#Pontifigate Fever

Friend-of-KtB Sascha Freudenheim brought this clip to my attention:

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which I, obviously, enjoyed.

Then, F.O.KtB Sascha suggested a Twitter campaign to get John Hodgman of the Daily Show to use the Pontifigate coinage. I said, “Sure! What’s a Twitter campaign?” Anyway, we both sent tweets to Hodgman and wouldn’t you know? He tweeted me back! Here’s our “conversation!”

marykvalle@Hodgman 1. Rick James described the “incense, wine and candles” as “such a freaky scene.” 2. It’s called “Pontifigate.” You’re welcome!

hodgman Alas, @marykvalle. I can’t go back and use your “PONTIFIGATE” gag on TDS. Like the Doctor, I can’t alter my own timeline. But THANK YOU.

marykvalle@hodgman You’re welcome. Feel free to use #Pontifigate in the future!

marykvalle@hodgman P.S. I ripped the lid off of Pontifigate a few days ago! Secret Vatican Pie Chart revealed! http://cli.gs/B1VP5

His reply was also sent to his over 400,000 followers. Let’s all cross our fingers and hope that they use it on the show! Buddha-killers! Our time has come! #Pontifigate fever: catch it!

Mary Valle lives in Baltimore and is the author of Cancer Doesn't Give a Shit About Your Stupid Attitude: Reflections on Cancer and Catholicism. She blogs on KtB as The Communicant. For more Mary, check out her blog or follow her on Twitter.