In what may be the most brilliant case of probably-unintentional “newsjacking” in recent memory, the self-described “president of the central council of German rabbit breeders” has made the world aware of his existence.
Pope Francis won headlines yesterday for saying, as he returned from his recent trip to Asia, that Catholics should be more responsible with their baby-making activities:
“Each person with his pastor seeks how to do that responsible parenthood. God gives you methods to be responsible. Some think that — excuse the word — that in order to be good Catholics we have to be like rabbits. No.”
A clear translation: the fact that the Church discourages all forms of artificial birth control does not mean that you should just have one kid after another. It’s not practical!
Today, however, The Associated Press ran the news that Erwin Leowsky, leader of the aforementioned group designed to get rabbits to make other rabbits, was upset by the Pope’s remark. He spoke to German news agency dpa to label the comments “unfair” and “inaccurate,” clarifying that “only rabbits which live in the wild are sexually overactive…those in captivity have tamer reproductive habits.”
His next statement was the winner:
“He should really think harder about giving up expressions like that and allow people to use contraception instead. I think it would be much more appropriate than saying such stupid things.”
A quick Google News search for the speaker’s name will show you how many people now know that The Association of German Rabbit Breeders is a thing. Check out the group’s website and this picture of the loquacious Mr. Leowsky himself:
Pic via KVZ Munchberg home page
We know who won today’s news cycle…