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Benetton “Unhate” Ads Feature Obama Kissing Jintao

Benetton “Unhate” Ads Feature Obama Kissing Jintao


Italian clothier Benetton, whose ads have a long history of stirring controversy, Wednesday unveiled its new campaign, which features unlikely men kissing.

Two ad banners have been released in Milan as part of the "Unhate" campaign -- one featuring Barack Obama and Chinese leader Hu Jintao engaged in lip lock, and the other depicting French president Nicolas Sarkozy kissing German chancellor Angela Merkel.

Another banner, unfurled in Vatican City in Rome, showed the Pope Benedict kissing Egyptian imam Mohamed Ahmed el-Tayeb.

The retailer is no stranger to shocking imagery. During the years the company partnered with photographer Oliviero Toscani, their ads featured such controversial photos as a man dying of AIDS and a nun kissing a priest.

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