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In the link above, which contains the original post in Polish, there are references listed at the end. While I omitted the references, I added some links to Wikipedia in this text.
(Edited once since posting. Edit reason: minor corrections in the text.)
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A noble pursuit.
As a person who has been on the internet this long, it really shouldn't surprise me that "Trying to achieve the S-rank in Negative Attention" is the primary goal of some netizens, but it does.
Weirdly specific thing to order via identity theft.
Arson, murder, theft, libel, money laundering, racketeering, human trafficking, and...jaywalking?
And to think I cut a fair portion of the content! However, these were mostly descriptions of specific cases, which is less important in relation to the whole.
So, I'll try to elaborate a bit on the memetic impact of that confession.
Since then, the kremówka became a symbol of the pope's human side. Pope John Paul II was, I believe I can safely say so, a common man's pope - he refused to be restrained by all the pomp that had grown around his office over the years, always ready to talk to children or other random people or to crack jokes and divulge personal anecdotes. This was one of those anecdotes. Like I said, it became a shorthand for his down-to-earth image for good and bad; in this context, the bad is more important. You see, there are many things to say about the man. You can see him as a moral authority, a brilliant theologian, a cunning politician, a man of faith whose trusting nature prevented him from recognizing the depravity of certain clergymen, so on. But that would require some deliberation, while the easy way out is to treat him as a celebrity, a showman you love to see but barely pay any attention to his message (how many of Bono's fans send money to relief funds?).
So, the image of "kremówkarz" (loosely translated: "the caker" - I'd say "the creampier" if not for the association of the words "cream pie" with porn) was born - on one hand among his critics who believe that, either, he focused on the entirely wrong part of being a pope, or that he used his popular image to deflect criticism of his policies; on the other, by those who would rather see him treated seriously.
So, let's generalize. I think it can be safely said that if not for the problem described above, "cenzopapa" would not go mainstream. The superficiality, intellectual emptiness of the cult of John Paul II reduced to the level of kremówkas, street names (some cities have one for John Paul II and one for Karol Wojtyła) and brain-numbingly ugly monuments of him placed in every possible public space (foremostly but not exclusively in front of parish churches) meant that instead of being a shocker as intended, parts of the cenzopapa fad were accepted by youth mainstream.
(Among my sources was an article by Maciej Zięba, a Dominican friar: http://www.rp.pl/Opinie/180519394-O-Maciej-Zieba-Dlaczego-sie-odjaniepawla.html)
I genuinely thought the whole thing about Bono was the sunglasses/accent and I only just found out via Google about the charity work.
Does this make Francis "John Paul II.0?" I feel like I used to hear about the pope more when it was John Paul II, but then again I mostly make an actual thing of not paying attention to pop culture outside the realm of stuff posted on Just Jared or Tigerbeat and I have heard about his visits to places on the news at least once every quarter.
I didn't know this was a defense that was a thing.
Sort of, I guess. He has a number of critics within the Catholic Church that he actually has no policy (ie. one they want him to have) and he just makes up for it with the act. I don't know if those critical of the Church in general have spoken out against Francis in any notable way, but if they had, I dare say they would use the argument you quote.
Yeah, it's been making circles. You know, the problem is that the pope either knew, or he didn't know. Would be hard to defend him if he did know about the pastimes of folks like Marciel Delgado, and there is no proof he did, so if you want to defend him from accusations you say he didn't know. This, in turn, opens a whole new can of worms, because you'd expect him to actually know what's going on in the organisation he runs. So if you don't want to assume his complicity, but you also don't want to call him a poor administrator, you're left with the notion that he was actually too kind to even consider someone being that crooked. Which is eerily similar to the old Russian adage of "the Tsar is good, it's his advisors who're evil!".
The presidential elections of 2015 (wiki here) saw the victory of Andrzej Duda, a candidate of PiS. (I refer you to my old post for some background.) Personally a lawyer, he was pretty much nobody who showed up from time to time in the background of first line politicians before he was appointed as the PiS candidate.
Now, you may ask, so what, so here's the story. Duda, unlike almost all of his opponents, is a relatively young guy who can speak with the Internet population on their own terms, post a Lennyface, take part in a pre-election AMA on wykop.pl (which, as I explained in the previous entry, can be considered the Polish equivalent of Reddit) and so on. Also, he has a highly memetic face and a pretty daughter. This means that memes about him differ from the typical political memes in that they generally aren't overtly aimed against him or his policies.
So, memes involving him started circulating while he was still a candidate. I have no hard intel on this, but it's pretty obvious the name "cenzoduda" was coined in reference to "cenzopapa", which by then no longer had anything to do with censoring anything and everything with making silly pictures out of a photograph of someone meant to be respected.
First memes likely were a parody of pro-PiS graphics posted on Facebook by normies who couldn't into internet (Americans might think of naive sorts of pro-Republican content) and usually took the form of a picture of Duda with a made-up or falsely attributed quote related to something unwholesome, like war crimes. One of the more colourful ones bore the quote "Hey, here's another one!" - which, with the attribution to 1943 in Volhynia, implicates Duda as a war criminal involved in ethnic cleansing of Poles (wiki). Others "quoted" him as calling for release of Barabbas, telling snipers in the siege of Sarajevo to shoot at kids too, and so on. Then, once he became president, lots of memes appeared that made use of photos of him and his faces at various public functions.
Cenzodudas quickly developed into several different strains. One presents him as the miscreant kid at school, the class clown who pulls pranks at teachers' expense. In these memes Duda's wife Agata is usually presented as his mother, while the previous PiS prime minister Beata Szydło, a woman in her fifties, as a stereotypical stern teacher or school headmaster. Another one, that built from the fake posters I mentioned above, made him into a (sometimes former) war criminal, and a bloody tyrant who keeps harems, sends internet jokesters into gulags or sics death squads on them, and executes people by opening umbrellas inserted into their anuses. The motif of Sarajevo is frequent in this type; one meme was a photo of his daughter Kinga and her boyfriend, then with a broken leg, captioned with words "I told you not to bring up Sarajevo!".
Talking about Kinga. A number of memes present Duda as your typical dad joke-slinging dad fond of pranking his daughter, but she deserves a separate mention. Born in 1995, she is similar in age to a typical wykop user. Add to that that a) wykop draws most of its userbase from the same segment of population as Reddit, 4chan, /r9k/, and other cesspools of internet; and b) Kinga is quite pretty, and you can see where this is going. But to be honest to wykop dudes, unlike what you might've expected, they treat her rather respectfully. She remains the mythical "good girl" that they would love to but can never hope to have, and so they adore her from distance.
On her part, Agata Duda is much less memetic. The most popular meme involving her uses a photo of her greeting some Church officials, on which she was caught taking a step and bowing her head at the same time. This photo was later sold by the presidential pair on an auction for a charity, making quite a sum.
Like I said, memes overtly hostile to him are rare. That's not to say he doesn't receive his share of criticism, but even three years and many politically dubious actions in, it's a rare occurence for it to go memetic. The best-known memes that approach hostility towards him are, as far as I can say, a photo of him from a TV newscast with a fake caption "Andrzej Duda shits in front of French Embassy", and a recording of him laying flowers at a monument played backwards and posted on youtube under a title "Pijany Prezydent Andrzej Duda kradnie kwiaty spod pomnika Romana Dmowskiego! SZOK! xD" ("Drunk President Andrzej Duda steals flowers from the monument of Roman Dmowski! SHOCKING! xD"). The latter's poster - who didn't even make it in the first place - faced criminal charges for that. Again, Duda maintained his internet credentials by publicly condemning this action of the law enforcement.
That school one is way specific.
Oh my gosh they made a president's daughter into a Japanese net idol.
I believe it came to be thanks to the fact that most of the internet community either still has fresh memories of their school time, or by now gets into the nostalgic memories phase. Can't say when the first Duda-as-class-clown meme was created, though.
ZBIGNIEW STONOGA & STONOGAWAVE
This is the story of a man whose entire life led him to become a meme.
Zbigniew Stonoga is a Polish enterpreneur, vlogger, freelancer journalist, a social and political activist, and a (mostly failed) politician. Also, his last name means "centipede". Coming from a poor family from some place of no importance whatsoever, at the end of the communist system he started a small business. As he claims, he got a taste for country-level politics thanks to the Pope's official visit to Poland in 1999. In early 2000s however, he got entangled in several shady dealings involving state agencies (a sadly all-too-common occurence) that were the beginning of his problems with the law - in more than one way. Having an activist streak, he wastes no time in publicising his problems, writing letters to important people, calling upon the Attorney General, and so on and so forth. When the polite way didn't work, he didn't hesitate to use strong language; this would become the basis of his memetic popularity. He claims to have ended up with more than 100 acquittals (I believe that by today it's gonna be 116) and a non-negligible number of (not acquitted) cases of contempt of the court and public officials.
--the dark knight--
In 2012, his new business venture failed, for which he blamed the tax office's unwillingness to give him a tax refund. (Mind you, this sounds like it was his own damn fault, but Polish bureaucracy all-too-often behaves like it was its sacred duty to fuck up everyone who's doing too well, so I'm at least willing to consider his view on the matter.) His reaction to that was to rent billboards with the text "we were fucked by the Warszawa-Targówek tax office". This catapulted him into the public eye - and along with another case, led him to the use of media against his enemies.
--the dark knight rises--
This was also the time when he spewed a string of profanities onto a cop who parked on his lawn. The recording of the whole event - "a little culture you fucking bastard, get the fuck outta the gate!" - was published on Youtube, instantly becoming viral among the younger netizens, ACAB-scribbling underage wangstas, hooligans, chavs etc. etc. This was the beginning of his memetic popularity. But his big day was yet to come.
In February 2015, he set up "Gazeta Stonoga" ("Stonoga Gazette"), apparently as both a means to publish his vigilante findings (in addition to political activism, he also hunts for paedophiles) and to provide him with legitimacy of a registered journalist. He made a big fuss this way, when he published classified data on one of that time's political scandals (the so-called "bugging scandal" in which the police and Poland's internal security agency were accused of illegal phone tapping). As you can imagine, this didn't exactly endear the state bureaucracy to him either. An amusing outcome was that by a not much later point, pretty much nobody knew which side he is on. Everyone believed he's a man of the other faction, with the more paranoid actually believing he is a front for some (internal or external) black ops operation intended to discredit them and spread overall confusion.
But now, 2015 was the year of presidential and parliamentary elections. A short time before that, he joined and left the primary (at the time) Polish right-libertarian party. While his political loyalties clearly lie with that crowd (not surprisingly, given his encounters with the state), he decided to start his own and run in the elections. His meager result led him to share some thoughts on Youtube. These thoughts, his Magnum Opus, came to be known as "the Great Improvisation". Lamenting the limited scope of English profanities, I'm providing the translation:
As a corollary, in 2017 he was arrested for some things he did circa 2009-2011. Last time I have heard of him striking the media was a recording of him was published. In it, he appears in prison window, cursing Kaczyński in his typical language.
--Stonoga & Stonogavawe--
Now, this could be the end of the story, especially with the corollary. But as you can see, it is not so. You see, at some point (I'm not sure but it might've been around 2016), somebody spliced the voice of Stonoga taken from his many Youtube outbursts with a song. This was soon repeated by other internet pranksters. And so, a new genre was born, one that in the fashion of other musical internet phenomena came to be known as Stonogacore or, yes, Stonogawave. The music for these comes from various sources, but reflecting the nostalgic currents in modern internet culture, some of the most prominent examples derive from 80's and 90's pop.
"Zbigniew Stonoga vs Policjant Rozmowa z Policjantem Wypierdalaj Chamie ZA BRAMĘ!!",
"Zbigniew Stonoga wyzywa polskich wyborców 10/2015", (link broken, reposted as "Wielka improwizacja Zbigniewa Stonogi", )
Should've went through with his statements about leaving the country.
Maybe this sort of reaction was why his business ventures kept bleeding money.
This only works if you're lucky enough to re-emerge in the futuristic post-internet zeitgeist.
Media say he did, but Monte Carlo is close enough for EU-wide arrest warrants. Too bad. He could still be posting from a no-extradition country.
On the right picture:
"Yo, what the John Paul is going in here?"
"What an epic party!"
Apparently the chapter is called "Values and Choices".
edit: paradoxically, I've seen a comment along the lines of "trying too hard" - but from one of those serious journalists.
I feel like right now all the non-Donald Trump presidents have a looooot of room to act ridiculous (Prime Minister but same difference).