Benetton keeps controversial kissing ads

2011-11-19 22:11

Rome - Italian clothing firm Benetton went ahead on Saturday with a controversial ad campaign featuring key world figures kissing each other, despite an outcry last week from the Vatican and the White House.

A photo-montage of an embrace between the Pope and a Muslim cleric was dropped after the Vatican threatened legal action but the rest of the campaign remains unchanged.

An image appearing to show US President Barack Obama smooching his Chinese opposite number Hu Jintao was published in Italy's biggest daily the Corriere della Sera on Saturday.

La Repubblica, Italy's other main daily paper, published a double page spread showing eurozone strongmen Nicolas Sarkzoy and Angela Merkel puckering up.

Last week the White House condemned the depiction of Obama, with spokesperson Eric Schultz saying it "disapproved of the use of the president's name and face for commercial purposes".

The campaign has also been slammed by Oliviero Toscani, the photographer who created Benetton's signature style of scandalous adverts, as "pathetic and the product of a beginner's art class".

After their launch in Paris on Wednesday by Benetton's vice president Alessandro Benetton, the images - which are accompanied by the slogan "Unhate" - were set to be displayed in all Benetton stores.

"These are symbolic images - with an ironic touch of hope and constructive provocation - to promote some thought about the way policies, faith and ideas, even if they are completely opposite and diverse, can lead to dialogue and mediation," said Benetton.

  • joeballito - 2011-11-20 03:54

    Allessandro,well done you achieved your goal!Cant waitfor next years surprise....

  • Fred - 2011-11-20 04:28

    Excellent. Ignore the humourless mother grundies and offended invisible sky fairy believers. They have and undue influence over the freedoms of normal people anyway.

      ArchAngel - 2011-11-20 11:31

      Fred: when YOUR day of reckoning comes I just hope I can be around to hear you scream to The Almighty God for forgiveness and yes, even such as you can be saved. You just have to come to salvation.

      goyougoodthing - 2011-11-20 12:11

      Nice Arch, you want to be around to hear another man's pain as he burns in hell. How very Christian of you. #judgingothers #verynaughty

      ArchAngel - 2011-11-20 12:38

      @gogowhatever: as per my previous response, even though your reasoning skills are very limited, your reading skills appear to be even worse: Either post a retraction of what you just said and an apology, or admit that you are a liar and a fabricator, as you have just posted a falsehood. (and everybody reading this will see this) At no stage did I mention pain/burn or Hell, although those will all be very real for unbelievers. I stated that I would like to hear Ferdei scream (cry out) to the Lord for forgiveness and GOD, for He is just, forgiving and ever loving, will hear ferdei's plea and forgive him, if it is His will. You lie, and you misquote people with your own version of the facts. Is this something you learned from your government then? You need to come to salvation as well. And SOON!

      goyougoodthing - 2011-11-20 14:46

      I see you are very good at attacking a person and not the actual issue. Very Christian of you. A typical response I see all too often. I feel sorry for you.

      ArchAngel - 2011-11-20 16:16

      @goyougood: I am not attacking YOU nor anyone else. I pointed out your lies and devious manipulation of the facts. People that tell lies are LIARS. I am still waiting for you to retract your statements and apologize or forever be known on News24 as a LIAR that has been EXPOSED. All it takes is your apology and retraction. Man up!

      goyougoodthing - 2011-11-20 16:34

      This from a person who hides behind a fake FB profile... hmmm

      Fred - 2011-11-20 19:36

      Hello Mr ArchAngel You are going to be sadly disappointed I'm afraid. You see this god you hope will exact vengeance on your behalf simply does not exist. This god nonsense gets sillier by the day. You cannot prove that your god exists, You cannot know for certain that your revelation is trust worthy and you have to eventually admit that your beliefs are entirely a faith position, unsupported by any evidence whatsover. You believe because others told you what to believe. You may claim the contrary, but then you are simply speaking from within a deep seated delusion.

      goyougoodthing - 2011-11-20 19:38

      Fred, remember they call it faith, with a big F and a big G. But remember that there are different big Gs, and they are all very similar and yet it seems all big Gs want us to go out and beat other big G worshippers with sticks, or burn them, imprison them or call them bad names. But it's in the name of faith, you know big F stuff.

  • Vickers - 2011-11-20 06:29

    Mm the "Vatican threatened legal action" That is rich coming from the breeding place of choir boy molesters.

  • Frikkie - 2011-11-20 08:59

    In plaas daarvan dat die Vatikaan van al die Free Masons en Illuminati tussen hulle ontslae raak, kla hulle oor hierdie klomp stront. Dis nou die katolieke kerk vir jou!!!

      ArchAngel - 2011-11-20 11:25

      Frikkei boyo, you should NOT be blaspheming the Catholic Church. That is one of those age limiting mistakes people rarely get a second chance at, so Please desist.

      goyougoodthing - 2011-11-20 11:33

      Turn the other cheek, isn't that what you're supposed to do?

      Frikkie - 2011-11-20 19:18

      @Archangel - Why? for telling the truth? How many babies are killed EVERY DAY due to nuns and priests screwing one another? How much money is being washed under the name of the Catholic Church? One day these "big christians" will have to explain to the Living God what they have done in the name of religion. By the kind of music you're listening to, I can understand why you have no idea what you're talking about

      Fred - 2011-11-20 19:34

      Mr Archangel again Blasphemy is a victimless crime. You wretched invisible god simply does not exist. Get over it. Why doesn't your God just show himself to all humanity? That would end the argument once and for all. Why does he let his devout followers embarrass themselves with horrible arguments like this? There's an obvious answer. Hint: the not-detectable and the nonexistent look very similar.

  • goyougoodthing - 2011-11-20 09:14

    The Catholics threaten legal action, according to all the news it's always the Muslims who are unreasonable... hmmm, perhaps people should look into that again.

      ArchAngel - 2011-11-20 11:28

      goyowhatever: the Islamists just go around burnin' and lootin' then, chopping off heads. Would you prefer that the Catholics do that as well then? Don't be a stupid gobshyte!

      goyougoodthing - 2011-11-20 11:32

      It will do you well to look at who burned hundreds of thousands of people called 'witches' during the witch trials of the middle ages. Who then decided to walk to the middle east to fight people in their own homes. Who owns more land today than any other institution. Who has been responsible for the death of Millions due to the no condom rule. Who touches alter boys. Who has had a hand in atrocities unimaginable on any other scale... do you want a clue? I'm not pro any religion, I just find it ridiculous that the Catholics are the ones protesting...

      ArchAngel - 2011-11-20 11:37

      Oh, so not wearing condoms has killed millions has it? What sound reasoning! The fact that people go around having casual and immoral sexual exchanges has absolutely nothing to do with it, I suppose? So murderers can blame social injustice and poverty for their crimes? Child molesters can blame their evil on their parents? You need to redo Psychology 101, boyo. Also stop living according to your carnal desires and come to salvation! For your OWN sake.

      goyougoodthing - 2011-11-20 12:06

      Blind faith. You suffer from it. Delusions of angry men in the sky and always quick to pass 'moral' judgement on another without knowing their story. So typical of religious types. Investigate your own church first. And yes, the stupid believe the fairy stories and the man who holds the big book tells them not to wear condoms. So yes, the church is responsible. I never spoke of murderers, I spoke of the church burning people at the stake.... isn't that the same thing?

      goyougoodthing - 2011-11-20 12:09

      Completely miss the point and bring up things I never spoke of. Murderers, unless you mean burning people and killing women and children on the so called 'Crusades', was not mentioned. Child molesters? I was talking about priests, not people blaming their parents. Comprehend first.

  • braamc - 2011-11-20 09:20

    Love the campaign! Where does one buy the clothes already? Was available back in the 90's in SA.

  • Gerhard - 2011-11-20 19:33

    @archangel. Total lack of intelligence.

      ArchAngel - 2011-11-21 15:51

      Gerhard: stop talking about yourself then.

  • ArchAngel - 2011-11-21 15:47

    Gosh, it sure did not take too long for all the usual suspects to crawl out of the woodwork. Gogowhatever is STILL not admitting to his intentional lies and calls upon his mates to help him. Poor lad. You are a liar and a fabricator, that is not an attack, it is a statement of FACT.

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