The makers of popular energy drink Red Bull have withdrawn an Italian TV commercial that pokes fun at the nativity story after an Italian priest complained that it was disrespectful to Christianity.
The advert – which we're pretty sure appeared over here years ago – features an extra Wise Man who comes bearing the gift of a can of Red Bull for the newborn baby Jesus. This was all too much for Father Marco Damanti from Sicily, who argued that "the image of the sacred family has been represented in a sacrilegious way. Whatever the ironic intentions of Red Bull, the advert pokes fun at the nativity, and at Christian sensitivity."
Presumably he was offended by the notion that Mary's boy child might fancy a little pick-me-up of caffeine, sugar and taurine after a tough night in the stables. He is also said to be offended by the use of animated angels to deliver the company's slogan of "Red Bull gives you wings" at the end of the advert.
To be honest, it sounds like it would have been easier if Father Damanti had just produced a short list of the things that don't offend him.