Barack Obama Caught Kissing Hugo Chavez (In Weird Benetton Ad)

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We'd expect a poorly Photoshopped picture of President Barack Obama lip locking with Venezuela's controversial leader Hugo Chávez to appear on some Miami Republican's blog, not in an ad associated with a clothing company. Yet United Colors of Benetton is responsible for the bizarre image. It's apparently supposed to get us to stop hating, not give us weird nightmares.

Benetton is no stranger to including provocative and controversial images in its ads, and the latest round of ads is meant to help launch the company's latest charity effort, the UnHate Foundation. The foundation claims it "seeks to contribute to the creation of a new culture of tolerance, to combat hatred, building on Benetton's underpinning values."

We're not really sure how this image exactly meets that end:

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The campaign also features images of the pope smooching Imam Ahmed Mohamed el-Tayeb; Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas swapping spit with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; and German Chancellor Angela Merkel making out with French President Nicolas Sarkozy (who look really cute together actually; forget that Bruni chick, Sarkozy).

Anyway, uh, we guess after seeing this image we're all supposed to go "UnHate" people. Mostly, though, we'll just wait for the image to pop up on right-wing blogs out of context.

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Rigidfinger
Rigidfinger

I knew there was something strange about those two.

scallywag
scallywag

 It’s almost become run of the mill these days for a fashion retailer to instigate some degree of controversy when it decides to revamp its image and of course its bottom line.

Trying to sell fashion otherwise has almost become blasphemy...after all nothing sells better than controversy, no matter what side of the coin one stands. Of course Benetton is secretly gloating...even if you're disposed to sending them hate mail.

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Natalie
Natalie

More proof that Americans have lost all sense of class, good taste, and social grace. Whoever made this picture is the biggest TURD in the toilet - YOU STINK you fucker. Will someone PLEASE flush it into the sewer of NO RETURN?

Regg1469
Regg1469

You know who-ever did that Bull-shit right there is a Fucked-up individual.I know who-ever U r U must think that shit is funny right?Well hell NO it's not.It's straight disrespectful.Now what would be funny is if Barack & Hugo caught up with that A$$.(The Look on your face would be price-less)when both presidents Unite & whoop Your ASS till U turn colors of Benetton.

Gusedison
Gusedison

let me explain it to the Miami New Times who seem clueless.  They are both Marxist....

Roman
Roman

"Anyway, uh, we guess after seeing this image we're all supposed to go "UnHate" people. Mostly though we'll just wait for the image to pop up on right-wing blogs out of context."

Or maybe in the PROPER context? The two comrades in flagranti.

RichW
RichW

Where's the photo of mr. bush spreading his love on the ring of the king of Saudi Arabia. Hear  the ring was masonic, myrumor TM

Sabrina
Sabrina

they're perfect for each other

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