Nancy Pelosi’s daughter, Alexandra, is getting a lot of attention for her documentary about evangelical Christians, which airs tonight in less than an hour on HBO. Allah has video of her appearance last night on Hannity and Colmes here. She joked that evangelicals refer to HBO as “Hell’s Box Office”–a sound-bite-friendly gag line that she has repeated numerous times in media interviews. Indeed, a Google search for the phrase “Hell’s Box Office” turns up some 200 entries–the vast majority of them from news articles about Pelosi’s film.
Bryan Preston, Hot Air’s resident evangelical Christian, explains why:
Never once in my life heard “Hell’s Box Office” before Alexandra Pelosi inflicted it on me in that clip. Not once.
Pelosi’s smear is similar to Andrew Sullivan’s “Christian Reconstructionists” nonsense. There might be 50 of those guys in the whole country, but Sullivan uses them to smear the other 20 to 50 million evangelicals even though we’ve never heard of them and those of us who have heard of them (through Sullivan’s rants) disagree with them. The Hell’s Box Office thing is probably the saying in one church where Pelosi happened to conduct her zoological research. It is certainly not a dominant meme in the hallowed halls of megachurches throughout these United States.
So basically, she’s full of it.
The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.