The plague of scam ads will likely never quite leave the award-show circuit. Still, some take the cake. The Dubai Lynx, a Middle East offshoot from the folks who run Cannes, is dealing with a mini-scandal after a Qatar shop called FP7 won awards for a print ad depicting Jesus taking a picture of a group of nuns. The ad was supposedly for Samsung, which was none too amused when it found out it was using the Son of God to hawk cameras. (Samsung does use sheep in ads, just not, apparently, shepherds.) This will cause the usual hand-wringing about how festivals fail to do the bare minimum to determine if an ad actually ran anywhere. The more interesting question, for me at least, is what other products the industry can get Jesus to endorse. Via AdPulp.
—Posted by Brian Morrissey