The latest in a long line of provocative United Colors of Benetton ads features (Photoshopped) images of world leaders – some of whom it’s hard to imagine shaking hands – making out.
If the sweater maker’s goal was to create controversy, mission accomplished. Only a few hours after unveiling it, Benetton withdrew an ad showing Pope Benedict XVI kissing a top Egyptian imam on the lips after the Vatican denounced it as an “unacceptable” provocation, The Associated Press reports.
The campaign also features President Barack Obama getting sugar from Venzuela’s president and noted D.C.-hater Hugo Chavez as well as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas kissing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu kissing. Those images have not yet been withdrawn.
Well, good for them for withdrawing this vile, disgusting display.