Thursday, November 17, 2011

Benetton’s Controversial “World Leaders Kissing” Campaign Is Actually Super Adorable

Italian clothing company Benetton just unveiled a provocative new ad campaign featuring Photoshopped pictures of various opposing world leaders kissing one another, as part of their promotion of the UNHATE campaign, a foundation committed to establishing “a new culture of tolerance.”

The ads have already sparked predictable controversy (oh Italian clothing company Benetton, will you ever stop sparking controversy???), but to our internet-schorched eyes, they really just seem harmless, entertaining, and kind of cute. Check out the 6 ads below and agree/disagree:

1. Barack Obama and China’s Hu Jintao
2. Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestine’s Mahmoud Abbas

3. Germany’s Andrea Merkel and France’s Nicolas Sarkozy

4. North Korea’s Kim Jong-Il and South Korea’s Lee Myung-bak

5. Obama and Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez

6. Pope Benedict and Egyptian Imam Ahmed Mohamed el-Tayeb
(This ad has since been removed by Benetton amidst controversy, which definitely won’t draw ten times more attention to it at all)

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