Italian fashion company The United Colors of Benetton is no stranger to controversial ad campaigns, but the chain’s latest may have pushed the envelope too far. The ad campaign, called “Unhate” by Benetton, features world leaders kissing each other in an act of tolerance.
Members of the Vatican, however, claim the ad featuring Pope Benedict XVI and Ahmed el Tayyeb, the imam of the Al-Azhar Mosque in Cairo, goes way too far. The church will take legal action to prevent the distribution of the image through mass media channels throughout the world.
A Vatican spokesman said the image was insulting “not only to the dignity of the Pope but also to the sensibilities of the faithful.” Benetton had already vowed to suspend distribution of the image prior to the church’s announcement. “We are sorry that the use of an image of the pontiff and the imam should have offended the sensibilities of the faithful in this way,” the company said in a statement. They claimed the advertisement was designed “exclusively to fight the culture of hate in every form.”
Earlier in the day, a large banner of the image appeared close to the Vatican in Rome. It was promptly removed.
Garrett McNamara seems like a pretty big badass, but this video proves it. While participating in the ZON North Canyon Project in Praia do Norte, Nazaré, Portugal, a waverunner towed McNamara into a 90-foot rogue wave. There’s a more popular clip of McNamara doing it, but this video really gives a sense of just how big the wave actually was.
Chivas star forward Marco Fabian was really excited after scoring a goal against Mexican rival Estudiantes Tecos last week. So, he celebrated by pretenting to shoot his teammate Alberto Medina in the head. Needless to say, in a country currently plagued by violent drug gangs and mass executions, the celebration was considered in very poor taste.
“It didn’t cross our mind what people would have ended up thinking,” Fabian said after the game, in an apology. “The truth is Alberto and I made a bet that the first to put in a goal would celebrate that way.”
“We regret the celebration carried out by our players Marco Fabian and Alberto Medina after the goal Fabian scored against the Estudiantes Tecos team,” Chivas said, according to Sky News. “[They] will be reprimanded by the institution, because they are an example for the children and young people of our country.”
Fabian’s goal put his team ahead 2-0. A soccer player in Colombia died after being shot in the head last week.