Unhate by United Colors of Benetton
Fiction. Suggestion. Conversation. Discussion. There is more to this Campaign.
Unhate, the latest campaign by United Colors of Benetton, is a fresh buzzword in the vocabulary of Social Media. Or may be not.
What does UNHATE mean?
UN-hate. Stop hating, if you were hating. Unhate is a message that invites us to consider that hate and love are not as far away from each other as we think… Our campaign promotes a shift in the balance: don’t hate, Unhate.
A campaign that shows (photoshopped) images such as U.S. President Barack Obama kissing his Venezuelan counterpart Hugo Chavez, is bound to have reactions! Strong, unworthy, positive or hatred – perceptions and reactions will differ in abundance.
“The images are very strong, but we have to send a strong message. We are not wanting to be disrespectful of the leaders … we consider them “conception figures” making a statement of brotherhood with a kiss,” announced Alessandro Benetton, executive deputy chairman, while presenting the ads in Paris – reported by The Times Of India.
The UNHATE foundation
The campaign website informs that the Foundation will organise initiatives involving different stakeholders, from the new generations to the institutions, international organisations and NGOs, through to civil society. It is not a cosmetic exercise, but a contribution that will have a real impact on the international community.
Initiatives and projects include a Global UNHATE DAY, using tools developed by the UNHATE campaign, with events in 50 different cities around the world, in Europe, Asia and Latin America, and to support the talent and work of young people living in areas where hatred has generated social injustice and conflicts.
The campaign has some goodies to offer too. Gadgets, as they prefer to call them, include wallpapers, screensaver, soundtrack and a film by French director Laurent Chanez.
The Benetton clothing company has withdrawn an ad Wednesday featuring a fake photo of Pope Benedict XVI kissing a top Egyptian imam on the lips after the Vatican denounced it as an unacceptable provocation, as reported by The Huffington Post.
While some are more impressed by the photoshop work, Kiran Manral, a blogger, writer and founder of IndiaHelps, finds the campaign rather interesting, yet offensive to many – suggestion, aspiration, meant to provoke discussion.
Piyush Kumar, Sr. Brand Manager, Dish TV, thinks the campaign has started a discussion. “People may hate their (Benetton’s) take but haven’t we been using ‘kiss and make up’ phrase for eons now?”
Deepika Bhardwaj, a journalist and documentary filmmaker, doesn’t see it as a long term initiative. “Looks like a gimmick right now, if continued with good intentions, might pick up”, she explains.
Popularly known for their controversial ads, Benetton has done it again!
Does this campaign affect you? What’s your take?