Unbeknownst To Me, I Was Mentioned in a Commercial for ‘Preachers of L.A.’

It’s finally happened: I’ve been quoted in a commercial for a soon-to-be-canceled reality show:

(Which, by the way, is better than the time I found out I appeared in an anti-gay marriage ad.)

As the commercial notes, the show hasn’t even premiered yet:

Well, no one’s actually talking about it. We’re just mocking the concept of prosperity gospel preachers who think their wealth (courtesy of gullible parishioners) is a sign of favor from God.

There’s nothing especially unique about a reality show featuring rich, talentless people. If I want to see ostentatious displays of wealth accumulated in the name of God, I’ll visit the Vatican before I watch this show.

Quote that in your next commercial, Oxygen.

(Thanks to David for the link)

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.

  • http://www.last.fm/user/m6wg4bxw/ m6wg4bxw

    At least they got your name right.

    • C.L. Honeycutt

      But how many rubes are going to think it sounds “Muslim” and he must hate preachers because he follows Allah?

      • http://www.last.fm/user/m6wg4bxw/ m6wg4bxw

        Many more than will misread it as β€œHe-Man.”

        • C.L. Honeycutt

          I was THIS CLOSE to making that joke. >.<

      • http://squeakysoapbox.com/ Rich Wilson

        That or a smiling mexigay.

        • Baby_Raptor

          Mexigay. That’s a new one.

        • C.L. Honeycutt

          Oh fuck, how did you remember that!

          Wait, how did I forget that?

  • http://www.laughinginpurgatory.com/ Andrew Hall

    You should celebrate, Hemant. Once you get quoted on the reality TV commercial circuit then it’s all puppies and rainbows from there.

    • invivoMark

      I can get you in. How do you like this:

      “…puppies”
      -Andrew Hall

      • C.L. Honeycutt

        If only it were “…kittens”, then he’d be a shoe-in.

        • katiehippie

          “…kittens” is better for the internet.

          • C.L. Honeycutt

            Kittens are better everywhere

            Not that I don’t have fifty dogs and puppies molesting me every time I go outside at my house because they want rubbin’s. It’s just… kittens squeak!

            *points at your icon* And Siamese keep squeaking when they grow up, which is a double win.

            • katiehippie

              That is the Ravenous Beast. He will eat anything. The internet is a series of tubes filled with cats.

        • UWIR

          *shoo

          • C.L. Honeycutt

            KHAAAAAAAAN!

  • CultOfReason

    From the video: “I’m a pastor, but at the end of the day, I’m a man”

    Let me fix that for them…

    “I’m a pastor, but at the end of the day, I’m a CON-man”

    • invivoMark

      No, that’s what he is at the beginning of the day (on Sunday, presumably).

  • Rain

    I see they quoted Joe Carter. Last time I read something from him he was an inquisition apologist. That was a while ago. He can only have gotten dumber by now because that’s where the easy money is. More dumber = mo’ money if you’re a rich, talentless people. (And phony.)

  • SansDeus

    “… Hypocrisy” Well said Hemant. Extra points for brevity (besides the ellipsis stating that more was actually said).

  • Croquet_Player

    What awful people. Gross.

  • http://quinesqueue.blogspot.com/ Q. Quine

    Congrats, Hemant. You are making a noticeable difference. :-)

  • invivoMark

    What we can definitively, unambiguously determine from that commercial is that at some point in your life, you, Hemant Mehta, have spoken, written, or typed the word “hypocrisy.”

    How informative!

    • OhioAtheist

      Indeed, it is very helpful to quote ONE WORD, which can be taken in any context.

      • JustinL

        OhioAtheist says Preachers of LA is “…Very helpful…”!

    • JustinL

      invivoMark calls Preachers of LA “…Informative…”!

    • Baby_Raptor

      Well, he didn’t exactly pick the quote.

  • OhioAtheist

    I would disagree with your assessment that these people are talentless. Indeed, they are very talented, at identifying weak-minded people and stealing from them. They are talented opportunists and charlatans, much like Joel Osteen and Joyce Meyers.

  • Randy Meyer

    There’s no such thing as bad publicity, as they say.

  • God’s Starship

    PT Barnum went into the wrong business.

    • Mitch

      I’d say Barnum and these guys are all in the same business. Barnum’s purpose and presentation are just different. His clowns are obvious, and their purpose is to entertain. The preachers of LA are still clowns, though their costumes are more subtle, and their purpose is to con as much money from as many people in the name of their deity as possible.

      • The Other Weirdo

        Clarification: in the name of the people’s deity

        • Mitch

          Yep. Who knows, maybe the preachers really believe in the same deity and his/her/its/their teachings (despite, you know, all the talk about the meek and poor inheriting the kingdom of heaven and how the same is impossible for the wealthy)

          • The Other Weirdo

            Ah, the “benefit of the doubt.” I have heard of this.

            • Mitch

              Mhm, but these charlatans deserve none.

      • David Kopp

        Yeah… but Barnum paid taxes.

    • FaithIsGlorifiedDelusion

      There’s a sucker born again every minute.

  • A3Kr0n

    Thank you for reminding me why I stopped watching TV. Nice word BTW!

  • squinney

    With most reality stars, things ususally do not end up very well for them. John and Kate, etc. I hope they are ruined by the time this is all over with. Also, they forgot to include the preacher from my home town, Joel Osteen.

  • http://beingatheistinachristianusa.org/ Aubrey Adrianson

    “…hypocracy.” That’s the quote? LOL! Yours isn’t the only like that either. I think they were really struggling there.

    • UWIR

      Misspelled.

  • http://thecriticalatheist.com/ David Joseph Post

    I’m going to remember this trick later, take one word from somebody, add in an ellipsis, surrounded by quotes, then I can have their name on my commercial.

  • David Diskin

    You’re welcome.

  • Itarion

    I’m gonna say, patheos.com carries a whole lot less weight than does Foundation Beyond Belief Chair.
    Regardless of whether this blog is written in that capacity.

    Also, one word quotes are the least useful ever.

    • UWIR

      Nonsense.

  • Garret Shane Brown

    It was a one word quote? I’m disappointed.

  • DougI

    There you go, writing whole articles like a sucker when you could have just written one word and been quoted.

    • UWIR

      Depressing.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/chidy/ chicago dyke, TOWAN

    thank you for reminder #4,567,334,090,987,034,666 of why i do not own a TV nor pay for cable.

  • Gus

    It’s a pretty smart commercial for what is bound to be a very stupid show. And in spite of picking only a single word, they managed to quote you accurately. That’s something most critics of atheists can’t manage.


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