Church Criticized for Hosting T-Mobile's Royal Wedding Spoof

Rev. Dr. Martin Dudley, the rector of St. Bartholomew the Great in London, is taking heat for allowing Saatchi & Saatchi to film its Royal Wedding spoof video for T-Mobile in his church. An anonymous senior cleric calls Dudley's decision "embarrassing" and suggests the rector give the money to charity "to sweeten the taste in the mouth." Dudley, not one to be intimidated by creepy phrasing, says he will continue to rent the church out for commercial events. "Our founder Rahere was a minstrel or jester at the court of King Henry I," he said, adding that "this church has always had a bit of a tradition from its founder that we can appeal to a wider audience . . . you couldn't say this was anything other than fun." While that may be true, his church was also used as a backdrop for Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, which is pretty hard to defend before God or man.

Get the The AdFreak Daily newsletter:

Thanks for signing up! Check your inbox for a confirmation email.


Sign up for AdFreak Newsletters

About AdFreak

AdFreak is a daily blog of the best and worst of creativity in advertising, media, marketing and design. Follow us as we celebrate (and skewer) the latest, greatest, quirkiest and freakiest commercials, promos, trailers, posters, billboards, logos and package designs around. Edited by Adweek's Tim Nudd.

Click to Subscribe to AdFreak RSS