|Sandwich Mom -- Fake.|
All of us have been moved by the soulful eyes of our brothers and sisters looking into the camera as they suffer from various injustices of the modern world. Who can forget Scrubbing Woman, Sandwich Mom and Triangle Lady in the latest video. Or... okay, maybe we can forget the Pope Videos. They do blur into a sameness of people of every age and ethnicity looking into the camera in either sadness or hope, while the same synthesized score plays in the background.
All the Characters are Fake, Except Pope Francis
However, with the assistance of reader "laurel," whose search fu is strong, putting the Bear on the scent, the Bear is prepared to disclose that Sad-Eyed Oppressed Stay-at-Home Sandwich Mom With a Quaalude Habit is not real. Neither is Scrubbing Woman, Soul Patch Donkey Farmer, or Turban Man.
If you look at the credits on the Pope Video website, you will find "Pope Francis shooting and file footage," is done by Centro Televisivo Vaticano. In other words, the Pope is the only real person who is actually shot on camera for these productions. All our favorite characters are just actors and actresses.
That's right. Your emotions have been cleverly manipulated by cheesy stock footage purchased from some service. Worse, Sandwich Mom probably doesn't belong to SAG and got paid next to nothing, which is pretty darned ironic in the Bear's book.
Were Actors Compensated Fairly?
We have a right to know whether Scrubbing Woman is being exploited by the Jesuits who are behind these videos. The Bear wants to know: how well were these actors compensated? Did Sandwich Mom, who says "I do my job as well as a man," make as much as Soul Patch Donkey Farmer?
When Is a Prayer Intention Not a Prayer Intention?
This may seem like an obvious and trivial point. However, it is emblematic of the PR pontificate of Francis. When you think about it, juicing up monthly prayer intentions with cleverly produced agitprop turns "intentions" into something other than subjects for prayer. Your emotions are deliberately manipulated to promote an ideological agenda. Pope Francis can't say "all religions are the same," but the video sure can. (That video was possibly actually shot, since the Bear doubts any stock footage supplier would have anything that stupid on hand.)
What does it mean when a prayer intention is actually a political view disguised as an "intention?" When you pray your rosary, are you required to agree about global warming, or the role of women in society? Is it unlikely that the video is going to kick in and complicate your prayers? Just posting them in short text form is infinitely better. If -- that is -- they are intended as real prayer intentions such as we have always had as Catholics.
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No, this is not a scandal. However, it is a lens through which you can see a hollow pontificate in one, long montage. The Pope Videos are fakes, in more ways than one. The only real person in the Pope Videos is the Pope. Or is he, too, playing a part in his personal telenovela?
By the way, here's the editorial board, which should not surprise anyone.
Father Frédéric Fornos, SJ. Director General of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network
Juan Della Torre, CEO of La Machi - Communication for Good Causes
Cristina Miguens, Director of Sophia Magazine (Argentine magazine: spirituality, gender, etc.)
Father Guillermo Marco, former spokesman for Cardenal Bergoglio in the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires. Co-Chairman of the Institute for Interreligious Dialogue
Rabbi Daniel Goldman, Co-President of the Institute for Interreligious Dialogue
Omar Abboud, Islamic leader and Co-Chairman of the Institute for Interreligious Dialogue
Marcelo Figueroa, journalist and evangelic leader
And you wonder why the Bear is such a tireless sentinel.