Blog: Olly WehringAll I want for Christmas is...a set of wings

Olly Wehring | 7 December 2007

Red Bull has promised to withdraw its Christmas television advert after receiving a complaint from an Italian priest who called it "blasphemous".

This week, the company said it would remove its ad depicting four wise men visiting Mary and the baby Jesus in Bethlehem, with the fourth man bearing a can of Red Bull, claiming the drink “gives you wings”.

Father Marco Damanti allegedly persuaded the soft drinks firm to withdraw the advert on the grounds it was seen to be sacrilegious and disrespectful to Christianity.

In my humble opinion, surely the ability to fly would have come in handier than gold, frankincense or myrrh?

But then, when it comes to Christmas gifts, I guess anything’s better than socks.


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