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Benetton Ads Have World Leaders Smooching

Photoshopped images have Obama, the pope, Hu Jintao, others kissing
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 16, 2011 2:29 PM CST
Benetton Causes a Stir With Ad Campaign Showing World Leaders Kissing Each Other
A Benetton ad in Paris showing Barack Obama and China's Hu Jintao smooching.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – If Benetton hoped its new ad campaign would generate buzz, mission accomplished. The fashion label's "Unhate" campaign features photos of world leaders digitally altered to make it look like they're kissing each other, notes the Wall Street Journal. President Obama, for example, is lip-locked with China's Hu Jintao and, separately, Hugo Chavez. Other smoochers include Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, and the two Korean leaders. The pope, meanwhile, is ticked to be depicted kissing an Egyptian imam, in an image the Vatican calls an "unacceptable" provocation, notes AP. See the images here. (Read more Benetton stories.)

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