Before The Pope Videos, there was a gorgeous, buxom, blond Italian actress who asked women to send videos of themselves to Pope Francis. Although the promotion ignited a feminist backlash and was roundly ridiculed, today it looks pretty good after The Pope Videos. The Bear will take Nancy Brilli over Pope Francis any day.
Alas, Nancy didn't last long, and, to the Bear's knowledge, the Vatican never released a compilation of the submitted videos. But the Vatican learned its lesson.
Back then, culture chief Cardinal Giancarlo Ravasi complained that criticism from the U.S. demanded that they "must start with the abuse to which they are subjected, to focus on all that is negative." (In fairness to Cardinal Ravasi, this video wouldn't raise an eyebrow in Italy.)
So what do we get now? Abuse to which women are subjected and all that is negative. Sandwich Mom, and Scrubbing Woman. Confident Nancy, who at least looks like she has things together must give way to an unending stream of victims.
You've come a long way, baby.