Zinnia Jones is a social/political commentary Internet show, written and hosted by the titular Zinnia Jones and distributed through her YouTube channel. Zinnia usually speaks about issues that connect to religion, politics and homophobia, but one of those three is enough and sometimes entirely different issues pop up as well.
Has examples of
- Activist Fundamentalist Antics: Heteronormative Crusaders and repressive extremists are common targets of ZJ's dry wit, such as MassResistance, Let's Outlaw Conservative Christianity and Westboro Baptist Church.
- God Is Flawed: One episode portrays God as a victim of peer pressure, with horrible consequences such as going along with barbaric cultural patterns until Jesus came along.
- Ignorant of Their Own Ignorance: In the episode "Filling in each other's blanks: The importance of listening", Zinnia discuss the concepts of "known unknowns" versus "unknown unknowns". With "known unknowns", we are least know what kind of answer we are looking for. That something is an unknown unknown, however, means that we are even ignorant of our own ignorance. Zinnia argues that we should always listen to people's experiences: If nothing else, it can still alert us to questions we didn't yet know we needed an answer for.
- Internalized Categorism: Zinnia Jones talks about internalized homophobia in several episodes, especially ''coming out'', which is based on the concept that Heteronormative Crusader antics are designed to 'make'' gay people hate themselves.
- Jesus Was Crazy: Zinnia claims that the biblical Jesus was way out of whack, for example in The Meaningless Death Of Jesus.
- Not So Different: The episode "Gay-Hating Atheists" points out that atheists can be just as narrow-minded (and with less reason for being so) then their religious counterparts.
- Pride Parade: Zinnia spend episodes such as Taking Pride In Pride and I don't care what you think of pride parades arguing that the parades are nessecary and that those critics who don't have a gay-hating agenda are missing the point.
- Reverse Cerebus Syndrome: The serious elements were there from the beginning, but the attitude that gives the show its comedy value was added later. It started out as a regular video blog, without any style and with a very unrefined theme.
- Your Normal Is Our Taboo: One episode satirizes homophobia by pretending that heterosexuality is taboo.