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9 May 2018updated 28 Jun 2021 4:38am

Vaticansplaining: Piers Morgan tweets the actual Pope with his Met Gala rage

“I’m very disappointed the Vatican approved last night’s Catholic-mocking Met Gala.”

By Media Mole

Your mole isn’t usually one for religion, but this morning it prays and prays for the confidence of a mediocre middle-aged white man.

Because Piers Morgan, renowned tabloid ham and ITV’s ruddiest reactionary, has tweeted THE POPE with his rant in the Mail against the Met Gala’s theme of Catholicism in fashion.

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Not only does he think THE ACTUAL POPE would give a flying cherub about his stubborn little blog post moaning about flesh and Islam or something, but he also CORRECTS THE POPE.

Yes, in trying to back up his argument, which is about being outraged at cultural appropriation but only if it’s Christian culture, he tells the Pope how to Pope.

Vaticansplaining, if you will.

“Apparently – staggeringly – the Vatican gave permission for the Gala to be ‘Catholic-themed’ because it has already provided a variety of clothes and other items for an accompanying exhibition at the Met. To which my response is: what the hell was the Vatican thinking?” he wrote. To the Pope.

As if tweeting his column to the Pope without irony isn’t bizarre enough, Morgan also appears to have developed a new-found wokeness – not only railing against cultural appropriation, but also expressing outrage on behalf of sex abuse victims.

“A lot of the imagery was highly sexualised, which you might think not just inappropriate for a religious theme but also incredibly offensive to the many victims of sex abuse in the Catholic Church,” said the man who made fun of the #metoo movement by trying to get his female co-presenter to embrace him on live TV.

Oh, Piers. Your mole can only hope his holiness sees his tweet and accuses him of political correctness gone mad.