Vatican blasts Benetton ad using "fake photo" of Pope Benedict XVI kissing an imam

The Associated Press reports that the Benetton clothing company has pulled out a "purposely fake" ad photo featuring Pope Benedict XVI kissing a top Egyptian imam, Sheik Ahmed el-Tayeb. The imam heads Cairo’s al-Azhar Institute, the pre-eminent theological school of Sunni Islam. The Vatican had denounced the ad and tagged it as "an unacceptable provocation."

The Associated Press reports that the Benetton clothing company has pulled out a "purposely fake" ad photo featuring Pope Benedict XVI kissing a top Egyptian imam, Sheik Ahmed el-Tayeb. The imam heads Cairo’s al-Azhar Institute, the pre-eminent theological school of Sunni Islam. The Vatican had denounced the ad and tagged it as "an unacceptable provocation."

 

The controversial photo is part of Benetton’s "Unhate" advertising campaign, which it launched on Wednesday, November 16. The campaign is "aimed at fostering tolerance and ’global love.’"

 

The other "purposely fake" photos in the "Unhate" campaign feature purported political nemeses kissing including President Barack Obama and Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez; Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas; and North Korean leader Kim Jong Il and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak.

 

For more on this story, read the Associated Press article.

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