Pope Video 4 – Small bloggers

Pope Video 4 – Small bloggers

April 7, 2016

Finally, a “Pope Video” I can applaud.

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  1. Pope Video 4 — Small Farmers

    Posted by St. Corbinian’s Bear at corbiniansbear.blogspot.com/2016/04/pope-video-4-small-farmers_6.html


    The Pope Video franchise starring Pope Francis as the eponymous lovable commie Pope character has cranked out its April video. Like previous Pope videos, it predictably relies on montages of people’s faces, looking directly into the camera lens. It has a synthesized score that makes you expect Enya to start singing the intention. The visuals, however, are up to par, with a beautiful opening shot of green fields.

    The intention is, that small farmers receive a just compensation for their hard work. Who could be against that, right? Except, as with all these horrible, horrible cookie cutter productions, there is a subversive message.

    The supporting actor is a middle-aged white farmer with a hoe and one donkey.

    But, all the Pope Videos are little morality plays for our times. The villains of the piece are capitalists. Unless you can think of something else represented by frenetic activity on Wall Street while the Pope intones, “It is not right to exploit [the earth] for the benefit of just a few, depriving the great majority of their rights and benefits.”

    In other words, Donkey Man would be rolling in dough if it weren’t for evil Wall Street somehow exploiting him and his acre of land. The truth is, in farming, both nature and the market are unforgiving. If your farm equipment is a donkey and a hoe, you cannot compete in the modern agricultural business. Like other folk, Donkey Man has the right to try; he doesn’t have the right to succeed. Realistically, Wall Street probably doesn’t have much to do with the local farmers’ market where you sell your produce.

    Of course, if there were somebody to make other people give Donkey Man a bunch of cash for his hard work, instead of paying him for the market value of his produce, things would be better for him. Sign the Bear up for that free cash, please, for all the hard work that is evident in this ephemeris. Or, since the Bear is a small farmer, after all, how about giving him some(body else’s) money for his miserable goat farm?

    In short, more commie agitprop from the Pope. At least this one doesn’t attack a dogma of the Church, so it’s not quite so appalling.

    Over at Mahound’s Paradise [see comment below], the Hound wonders “Where are the black people?” Now that he raises the point, yeah! Black lives matter, Pope Francis. Why are you banning them from your videos?

  2. The Pope Videos: Where are the Black People?

    Posted by Oakes Spalding at mahoundsparadise.blogspot.com/2016/04/the-pope-videos-where-are-black-people.html

    Happy white family

    The fourth Pope Video, called Small Farmers, is now out.

    It’s a minute and a half of quasi-Marxist bilge.

    But that’s not what I’m going to write about today. Rather I’m going to consider a question that occurred to me while reading the Bear’s short review of the fourth Pope Video:

    The supporting actor is a middle-aged white farmer with a hoe and one donkey.

    That got me thinking. Up to two-thirds of the people in these videos are white (counting what are sometimes called “Hispanics” as white–I hope that doesn’t offend) though in each of the videos there is a noticeable attempt to also include a wide diversity of other races and cultures. So there are Central and South Americans, North Americans, Europeans, Arabs, Indians, Tibetans or Burmese, South-East Asians, Chinese, Japanese and so on.

    But where are the black people?

    Or to put it another way, where are the Africans or people of African descent?

    Africans and people of African descent do, after all, make up a sizable percentage of the world’s population as well as comprising a sizable portion of the world’s Catholics (and probably an even more sizable portion of the world’s practicing Catholics).

    But in more than six minutes of video that includes well over a hundred human figures, only two of the figures are black. It’s a little boy and girl playing on what looks like a cheap metal bed in what could be some sort of shack. The clip lasts no more than two seconds.

    (There is also one drawing of an African family, but in truth it might have been better not to have included that. See below for why.)

    Now, I’m not one of those who believes you must have a mathematically proportionate representation of races in everything you do. But one of the underlying messages of the entire Pope Video series is the value of ethnic and cultural diversity. The whole thing is infused with a We are the World/UNESCO/United Colors of Benetton vibe that’s impossible to miss. That makes the near-complete absence of black people all the more weird. Indeed, the more you think about it, the more incredibly weird it becomes.

    Where is the footage of African farmers nobly toiling (Video 4) or African urbanites coughing up pollution created by capitalism (Video 2) or African families just hanging out (Video 3) or maybe even an African Muslim or Catholic or two? (Video 1).

    They don’t exist, apparently.

    For the fun of it, I actually made a list, starting at the first scene of the first Pope Video and proceeding through the rest. Everyone who appears is counted (and that includes off-camera voices and faces and even some children’s drawings). But to be fair, no one is counted more than once, even if they reappeared.

    If you’ve gotten this far, take a look. I think it’s quite interesting.

    People Featured in the Pope Videos So Far:

    Argentinian Buddhist (white)
    Argentinian Muslim (middle-eastern)
    Argentinian Catholic (white)
    Argentinian Jew (white)
    Pope (white)
    Burmese (?) Buddhists (asian)
    Eastern Orthodox prelate (white)
    Argentinian Jew (white)
    Argentinian/European little girl (white)
    Argentinian/European little boy (white)
    Bicyclist wearing Respro mask (white or asian)
    Muslim (?) man (middle-eastern)
    Elderly Argentinian/European (white)
    Turbaned man (asian)
    Chinese woman (asian)
    Irish/Scandinavian etc. woman (white)
    White hand brushing flowers (white)
    Argentinian/European yuppy (white)
    Two white hands exchanging a clover (white)
    Pony tailed person staring into sea (white or asian)
    Argentinian/European face staring into sea (white)
    White feet dangling over dock (white)
    Indian mother and two sons (asian)
    Two African children laughing over book on cheap bed in shack (black)
    Argentinian/Southern European family on nice couch (white)
    Argentinian/European father and son swimming (white)
    Argentinian/European little girl (white)
    Her arguing parents (white)
    Her brother (white)
    Drawing of Spanish family (white)
    Drawing of family in front of mountains (white)
    Drawing of family, including father with extremely long legs (asian or white)
    Drawing of family near tree and lake (white)
    More abstract drawing of family (indeterminate)
    Drawing of African family in front of grass hut with father holding spear (black)
    I’m not making this up.
    Drawing of Arab family in desert (middle-eastern)
    Drawing of happy family with red cheeks (white)
    Campesino older man (white)
    Campesino older woman (white)
    Four campesinos (white)
    Chinese/South East Asian rice farmers (asian)
    Farmer with boots, gloves and head covering (indeterminate)
    Pakistani or Indian farmer (middle-eastern or asian)
    Tired small farmer (white)
    Frenetic capitalists on floor of New York City Stock Exchange (white)
    Central American migrant farm workers (?) (white)
    Japanese (?) farmer (asian)
    Old Arab man (middle-eastern)
    One or two additional farmers (white)

    Happy black family

    Against the rainbow of ethnic diversity presented above, the lack of black people stands out. Maybe they’re hiding in the hut.

    What does it all mean? How could someone on the political left (which, let’s admit it, the Pope quite obviously is) forget about black people? How could someone who many believe cares so much about people in general and the poor and downtrodden in particular, effectively ignore 20% of the world’s population including many of its most poor and downtrodden, especially those on the African continent? Or to flip it, why didn’t they include more black people just, you know, hanging out–sitting on couches or swimming in pools or running on beaches. Don’t black people like to do those things too?

    Am I alleging that the Pope and/or his Argentinian video production company is in some sense racist, at least in terms of ignoring black people or shuffling them off to the side or just not considering them to be as interesting, photogenic or important as other people?


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