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, 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?