Porsche Comes Under Fire For Editing Jesus Statue Out of Advert

Porsche Comes Under Fire! Porsche, a luxury car company, is facing criticism after it allegedly edited out a statue of Jesus Christ from the background of an advertisement celebrating six decades of very fast years” for the Porsche 911.

In the roughly two-and-a-half-minute ad depicting the evolution of the Porsche 911, the German company filmed the car driving through Lisbon, Portugal. However, when the car drives past the Cristo Rei, – a statue of Jesus Christ that overlooks the city,  the background merely shows a plinth, and not the figure of Christ.

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A Porsche 911 GT3 sportcar. Photographer: Liesa Johannssen-Koppitz/Bloomberg

Inspired by the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the Catholic monument and shrine were installed in 1959, after ten years of work, to express gratitude to God for keeping much of the city safe during the Second World War.

The decision to edit the statue has sparked backlash on social media. One user accused Porsche of being “woke,” and another called it “insane”. A third commenter said: “That’s just ridiculous, to remove an iconic statue from a commercial.”

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Some went as far as to suggest they would no longer buy cars from the brand, saying “for me, Porsche is not an option anymore”.

Another said: “Time to boycott Porsche!”

However, some users found no issue with the removal of the statue, saying it was the usual practice in television adverts that contain “any religious landmarks or signage”.

Porsche has apologized, saying the edit was a “mistake”. The original video has been made private on Youtube, and is no longer available to watch. A new video – including the statue – has been uploaded in it’s place.