Does The Righteous Gemstones Expose America’s Biases of Megachurch Culture?

When the show isn't parading male frontal nudity, it's exposing the psychology of how televangelism works.


Danny McBride’s latest comedy, Righteous Gemstones, is a hilarious depiction of a megachurch family’s turmoil who struggles with maintaining their holy image.

The Gemstone family is a reactive group of misfits who pose as the acting pastors and personal brands of their family’s megachurch. But what is shown in front of the pulpit (and trust us, this comedy shows a lot) is not the reality behind the lights and cameras.

When Gemstones isn’t parading male frontal nudity, it’s exposing some key psychological contributors to America’s love of megachurches.

In today’s Psych Cinema, therapist Jonathan Hetterly breaks down the holy trinity of biases that help to inform Danny McBride’s latest comedy, Righteous Gemstones. Tune in to hear Jonathan’s analysis of positivity bias, self-serving bias, and gender bias.

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