Bitter racist Joy Reid was joined by John Fugelsang for a few minutes of light blasphemy and literal ignorance of Biblical proportions in an unfunny segment that brightly illuminates the left’s outright contempt for persons of faith.
Watch as Reid and Fugelsang stumble through discussion of the controversial “He Gets Us” ad that aired during the Super Bowl, as aired on MSNBC’s The ReidOut on Monday, February 12th, 2024:
JOY REID: Let’s talk about the other odd ad. Because this is the other ad that had people like, “Wait a minute. Is Jesus on FeetFinder? Let me play a little bit of it. Um, He Gets Us. That’s the ad. Here it is.
AD MUSIC: …You were there/ Two worlds collided/ And they could never tear us apart/ We could live/ For a thousand years…
REID: I know that there was a Jesus ad last Super Bowl, but that time it was sort of by an anti-LGBTQ group. This is different funders, so it’s not- it’s the same kind of thing…but, what did you make of that?
JOHN FUGELSANG: Look. First off, it’s great that Jesus raised my favorite INXS song from the dead. So, thank you for that. That was lovely. I’m of a very mixed mind on it, Joy. I thought it was a beautiful ad, to be honest with you. The whole message of it is an attack on Christian nationalism. Or Christian fascism. Or fundamentalism. Whatever you want to call it. It doesn’t present this fictional American, warrior caucasian Jesus. It shows that Jesus is a life of compassion and love. And service and humility. I mean, I’m watching the ad and I was thinking this is designed to make MAGA heads explode. There were (unint) concerns, though, which is: well, OK but if you care this much and you get what Jesus was about, couldn’t that $12 million have been used to take care of the poor? Jesus did tell off his own followers for spending money on ointment instead of helping them. And it’s the funders you bring up, Joy. Because when I learned who the funders were, it’s a lot of these groups that are deeply anti-gay. Anti-LGBT. And, to me, homophobia is the opposite of Jesus’ teachings. Homophobia is incompatible with the Gospels.
Prior to writing this item, I was fully and blissfully unaware that FeetFinder is an actual thing related to foot fetishism. I wasn’t about to click any further than the basic Google search, so I still don’t know whether Reid was talking about an app or a website. Nonetheless, she tried to make a funny by suggesting that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has a thing for feet. Would Reid make such a joke while discussing Muhammad? We don’t know for sure, but probably not.
Reid then tosses over to Fugelsang, who is the living embodiment of the “I have nothing but contempt for your backwards Christian beliefs” meme. Fugelsang routinely shows nothing but contempt for people of faith, but insists on Scripture in an attempt to shame them into his side of any given argument- a Biblical application of the appeal to authority fallacy.
And as is often the case with Fugelsang and Bible verses, he has no idea of what he is talking about. Consider this bit of exegesis when talking about the cost of the ad:
OK but if you care this much and you get what Jesus was about, couldn’t that $12 million have been used to take care of the poor? Jesus did tell off his own followers for spending money on ointment instead of helping them.
Of course, no such thing happened. Were Fugelsang ever to pick a Bible up for something other than to use it as a cudgel against those he disagrees with, he’d find that it was AKCHUALLY Judas, not Jesus, who whined about the potential proceeds from the sale of the ointment not going to the poor. Because Judas was a crook and skimmed off the money bag.
As to the controversial “He Gets Us” ad, Fugelsang loves the fact that it may trigger conservatives but ultimately hates it because it is funded by people who engage in Wrongthink. Fugelsang’s contempt for people of faith rages on, enabled by Joy Reid.