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New Jude Law Series The Young Pope Inspires Twitter Meme-Fest

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by | January 13, 2017 | Comments

The Young Pope - Jude Law (Gianni Fiorito/HBO)

Did you hear the one about the young pope? The new HBO miniseries The Young Pope, starring Jude Law, has been the subject of some sacrilegious — but pretty clever — ridicule on Twitter.

To be fair, the concept is sort of asking for it, with sexy English rogue Jude Law portraying the holiest person in the Catholic Church (albeit an outlandish version). The show focuses on Law’s character, a freewheeling, neoconservative American cardinal who ends up in the papacy and bucks the Church’s authority. Diane Keaton co-stars as Sister Mary, “a nun from the U.S. now living in Vatican City,” according to HBO.

Esquire’s review sums up the absurdity — and perhaps genius — of the show, which is currently Certified Fresh with a 73% Tomatometer rating: The Young Pope “is roughly what would happen if Ryan Murphy directed House of Cards after simultaneously developing a serious cocaine habit and an obsession with Italian cinema.”

Some of our favorite memes on the subject from the Twitterverse:

A take on the Pope smoke signals…

A “Bohemian Rhapsody” riff…

This very holy pup… er pope…

Spoof or real?

A Blink-182 fan’s take on it…

Feminist Pope

Feeling inadequate pope…

Leslie Pope…

And the fashion police take on the Pope…

The Young Pope premieres on HBO January 15

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