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Vatican Condemns Controversial Benetton Ad

17 Nov

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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.

Today in Sex (sNSFW)

31 Mar

Seems like there’s a lot of news about sex in recent days. Not sure why. Something in the water?

1) USC Students Caught Having Sex on Top of Building: Cameras were all around to catch this guy and gal having sex, on top of one of USC’s buildings. Why so many cameras? Well, there were hundreds of people below for a philanthropy event. The guy was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity, which had its very own scandal earlier this month. If you want to see the pictures, which are most certainly NSFW, click here.

2) Student Magazine Cover Shocks Community: Editors of the University of North Florida’s Spinnaker is in deep trouble after running this picture, which simulates a woman receiving oral sex. The story was about how many young people have actually contracted HPV from oral sex and was alerting students about the dangers. Complaints have come primarily from employees and outsiders, but not from students.

3) MTV Switzerland Sex Ads: The television company ran a series of advertisements with the tagline “sex is no accident. Always wear a condom” followed by advertisements picturing accidental sexual encounters. I’m not explaining this well. Check out a sample ad or see them all here.