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SNL Introduces Pope Quvenzhané The First

Submitted by on March 4, 2013 – 4:10 pmNo Comment

This week, Saturday Night Live proposed an interesting choice for the next pope: America’s darling, Quvenzhané Wallis. SNL spoofed news network CNN reporting on the announcement, with host Kevin Hart as the nine-year-old Academy Award nominee.

It’s hilarious, more so because there’s crazy logic at work rather than just being straight up absurd. Wouldn’t the selection of Wallis be mutually beneficial? The Catholic Church gets a leader free of scandal, whom everyone loves, and who symbolically reaches out to the Church’s changing and progressive demographics. And Wallis… assumes a more mature role as she courts evolving roles in Hollywood?

The selection of an adorable, all-embracing, scandal-free pope reminded me of  South Park‘s “Fantastic Easter Special” episode, where a bunny becomes pope “just as Jesus intended.”

Wallis earned raves for her lead performance in 2012′s indie hit, Beasts of the Southern Wild, a role she filmed when she was only five years old. Both she and the film got Oscar nods, though both lost on awards night. However, Wallis cemented herself in the hearts of viewers at home with her puppy handbag and the “strongman” pose she would strike whenever the camera hit her.

Commentors have learned to cross Wallis at their own peril. Among much other criticism, Oscar host Seth MacFarlane caught flak for making a joke about George Clooney that mentioned Wallis; and satirical newspaper The Onion went into defense mode and issued a rare apology for tweeting a sarcastic slur about the girl.

The Catholic Church could sure use that kind of media immunity right about now.

What do you think of the sketch? Are Kennan Thompson‘s faces even funnier than Kevin Hart dancing in a dress?

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