A group of men and women are seated at a dinner table having meat for a meal: doesn’t seem very offensive, does it?
Now imagine all of these men and women dressed up as different religious deities. Right from Zeus and Aphrodite to Jesus and the Hindu god Ganesha, all deities are seen dining together.
Even Prophet Mohammed finds a mention.
The catch, however, lies in the menu on offer – lamb.
Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) landed itself in a soup when it released the new advertisement on Monday to promote lamb as ‘food of the gods’— literally.
The Hindu god Ganesha is also seated at the table, and partakes in a friendly banter in the ad. When one of the deities asks “Let’s address the elephant in the room?”, Ganesha replies, “Not funny two-and-a-half thousand years ago, not funny now.” Even though one of the gods declared “Let’s not get into religion at the table,” the damage was already done.