Almost three years ago, Carrie Ann Inaba signed on as spokesperson for Dréa's Dream, a nonprofit foundation that raises funds and provides dance therapy to kids with special education needs and cancer. Since then, she has visited children in hospitals and spoken out about the wonders of dance as therapy. The cause honors the memory of Andréa Rizzo, a cancer survivor who was studying to be a dance therapist when she was killed by a drunk driver. Her mother, Susan Rizzo Vincent, heads up the organization. Says Inaba: "[Dréa] benefitted from movement therapy and wanted to give that gift back."
It's pretty unlikely that we'll see Kim Jong-il and the president of South Korea ever kiss each other on the lips. However, if you want to see what that would look like, check out the new ad campaign from the United Colors of Benetton.
The Unhate campaign grabs your attention with a smooch and hopes to promote something much bigger—tolerance and closeness between people, faiths and cultures.
The images are definitely turning heads, but they are also proving to be controversial. The White House isn't exactly pleased with Obama's image being manipulated, and the Vatican had a few things to say about the image of the Pope kissing Egypt's Ahmed el Tayyeb, imam of the Al-Azhar Mosque in Cairo. Although Benetton has pulled that ad and released an apology, the Vatican said on Thursday they would take legal action to stop the distribution of this image.
What do you think of these ads?
If you want to get involved, you can upload your own kiss alongside a message of tolerance and "unhate" on Benetton's Kiss Wall.