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Pope Francis called Mary an ‘influencer’—and it didn’t go over well

Weird flex but OK.


Samira Sadeque

Internet Culture

Posted on Jan 27, 2019   Updated on May 20, 2021, 8:35 pm CDT

Pope Francis definitely is a pope for millennials—what with his bold stance on issues ranging from climate change to homosexuality to the gender pay gap. 

On Saturday though, his millennial outreach hit a peak when he tweeted that the Virgin Mary was the first ever—and the ultimate—“influencer”, having been successful despite her lack of access to social media. He also said it while addressing a World Youth Day in Panama City that day.

Twitter has all sorts of feelings about it, but Atlantic reporter Taylor Lorenz landed the most viral clapback, writing that “Jesus literally faked his own death for more followers, so…”





From some saying his social media team was trying too hard…



…to some making it about consent (or a lack thereof):



And that conversion on consent swiftly veered toward the Catholic Church’s record of sexually abusing young boys:



Some tested the accuracy of the tweet, claiming  it really was Eve who was the first influencer:


The irony that Mary, despite being the “influencer,” still wasn’t in a position of power wasn’t lost on many:



Maybe the tweet wasn’t a hit among his (Twitter) followers, but the pope stirred a social media conversation on a variety of hot-button social justice issues which, we can all agree, is a pretty millennial thing to do.

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*First Published: Jan 27, 2019, 11:29 am CST