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Pope in White Puffer Jacket / Pope Francis Drip

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Pope in White Puffer Jacket, also known as Balenciaga Pope and Pope Francis Drip, is an AI-generated image of Pope Francis wearing a long white puffer coat, which was created with Midjourney. The photo inspired many jokes and memes about the Pope, drip and hip-hop culture. It also looked realistic enough to many that a notable portion believed it was a genuine photo, leading to debate over the consequences and possibilities of artificial intelligence.


On March 24th, 2023, the photo of Pope Francis wearing a long puffer coat (along with three others) was posted to the /r/midjourney subreddit by a Redditor whose account was deleted shortly after. The original post received over 700 upvotes in two days.[1] It was presumably made on Midjourney.

A later Reddit post (seen below) on March 26th, 2023 on the subreddit /r/aiArt, by a user who claimed to have generated the original image and later been banned from Reddit, shared the prompt which was purportedly used.[8] The original generator of the prompt also shared a link to their Instagram, @art_2_inspire, which featured other images generated using AI.[9]

35 Posted by u/Trippy_art_special_ 3 months ago Got perma ban for Pope Drip Discussion Please follow my Instagram @art_is_2_inspire Prompt Catholic Pope Francis wearing Balenciaga puffy jacket high end fashion runway, throwing up gang signs with hands, taken using a Canon EOS R camera with a 50mm f/1.8 lens, f/2.2 aperture, shutter speed 1/200s, ISO 100 and natural light, Full Body, Hyper Realistic Photography, Cinematic, Cinema, Hyperdetail, UHD, Color Correction, hdr, color grading, hyper realistic CG animation --ar 4:5 --upbeta -- q 2 --v 5 I'm done with Reddit for now 16 Comments + Award Share Save D

On the evening of Saturday, March 25th, Twitter user @skyferrori then reposted the image on that platform (seen below). This post received over 178,000 likes, and within the next hour or so, several others commemorating the "dripped-up pontiff" were made.[2]

leon @skyferrori. 18h OKAAYYY 1,557 28.5K 182.6K ₁17.9M ↑ :


Later Twitter posts spreading the photo around garnered hundreds of thousands of likes and interactions as it went viral in late March 2023. Others also started riffing off the central meme. For example, on March 25th, Twitter user @GritGrowthCap imagined an album cover with Pope Francis on it, receiving over 3,300 likes in one day (seen below, left).[6] Also that day, user @Javalle posted a version with Abraham Lincoln wearing a similar outfit, earning almost 500 likes in a similar timeframe (seen below, right).[7]


Commentary about the Pope Francis Drip meme led many to question whether society was prepared for the widespread use of artificial intelligence, given how real-looking the AI-generated image of Francis appeared to be. For example, on March 26th, celebrity Chrissy Teigen confessed to being duped by the image (seen below), receiving almost 14,000 likes in less than a day.[5]

chrissy teigen @chrissyteigen I thought the pope's puffer jacket was real and didnt give it a second thought. no way am I surviving the future of technology 3:31 AM. Mar 26, 2023 869.6K Views 733 Retweets 107 Quotes 13.5K Likes 50 Bookmarks ...

Various Examples

Nikita S @singareddynm. 18h The boys in Brooklyn could only hope for this level of drip 1,053 t 19K 169.9K ₁8.9M ↑ : Robert Evans (The Only Robert Evans) @IwriteOK. 8h man i hate to give a pope credit but that's a solid look Jake Flores @feraljokes 9h Ayo. Blessed be. 51 t 121 3,369 ₁139.7K ↑ ... Mason Mennenga @masonmennenga • 14h the pope looks like he's the pastor of a church that justin bieber would go to O 80 149 1,691 ₁65.8K ↑

Zack Bornstein @ZackBornstein · 15h looks like he's about to drop a 40 point triple double 173 1 483 SEMANA 5,177 ₁425.7K ↑ : Phil Klay @PhilKlay. 13h "Ain't nobody Pope as me, I'm just so fresh, so clean" O 12 24 206 ₁16.8K I Could've Just Sat On In With Massa @Written ByHanna the pope has been wearing that same musty robe for a 100 years now why would he decide to be dripped out on a random Saturday afternoon HOOD VOGUE is tired of poverty @keyon - 14h The picture of the pope in a puffer trench coat is Ai????????? Show this thread 8:49 PM Mar 25, 2023 685.5K Views . . : 1,212 Retweets 47 Quotes 12.5K Likes 116 Bookmarks


External References

[1] Reddit – /r/midjourney

[2] Twitter – @skyferrori

[3] Reddit – /r/photoshopbattles

[4] Reddit – /r/MemeEconomy

[5] Twitter – @chrissyteigen

[6] Twitter – @GritGrowthCap

[7] Twitter – @JaValle

[8] Reddit – Got perma ban for pope drip

[9] Instagram – @art_2_inspire

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in reply to Victreebong

I talked about this months ago. Any video evidence used in court is gonna have to be thrown out because you can't be sure if it's real or not. Or worse you could have cases of what would normally be clear cut evidence of wrong doing and it will just be brushed off as AI generated.


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