HUMOR: Facebook Photo Album Derails Cardinal’s Papal Candidacy

By David Cohen 

The fact that content on users’ Facebook profiles can affect their employment prospects and higher-education opportunities has been hammered home time and again, but did photos posted on the social network derail a candidacy for one of the highest-profile jobs around: pope? Not really, but it’s still a good read.

According to The Borowitz Report, a fictitious humor blog in The New Yorker, Dutch Cardinal Bonifacius Steuer was removed from the shortlist to replace retiring Pope Benedict XVI due to a photo album on his Facebook profile titled, “Tampa Phun.”

What constituted “phun” in Tampa? According to The Borowitz Report, the photo album contained images of Cardinal Steuer at fraternity parties and strip clubs, making gang signs at the camera, and drinking throughout from two cans of Old Milwaukee mounted on a beer-drinking hat.

Tracy Klugian — described as “a job-placement specialist who helps papal candidates navigate the labyrinthine pope-selection process” — “told” The Borowitz Report:

If you’re serious about becoming pope, look at every single photo you’ve posted on Facebook and Instagram. If there’s someone on your arm who makes you look fallible, crop them out. At the end of the day, they couldn’t live with pictures out there of a pope in a funny hat.

Readers: The post on The Borowitz Report is clearly fiction, but is it really that far from the truth?

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