Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York recently sparked controversy with her tweet that seemed to compare a Super Bowl commercial from a Christian organization to fascism. The commercial was created by He Gets Us, a Christian organization dedicated to “reintroducing people to Jesus”, and was aired during the Super Bowl in order to spread its message of love and forgiveness to millions of Americans. The advertisement cost the organization $7 million for two of the much coveted Super Bowl commercial slots.
Something tells me Jesus would *not* spend millions of dollars on Super Bowl ads to make fascism look benign
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 13, 2023
The 30-second commercial featured the song ‘If I Could See The World Through The Eyes Of A Child” by Patsy Cline and called for Americans to be “child-like” in reference to Jesus’ command that Christians should have the faith of a child in Matthew 18:3, while the 60-second commercial emphasized a need to love our enemies. Jason Vanderground, spokesperson for He Gets Us, explained that the ads were designed to convey what the organization calls the “Third Way” which “points to the behavior Jesus modeled in relationship and conflict.” He further stated that the goal of the commercials was to inspire those who may be skeptical of Christianity to ask questions and learn more about Jesus, as well as encourage Christians to live out their faith even better and exhibit the same confounding love and forgiveness Jesus modeled.
Ocasio-Cortez responded to the commercial by seemingly conflating the group’s message with fascism on Twitter Sunday. She tweeted, “Something tells me Jesus would *not* spend millions of dollars on Super Bowl ads to make fascism look benign.” Her comment has caused a stir among many, as it appears to be a direct attack on the Christian organization’s message of love and forgiveness.
The controversy surrounding Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet has sparked a debate about the power of advertising and its potential influence on people’s beliefs. It has also raised questions about whether or not it is appropriate for religious organizations to use such a public platform to spread their message. Many are now wondering if Ocasio-Cortez’s comments were an attempt to discredit the organization’s message or if she was simply voicing her opinion on the matter.
Regardless of Ocasio-Cortez’s intentions, her tweet has certainly caused an uproar among many people. It has also highlighted the importance of understanding different perspectives and beliefs in order to foster meaningful dialogue and promote acceptance.
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