhuddists believe in - very tasteful.

      Zing - 2012-03-14 15:59

      That could be because Buddhists are peaceful and not trying to convert the whole world to Buddhism. Or maybe they also like chocolate.

      robbie.crouch - 2012-03-14 16:23

      @ Zing... very peacfull Buddists armed to the teeth called Japanese invaded China, and we all know how that went. Humans and their religions have never been peaceful.

      Zing - 2012-03-14 16:28

      @robbie: lol - that's true. So it must be the chocolate then ;)

      zaatheist - 2012-03-14 16:45

      @Robbie You can't even spell Buddhist correctly. "Shinto, meaning "the way of the gods", is Japan's indigenous religion and is practiced by about 83% of the population". Buddhists - yeah. Right

  • shannon.trouncell - 2012-03-14 15:55

    Blasphemy is Blasphemy no matter how you want to sugar coat it…… Christian or no Christian what the company did was wrong on so many levels to top it off they had and add with Mary and Joseph in Italy which was banned, they then screened the same Jesus add we having an issue with in Brazil which was also banned, these adds offended Christian across the globe but yet they go ahead and market it in South Africa thinking Christians here will expect and find the humour in a campaign mocking Jesus……

      zaatheist - 2012-03-14 16:46

      Blasphemy is a victimless crime. Hold on there, zahmad, before you can establish blasphemy you have two intermediate steps: (1) present evidence that your deity exists, at all, and (2) present evidence that said deity is against free speech. Got evidence?

      Isabel - 2012-03-14 17:00

      Shannon, who cares? If Jesus EVER existed (and there is no concrete evidence that he did) couldn't he laugh at himself? Wasn't he meant to be human too? Why do you think your little parcel of beliefs is so much more important than anyone else's, and when someone puts up a contrary opinion you get all offended. Insecure? I'm an atheiest. Respect MY beliefs if you expect me to respect yours.

      Hugo - 2012-03-14 18:46

      Isabel There is!!!

      Shaun - 2012-03-14 23:45

      I find it extremely funny when guys such as Zaathiest and other unregenerate minds criticise Jesus and declare HE never existed. Just goes to show just how blinded they are. The bible talks about such. “They profess to be wise yet they become fools. If they really wanted to defend their Humanistic pitiful lives and prove The GOD of the Bible never existed. They would need to study the Word of God and ask Jesus to come into their lives. Bible Prophesy would need to be their small area of in depth study, checking it out against the historians of the day and the facts of the written prophesies that followed 100%. Even now bible prophesy is unfolding in the Middle East. One such prophetic writing is Isaiah 17:1 whereby Damascus is going to be totally wiped out by Israel.

      Shaun - 2012-03-14 23:46

      It seems the ones who make the most noise about Christ are the very ones who are afraid that if they made a concerted effort and found out that Jesus is the Way The Life and The Truth. They would have to change their lifestyle to suite. It does not matter what these God Haters think, say or do. Jesus is Alive, A peace treaty will be signed with Israel followed by 7 years of Tribulation that will culminate at Armageddon and the like of Zaathiest will end up eternally separated from a Loving God who send HIS Son Jesus to earth to die on the Cross in order take the sin of the World and by simple Faith in the Finished work on the cross will have their sin once and forever cancelled. This will give them eternal life with Christ. Believe it or not. Two point Three Billion people on this earth do.

      Shaun - 2012-03-14 23:48

      By the way those who are truly Born again are peaceful, confident and happy. You make assumptions about us as sad no sense of humour and lacking in intelligence. Should you understand the Blessing of Abraham that is upon us and just how successful we really are in Christ. You would shut up on your asinine comments

      galef - 2012-03-15 10:04

      @Isabel......I agree......gosh we as atheist even laugh at ourselves...we have a sense of humour...these insecure christians take life so serious...they cant even laugh and enjoy the lighter side of soon as anything is said against them...they def act insecure...because they want to laugh and enjoy it as well...but so scared of what their fellow christians will think.....INSECURITY AT ITS BEST.!!!...

      Nick - 2012-03-16 10:28

      damn shaun your mind is really really brainwashed. or you smoking some good as crack mate. you sound like a crazy man. the easter bunny exists to mate

  • Mandu Ngcobo - 2012-03-14 15:55

    Pathetic. This is why religious people suck. They want us all to be as miserable as they are.

      Brandon - 2012-03-14 16:16

      I bet if I say something about your culture you would fly of the handle. Proof me wrong

      Mandu Ngcobo - 2012-03-14 16:39

      Do your worst, Brandon

      zaatheist - 2012-03-14 16:47

      No Brandon you can sat what you like about my lack of belief in imaginary gods. Be rude. Say it nasty. Laugh and mock. See if I care. Anytime someone says you can’t criticize their beliefs, it’s because their beliefs are too weak to withstand scrutiny.

      Isabel - 2012-03-14 17:01

      Well said, Mandu!

      Shaun - 2012-03-14 23:58

      Mandu, you obviously have not tasted the Goodness of God, you have not seen real live miricles and pathetic lives transformed by the POWER of God. You have not seen demons been cast out of occult tainted people and their lives transformed through the POWER of the Cross of Christ. You have not witnessed blind eyes opened, and cripples walk again. And I can expected blinded souls such as Zaathiest to start to refute this as he is in your category. Zaathiest has given me permission from his pathetic comments to criticise him like he critics us. Diference is that I forgive him and still love him in Christ.

      galef - 2012-03-15 10:08

      @Shaun..DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA HOW PATHETIC YOU SOUND!...get a life man.....get those blinkers off and explore your knowledge on different religions and sit and hide behind your bible....shessssz

      galef - 2012-03-15 10:09

      @brandon......come on big boy...give it your best shot!!!.....waiting.....tic tic.....tic toc......and its prove ...not proof

      Mandu Ngcobo - 2012-03-15 16:31

      Shaun, don't forget amputated limbs being regenerated.\r\nYou're right, i have not seen any of those things, but neither have you. :'D

  • Bruce - 2012-03-14 15:58

    Red Bull got exactly what they wanted. When will people learn that silly complaints just attract attention!

  • Piet - 2012-03-14 15:59

    The God delusion at work.......

      Dianne - 2012-03-14 16:07

      There is an puzzling Scripture in Matthew 11:12. Jesus said, “The kingdom of God has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it.” He clearly anticipated multitudes “gate-crashing” the Kingdom. On the day of Pentecost Christ gave His apostle Peter the keys to open the gates, just as he had promised before His death. Thousands at once crossed the border into the Kingdom, migrating the power of Satan to the Kingdom of God. It was the start of a never-ending stream of people into the Kingdom, the Kingdom taken by the “forcefulness” of faith. We are witnesses to that and praise the Lord. Be a part of it. Then we will realise who God is - a loving, wonderful "Holy" God who is to be respected and revered and we will all be ashamed of ourselves but the blood of Jesus to wash away our sins so we can stand before a Holy God and not be destroyed. It's the Spirit of God who gives light and understanding to the scriptures. You cannot read the Bible without the Holy Spirit revealing what is actually written. Please don't blaspheme God. If you don't believe, that is your choice, but don't blaspheme God.

      Hugo - 2012-03-14 18:48

      Zaatheist Its easy to deny God when you are still fit and healthy.

      zaatheist - 2012-03-14 18:58

      @Hugo What is that supposed to mean? I happen to be the survivor of a major road accident, cancer and months of chemotherapy. No gods. No begging for help from imaginary ridiculous gods. And if you think he is going to do nasty things to me in the afterlife then you are going to be sadly disillusioned. Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.” — Quote by Marcus Aurelius, Roman emperor (26 April, 121 – 17 March, 180)

      galef - 2012-03-15 10:14

      @Shaun.....once again you show how weak you are....if you believe so strongly in your god....why dont you ask him to stop babies from being raped...children raped and brutaly murdered...hmmm??...babies that cant defend themselves.....why dont you ask THE almighty god to stop this pain and hurt and death....???...where is he ???..why is he not protecting his innocent flock???....ill tell you celestial beings...we just are!!!....thats all

  • Gordon - 2012-03-14 16:02

    "South Africa's Muslim Judicial Council on Wednesday also warned of consequences of "secular extremism" against any religious faith." - well that is the most stupidly funny thing I have ever heard. F-king rich!

      zaatheist - 2012-03-14 16:50

      They are panicking! All the freedom of speech and free exchange of ideas threatens their preposterous notions of a god, all gods.

  • James - 2012-03-14 16:06

    I think we are giving this to much credit and helping it to go viral. Somehow I think somewhere Jesus is having a quiet chuckle - because I believe he has a sense of humour and is not as sour as some of us try to make him.

  • Anne - 2012-03-14 16:09

    Maybe you should think before you put something in an advert. I would fire my ad agency.

      zaatheist - 2012-03-14 16:51

      Why? Its a great ad and everywhere around the world normal people are laughing and talking about it.

      Shaun - 2012-03-15 00:06

      Normal defined by Zaathiest. HA HA

  • Johnny - 2012-03-14 16:10

    Yes! Loved the advert! Props to Red Bull for having a sense of humor

  • suncana.bradley - 2012-03-14 16:12

    Wait, what exactly is offensive about it? Jesus saying his own name?

      suncana.bradley - 2012-03-14 16:43

      All of you clicking the dislike button, feel free to tell me what exactly is offensive about it. Or -don't tell me- you have no idea yourself?

      Hugo - 2012-03-14 18:51

      Saying Jesus walked on water because he knew where the stepping stones were is.Tell you why.To us The Lord is the personification of truthfulness ,to mention just one trait.So potraying him as a scamster and liar and cheat whatever grinds me and the others who complained.

      suncana.bradley - 2012-03-14 20:36

      @ Hugo: So the only thing you see in that advert is Red Bull calling Jesus a scamster? I did not perceive it in that way at all. All I saw is a witty advert using a much loved man as one of their protagonists and giving him a good sense of humour, nothing more and nothing less.

      Shaun - 2012-03-15 00:08

      Obviously you do not know the scriptures suncana

  • Danie - 2012-03-14 16:12

    It’s funny that there are more non Christians on this blog than Christians would think that they would not care....almost like they have a chip on their shoulder

      Mc - 2012-03-14 17:13

      atheists don not believe in God, they are devil Worshippers

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-03-14 17:34

      @zaatheist. Let me help you. Why must atheist always attack a religion to justify their being as a none believer....? Proof is into your reaction today. In all the articles you are the one who have done the most comments and also attacks on believer's views. Even when they do not even respond to your attacks you felt the need to continue. Why? What inferiority do you struggle with? Why do you have to make sure you get red by all. why cant you make a statement and than let it be. Why do you have to try to provoke? Only a person that is so unsure of himself and his point of view, is repeating himself hoping that he eventually will belief himself. It is tuff when believing you come from nothing, create all in vein and eventually going no-where! that is when one becomes so talkative, to proof a point, like you. Good luck with continue bullsh@tting yourself. The REAL atheists, I know, don't care one what other believe and do. They just go on with their life.....and you?

      Leon - 2012-03-14 18:48

      zaatheist geee boet calm down to a panic I'm sure the world is not going to end today

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-03-14 20:57

      I will not differ with you on the fact that man has a right to do stem cell research, etc, but I will have a problem if man create a new live or cause death by doing it. To any law there is a normal and acceptable way. If the majority decide on something it means you are voted out, if not agree. The same counts for Christians. You complain about people forcing themselves, or at least there believe onto things that you also are part of, doing it ways you don't like. It is fair to see it like that, but than if you cant convince them to your way you must accept the majority rule and remove yourself from such "oppression". If you do not find it possible to distance yourself, you are allowed to opposed it in a descend way. I h'v red most, if not all, of your comments and I clearly saw place where you insult others because you differ. Is that the way? For a person who believe he gets treated, or his believes get treated, unfairly you are quick to insult to make a point. Nowhere I saw anyone took you on and tell you how bad none believers are. They all just defend in what they believe. If i was an independent observer from another planet, who believe in fairness of stating your point, who would you think I would chose as the better in represent themselves? All the places, religions, groupies, none believers etc., do have there fanatics in them. People make churches and religions. PEOPLE use religion to do these deeds. Conflicts and Word Wars also proof the opposite.

      Shaun - 2012-03-15 00:13

      Well said Du Toit. Zaathiest has pissed me off long enough with his rant and raves about how we believers think.

      skootzie - 2012-03-16 08:56

      Mc: Wow you're stupid. *shakes head* How can we be devil worshipers when we don't believe in devils? Eh?

  • Daniël - 2012-03-14 16:12

    Ag shame for christianity

      Shaun - 2012-03-15 00:17

      Ag shame for the unbelievers more like it. Time will tell and if you are right I have nothing to fear. Daniel, if I am right you have everything not to only fear, but be terrified

  • Gomoco - 2012-03-14 16:13

    you guys realy know how to chase your customers away, what did you think was going to happen after potraying Jesus Christ like that, i love my red bull i guess i'll stick to my second fav red square just need to check that red square is not from the same company as red bull

      Hugo - 2012-03-14 18:53

      Zaatheist watch this space

      Hugo - 2012-03-14 20:37

      Zaatheist sigh

  • rowan.maulson - 2012-03-14 16:13

    I'm almost 100% sure that Red Bull have pulled this ad precisely on schedule... Their marketing department are not stupid, they knew a bunch of conservative nutjobs would be up in arms about it... but its caused people to talk, its gotten coverage. Its achieved its goals now.

      Cynergy - 2012-03-14 16:55

      Time will tell the effect of their decision... my guess, not very smart of their marketing dept because the aim should be to attract customers not drive them away from your product (no matter how small the number).

  • Cynergy - 2012-03-14 16:15

    IN response to Andrew's comment I don't think that this round went to Red Bull at all... They might have gotten brand awareness but also turned quite a big group off from their product. Even pulling the ad still left a bitter taste in my mouth.

      Isabel - 2012-03-14 17:07

      Zaatheist, I love your comments! I wanted to tell him the same thing but decided not to mock. Red Bull execs are probably all giving each other high-fives as we speak! What a brilliant campaign - and it worked!

  • theo.zyl - 2012-03-14 16:16

    I think the main issue for me is the last few seconds where Jesus slips.

  • Vuyolwethu Sanele Gqwaru - 2012-03-14 16:16

    Christians are just too sensitive for their own good, as if they never put a foot wrong

      Lance - 2012-03-15 23:26

      What you meant to say was "Christ is too sensitive for His own good, as if He never put a foot wrong." You obviously do not belong to Christ my friend, that's why I corrected your statement. You need to know Him before you can comment on those that already know Him. ±

  • emokgojoe - 2012-03-14 16:17

    Im a christian and i think the ad stinks and blasphemous to the end.

  • malcolm - 2012-03-14 16:18

    Daft advertising. To single out any particular group of people, knowing you will offend some of them is just plain stupid. To spend huge money on an advert that ends up being pulled after about 1 day is simply a waste of money. To make an advert that a high percentage of christians would deem blasphemous in a majority Christian country is plain dumb. Its like making a red bull advert for Dubai that is offensive to Muslims. Like making a billboard advert that offends gays and putting them up all over Capetown. I personally think Red Bull did a big favour to opposition brands.

  • Omrisho - 2012-03-14 16:19

    oh-kay... so they pulled the ad (a somewhat veiled apology to appease the offended) yet those that take offence are not willing to forgive (never buy the product again, boycotts and suggested hijackings of the head office)i'm sure that forgiveness was part of Jesus' teachings... hmmmm

      robbie.crouch - 2012-03-14 16:28

      A very valid point! Not that I drink the vile stuff. Fresh juice is so much better.

      Psalm - 2012-03-14 16:38

      @ Omrisho While I forgive Red Bull's deliberate mocking of Jesus Christ, I would be a traitor to Jesus Christ by continuing to support a company that has intentionally shown Him such disrespect. Forgiveness - yes. Continuing to buy their product - No.

      Omrisho - 2012-03-14 16:59

      @ Psalm Sure, that is your choice to not buy their product again, but, i did not know that forgiveness was conditional, if you forgive, then you forgive UNTIL the act is perpetrated again, and even then, i am sure the good message is one of let me show you the wrongness of your ways - just saying

      zaatheist - 2012-03-14 17:01

      Oh wow. The brainwashed are out in force today. So when is the next witch-burning, goat-sacrifice, and execution for working on the sabbath?

      Psalm - 2012-03-14 17:08

      @ Omrisho You clearly misunderstand the difference between forgiveness and lending support. I can forgive my enemy, but I am not expected nor encouraged to lend him support in profiting from evil or wrong. I will not, as Christian, lend support to a company that sets out mock Jesus Christ or to help them profit from such conduct. There is a Biblical obligation in EVERY Christian to be a good steward with whatever God gives them -including money. I cannot finance the disrespect of Jesus Christ or permit anyone who engages in such conduct to profit from me.

      Omrisho - 2012-03-14 17:28

      @ Psalm... no one is saying that you must continue to support anything that you choose not to, all i am saying is that true forgiveness does not come with strings attached... iow... i make a mistake, Jesus will forgive me but not continue to support me? hmmmm again... we obviously have different opinions on the matter, anyway, have a good evening :)

      Hugo - 2012-03-14 19:00

      Omrisho a simple analogy. You pick a stranger from the street and bring him home,clothe,feed him etc but he decides to steal your stuff on his way out.He then begs for Forgiveness.What do you do.According to the bible you forgive him alright but do you let him in again?There is a verse in the Bible that says pray and watch i.e be intelligent.Next time you bring him in he may harm your kids coz he's proven that he cannot be trusted.You have forgiven him though.