Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Gay Priest Ice Cream Ad Might Offend the Catholics, Whaaa!

This one comes to us from across the pond via my favorite source of queer news in the UK, Pink News. The image here was part of an ad for Antonio Federici Ice Cream in Great Britain showing two priests about to engage in a round of tonsil hockey with a tag line that reads, "We Believe in Salivation".

Unfortunately, Britain's Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) doesn't see the humor and ordered the ad pulled. According to the story, a previous ad depicting pregnant nuns was also pulled from circulation. Pink News reports:
According to the ASA, six people complained at the gay priests ad, which had the tagline “We believe in salivation”.
The ASA said that it “considered the portrayal of the two priests in a sexualised manner was likely to be interpreted as mocking the beliefs of Roman Catholics and was therefore likely to cause serious offence to some readers”.
Antonio Federici, which is a Catholic company, argued that the ad did not mock Catholicism but reflected “grave troubles” in the church such as the issue of gay priests.
The company said it believed many people found these issues more offensive than an ad which “celebrated” homosexuality and added that it would continue to challenge the “troubled” Catholic Church.
Personally, as a recovering ex-Catholic, I love it any time the Catholic Church is the target of some much-deserved satire, especially when it hits so close to home. Besides, the two guys in the ad are obviously too old for each other. Fuck 'em if they can't take a joke.
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