Back in 1990, Madonna had to chant "strike a pose" to encourage a dramatic mise-en-scène, but in the days of Twitter fingers, any and every pose can become a meme, dramatic or not. Lucky for Pope Francis, or us, really, he often creates poses that make you think he's about to drop bars — for the uninitiated, that means to spit lyrics or simply rap. Every few months, the Pope delivers a new pose that can be interpreted this way. In the halcyon days of tax-refund season, it was this:
The pope looks like he is about to drop the hottest freestyle or 2015 with his homie beat boxing for him pic.twitter.com/21L5q4uxCq— Manstagram♻️ (@Manstagram_) April 15, 2015
But now the meme has grown widespread under the hashtag #PopeBars. Even Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ta-Nehisi Coates got in on the action.
Lyrical cataclysm Miracle catechism Smack em w that epistle Then Back to the Vaticizzle #PopeBars— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) November 30, 2015
"I blast on Judas Iscariot, and peel off in the chariot..." pic.twitter.com/qmwZi7S1xr— Ta-Nehisi Coates (@tanehisicoates) November 30, 2015
And Kerry Washington found it extra amusing, but probably just because she plays Olivia Pope on Scandal and was hoping some Gladiators might get in on the action.
Uhm #PopeBars ?!?!?! I'm dying! THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) November 30, 2015
Well, here you go, Liv.