Last Friday, March 24th, an AI-created image of the pope wearing a white puffer jacket was posted to the subreddit /r/midjourney. Captioned “The Pope Drip,” the image was then shared on Twitter by the user skyferrori, where it blew up. With his post sitting at 26.3 million views, the Pope and his fictional white puffer jacket tricked the internet is what might be the most successful AI image ever created.
While those in the know will recognize that Midjourney is the name of an image-creating AI, “The Pope Drip” was life-like enough to fool thousands. Even celebrities admitted to being duped by the picture.
OKAAYYY pic.twitter.com/MliHsksX7L— leon (@skyferrori) March 25, 2023
Chrissy Teigen was not alone in expressing concern over “surviving the future of technology.” “People over the internet are actually thinking this is real,” one Redditor commented on the original post. “What a crazy time we're living in.”
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— chrissy teigen (@chrissyteigen) March 26, 2023
Not only did I not realize it was fake, I also saw a tweet from someone else saying it was AI and thought HE was joking.— Eddie Croesi (@MajesticImpact) March 26, 2023
As exposed by the TikTok CEO’s recent testimony before congress, many prominent authority figures already have trouble with basic technological knowledge. What disastrous outcomes are possible when half of society can be fooled by a fake picture?
However, it didn’t take long for those aware of the image’s artificial origins to start memeing it and even creating their own similar prompts. Abe Lincoln might even out-drip the Pope.
Abraham Lincoln when he saw the Pope’s drip pic.twitter.com/qdQaRjTUW6— JaValle (@JaValle) March 25, 2023
Kim Kardashian has purchased Pope Francis‘ KI jacket for $500k, TMZ reports pic.twitter.com/prR7rkD6WA— Roman Wagner (@RealRomanWagner) March 26, 2023
The boys in Brooklyn could only hope for this level of drip pic.twitter.com/MiqkcLQ8Bd— Nikita S (@singareddynm) March 25, 2023
they are still on the Pope Francis Drip pic.twitter.com/66W4mt7ilp— tower of david consul ltd (@TowerConsul1) March 27, 2023
Forget GPT-4, I know y'all wanna see some of that Pope Francis drip!— Lukas Hermann (@_lhermann) March 27, 2023
GTA: Vatican City pic.twitter.com/oUeWPGhNZv