Comedian Steven Crowder went viral over Thanksgiving weekend when he recorded an impromptu video in which he and his producer peppered an Alexa device with questions.
They asked Alexa a series of questions designed to find out whether or not Alexa was a social justice warrior, and they appeared shocked after hearing Alexa’s answer to a question about Jesus.
“Who is the Lord Jesus Christ?” Crowder asked, to which Alexa replied, “a fictional character.” Here is the original video (language warning):
We here at Faithwire were as shocked as Crowder was – but could it possibly be true? Our own Billy Hallowell has an Alexa, and got a more standard Wikipedia esque type answer when asking his device the very same question.
Soon after the video – which now has over 1 million views – was posted, people claimed it was a hoax. They say the video was edited and that, like Hallowell, they get a much different answer when asking the same question.
But Crowder stood by his video this week, releasing the entire raw video shoot – including the audio waveform – so as to put any rumors to rest.
Watch (language warning):
“I walk the video back zero percent. I apologize to you zero percent,” Crowder says in the video. According to the Daily Wire, who spoke with Crowder via email, there is no backing down at all – in fact, he’s demanding an apology.
Among the various conspiracy theorists, he said, atheists appeared to be the most upset. “What’s so funny is the atheists are the ones who are the most angry about. I mean, she said ‘Jesus Christ is a fictional character,’ which is exactly what they believe, so you’d think they’d be happy about it,” he said.
“Whoever entertained these conspiracies owes an apology,” Crowder said in an email. “And hopefully will learn to trust Alexa a little less.”
What do you think? Do you have an Alexa? What does it say when you ask the same question?