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Trump Family’s Bizarre Goth Visit to Vatican Sparks Meme Wave

by Michael Anthony Farley on May 25, 2017
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Donald, Melania, and Ivanka Trump paid an extremely awkward visit to the Pope this week, and the only ones who seemed to enjoy themselves were everyone on the internet. This is the latest in a string of GIF-able, meme-able moments from a Mediterranean-spanning trip plagued by bad optics.

Of particular note were the bizarre goth ensembles donned by Ivana and Melania, adding to the somber vibe. Apparently it’s some Catholic custom (that seems out of the Dark Ages) for women to cover up when meeting the Pope. The Trump ladies took this as an opportunity to dress like Lydia Deetz from Beetlejuice. We wish we had these outfits for our Goth Opera party!

One irony in this, of course, is that the conservative internet went wild praising Melania for not wearing a headscarf when visiting Saudi Arabia. The biggest irony? Trump criticized Michelle Obama when she decided to forgo a headscarf when visiting Saudi Arabia as First Lady.

The hypocrisy never ends, but at least the human trainwreck that is the First Family provides us all with plenty of LOLs to distract from the fact that they’re destroying civilization as we know it.

Below, some of my favorite memes from the Vatican trip—drawing comparisons to everything from the camp classic Death Becomes Her to Hot Topic employees.

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Friday Links!

by Will Brand on September 30, 2011

  • Tyler Green writes about de Kooning’s figuration in depth on the occasion of the MoMA show. The best revelation: Matisse was constantly painting people in yellow chairs. [MAN]
  • In the dumbest story ever, Bob Dylan’s shitty paintings might all be based on other people’s photographs. What will we do? [NY Times]
  • In the second dumbest story ever, the Vatican’s gonna very charitably give a do-over to the artist they hired to sculpt Pope John Paul II. The official Vatican art critic (are they hiring?) said the work they got looked too much like a “sentry box” and/or Benito Mussolini, and didn’t match the papal couch besides. I suggest they look into copying this statue of JP², in Wadowice, which really draws out that one time in his life when he was a wizard in a hurry.
  • Everybody in the universe (ourselves included) is rushing out “wtf was postmodernism” pieces to coincide with the Victoria and Albert Museum’s “Postmodernism-Style and Subversion 1970-1990”. Edward Docx’s PoMo for Dummies-style essay in Prospect Magazine is one of the better ones. [Prospect]
  • The Guardian has some nonsense about an artist who tried to make a movie for chimps, which is notable for two reasons: firstly the incredible feats of reasoning used to justify the present as a “Chimp Moment”, and secondly the utter ignorance of the Meow Mix project MeowTV, which released a pilot episode of a TV program designed for cats (along with a cat restaurant where this was shown) way back in 2003. AFC actually holds one of the very few copies of the DVD to be sold, but until we put that up you’ll have to do with this song about getting neutered. [Guardian]
  • Finally, some kid feels both “mad and frustrated” that his phone still doesn’t work in the subway. We feel you. [L Mag]
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