Japan gives the Pope a Sony HD camcorder

Japan gives the Pope a Sony HD camcorder

Summary: If you thought it was weird when President Obama gave Queen Elizabeth II an iPod this past April, check this out: the Pope now has a Sony HD camcorder. While in Italy for the G8 summit, Japanese prime minister Taro Aso stopped by the Vatican and gave Pope Benedict what Sony Insider speculates is the HDR-XR500V.

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If you thought it was weird when President Obama gave Queen Elizabeth II an iPod this past April, check this out: the Pope now has a Sony HD camcorder. While in Italy for the G8 summit, Japanese prime minister Taro Aso stopped by the Vatican and gave Pope Benedict what Sony Insider speculates is the HDR-XR500V.

Is this just shameless promotion of products? Are they actually innovative gifts, reflective of a country's culture? Or should the Japanese prime minister have given the Pope a different camcorder?

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  • The should have given him Sushi

    nothing more Japanese than that.
    markbn
  • I'm just imagining

    The day he has to call tech support:

    "Can I have your name please?"
    "Pope Benedict XVI."
    "For real, what is your name?"
    "For real, I'm Pope Benedict XVI. The Japanese Ambassador gave me this camcorder as a gift."
    "Alright, lemme forward you to a supervisor"
    (nap-inducing hold time)
    Supervisor: "Hello, my name is Frank Rosenblatt, how can I help you?"
    "Hello, I am Pope Benedict XVI, annd I am having some trouble with this camcorder."
    "uhm...alright sir, what can I do for you?"
    "my camcorder isn't working properly. When I show it on TV, all I get are a bunch of crazy lines"
    "Alright sir, I think the problem is that you got the NTSC version, not the PAL version. Unfortunately we don't cover that under our warranty."
    "...but it was given to me as a gift!"
    "I'm sorry sir, I can't help you."
    "BUT I'M THE POPE!"
    "..."
    voyager529
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