A lone seagull landed on the the chimney on the Sistine Chapel, oblivious to the world’s media, video cameras and millions of pairs of eyes staring at its perch in hope of a glimpse of smoke, be it black or white.
The seagull became an instant Internet and social media star. On Twitter, an account named @SistineSeagull already has more than 5.800 followers as we write.
The seagull tweets:
hrrmmm... Getting dark... running out of Cheetos. This could get ugly. #conclave— SistineSeagull (@SistineSeagull) 13 mars 2013
Another seagull-theme Twitter handle, @VaticanSeagull, set up by a tech-saavy netizen claims in its bio “I was created by @igerner so that no one else could make a dumb parody account.” His first and only tweet only says “No, people. Just no.”
It has become a sort of Twitter ritual that random objects and persons featured in the news become “alive” by way of parody Twitter accounts.
This situation inspired our cartoonist Etienne Barthomeuf :