Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) went viral on Sunday for criticizing Christian ads that aired during the Super Bowl.
What were the ads about?
The “He Gets Us” campaign spent $20 million to air two commercials during the Super Bowl.
One of the ads showed people from different background engaged in fights and arguments over politics, religion, and justice issues. “Jesus loved the people we hate,” the ad says at the end.
The other ad showed various pictures of children displaying kindness and compassion. “Back in Jesus’ day, children weren’t regarded the same way they are today. This made his teachings around the value of being childlike countercultural,” a description of the ad reads.
“Jesus didn’t want us to act like adults,” the ad declares.
What did AOC say?
Toward the end of the Super Bowl, Ocasio-Cortez condemned the advertisements and claimed that Jesus would not approve of spending such a large sum of money “to make fascism look benign.”
“Something tells me Jesus would *not* spend millions of dollars on Super Bowl ads to make fascism look benign,” she said.
The New York Democrat, however, did not explain how the advertisements whitewash fascism or how the commercials in any way approved of fascism or promoted it.
The tweet had received nearly 10 million views by Monday morning. While some people agreed with Ocasio-Cortez’s sentiment — that spending money on Super Bowl ads is perhaps not the best use of money — many others observed that her response demonstrated a lack of self-awareness, thus making her the perfect audience for the ad.
Moreover, as controversial as the “He Gets Us” campaign has been in some circles, the mission of the organization is clear — and it has nothing to do with promoting whatever Ocasio-Cortez postured herself as opposing.
“We simply want everyone to understand the authentic Jesus as he’s depicted in the Bible — the Jesus of radical forgiveness, compassion, and love,” the organization explains on its website.
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