Trump's Awkward Photo with Pope Francis Becomes a Horror Movie Meme

By Matt Novak on at

Yesterday, Pope Francis met with President Trump. And needless to say, the pope didn’t look too happy about it. Maybe it had to do with the fact that Trump previously called the pope “disgraceful” and said ISIS will attack the Vatican, but who knows? The photo was surreal, and sure enough, people have been photoshopping the hell out of it.

The photo above was created by Canadian designer and illustrator James White. And if you haven’t seen the original photo you might be confused about what part is even photoshopped. All White did was add the kid from the the classic 1976 horror movie The Omen. Spoiler alert: The kid, who’s supposed to be the Antichrist, is adopted by the US president at the end of that movie. Seriously.

For context, here’s the original photo:

(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

But White was far from the only one who saw an opportunity to spice up the photos from yesterday’s awkward meeting at the Vatican.

Some people even started riffing on White’s addition of Damien, and couldn’t help but keep adding things like the girls from The Shining, the nun from The Conjuring 2, Vigo from Ghostbusters II, and plenty more.

Others went with an angle that included more fantasy, much like the photoshops of Trump’s glowing orb in Saudi Arabia.

While some went with a more absurdist pop culture approach.

And others added White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, a devout Catholic, who was reportedly very excited to meet the pope. But he wasn’t allowed in for some unnamed reason.

“Wow. That’s all he wanted,” a source close to the White House told CNN when it was revealed that Spicer wasn’t allowed to meet the pope.

President Trump is notoriously vindictive and petty so we have to assume the president didn’t let Sean Spicer come to meet the pope because the president is simply a complete dick.

Other people added a bit more levity to the situation:

But sometimes the unedited interactions said more than anything the internet could conjure up.

When all is said and done, this might be the most meme’d trip a US president has ever taken, and it’s not even over yet.

Between Melania’s constant rejection of her husband’s hand in Israel and Rome, to the completely surreal orb photo in Saudi Arabia, this trip has been red meat for the internet’s jokesters and yuck-em-ups.


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