Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) made fun of a Christian organization’s Super Bowl message of love and hope by comparing it to “fascist” in her remarks.
As a part of the “He Gets Us” campaign, the charity Servant Foundation funded two Super Bowl advertisements. The first included images of kids in endearing settings, such as black and white kids embracing, along with a touching image from 2019 of 5-year-old Aubrey Burge calming her 4-year-old brother as he endured chemotherapy.
The song “If I Could See The World Through The Eyes of a Child” by late country music icon Patsy Cline is playing while the narrator declares, “Jesus didn’t want us to act like adults. He understands us. Each of us. Be childlike.”
The second commercial featured grown individuals bickering and fighting before repeating, “He gets us. Jesus loved the people we despise. Every one of us.”
Millions of viewers of various religions may have been moved by the messages, but not AOC.
The New York legislator wrote, “Something tells me Jesus wouldn’t be spending millions on Super Bowl advertisements to make fascism appear benign.”
One of the key donors to the He Gets Us campaign and the founder of Hobby Lobby, David Green, is a fervent Christian. He stated the group aimed to appeal to the largest audience possible with its message of compassion and love.
“‘He Gets Us’ will be featured during the Super Bowl,” said the speaker. “We want to emphasize that He understands us because we are many individuals,” Green remarked. “He knows and understands us. Who we despise, he loves. I believe we need to mobilize the public and spread the word.”
Jason Vanderground, a representative for the He Gets Us campaign, told The Associated Press, “It matches with our target population pretty well. We’re attempting to reach skeptics who are also spiritually open to our message.”
According to Vanderground, the group felt that among all the advertisements for consumption items, there was place for a message of love.
“Selling chips and light beers, among other things, is wonderful,” according to Vanderground. “I like eating all of that stuff. There’s something about examining how we treat one another that makes us believe it’s a deep activity to take place during the Super Bowl.”
The Wall Street Journal reports that some 30-second Super Bowl ad spaces sold for over $7 million, while others went for $6 million. This is because several marketers had multiyear contracts and frequently spent a lot of money on advertisements for sports-related television shows.