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April 9, 2008

Banned Pope Benedict XVI Bobblehead Ad

Long story short: Pope Benedict XVI is coming to Washington, D.C. next week and will offer a papal Mass at Nationals Park, home of Washington's major league baseball team.

Metro, the D.C. area's transportation authority, created an ad (above) featuring a pope bobblehead doll ($16.99 on eBay) purchased by Lisa Farbstein, Metro's media relations director.

The Church was not amused.

"Our concern was that this was a bad bobblehead," Susan Gibbs, a spokeswoman for the Archdiocese of Washington, told Washington Post reporter Lena H. Sun in a story appearing in today's paper.

"The bobblehead in the Metro video wears a red skull cap, known as a zuchetto, and a red cape," wrote Sun.

"'Popes don't wear red skull caps,' and they don't wear red capes, only white ones, Gibbs said."

She told Sun, "... you had a misdressed pope."

Gibbs added, "This is the Holy Father, and I think a lot of people would not be comfortable with a bobblehead ad."

According to the Post story, "Metro yanked the YouTube video yesterday after the archdiocese complained."

I guess that means they shut down their ad campaign, but as of this minute the video is still up on YouTube and generating far more interest and views than the now-defunct advertising ever would have absent the Church's objection.

I can't guarantee it'll stay up on YouTube, though, so if you want someone to see it, best give them a heads-up sooner rather than later.

Oh, yeah, one more thing: You can still buy your very own misdressed pope bobblehead (below)


for $9.99 — a bargain considering Farbstein paid $16.99 — on eBay.

You could look it up.

April 9, 2008 at 10:01 AM | Permalink


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Posted by: stevea | Apr 11, 2008 6:17:41 PM

I think their complaint might have been more plausible had the bobblehead's face more closely resembled the current Pontiff.

I have also just discovered that it is possible to buy bobble-headed versions of not just the Pope, but also gods, including Jesus.

(There was also apparently a bobble-headed Dashboard Mohammed at some point, complete with a tremendously tasteful hat which incorporated a cherry-bomb with a lit fuse. I'm sure the fact that this product is no longer available is purely the result of ecumenical outrage from the Catholics, who obviously would not restrict their complaints only to goring of their particular ox.)

Posted by: Daniel Rutter | Apr 9, 2008 10:59:12 AM

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