Sportsbet Jesus balloon draws fire

    Australia’s Sportsbet has come under fire from politicians and church leaders for floating a giant balloon in the shape of the statue of Rio De Janeiro’s Christ the Redeemer wearing an Australian soccer jersey.
    The balloon was floated in the skies above Melbourne and also features the Sportsbet logo.
    The 46-metre high hot air balloon has a 41m wingspan and has a gold and green jersey with the hashtag “Keep The Faith” printed on it.
    Deputy Premier Peter Ryan said the balloon was disrespectful, while Rev Tim Costello, the chair of the Australian Churches Gambling Taskforce, said the ad displayed “extraordinary arrogance and hubris.” Sportsbet defended the ad, saying it was to support the Australian national team that will need all the help it can get in the World Cup scheduled for kick off in Brazil this week.