White House Unhappy with New Benetton Ads

They’ve got a problem with this?


It would seem so:

An advertising campaign that depicts President Barack Obama kissing two male world leaders on the mouth drew a critical response from the White House on Thursday.

“The White House has a longstanding policy disapproving of the use of the president’s name and likeness for commercial purposes,” said White House Spokesman Eric Schultz.

The “Unhate” campaign for Italian clothing firm Benetton showed various world leaders kissing, including Obama lip-locked with Chinese President Hu Jintao and Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez, a longtime Washington adversary.

The ad depicting Obama kissing Hu Jintao was simply ridiculous — everybody knows that’s just impossible to do while you’re bowing.

Anyway, somebody needs to tell Sean Penn the above picture is a fake, because he flew into a jealous rage against Obama and had to be restrained while warning the President to “stay the f*#k away from my Hugo“: