His Pharisee followers were delighted when he agreed to eat at Simon the Pharisee's house. One enthusiastic follower commented, "This just confirms what we've known all along about Jesus. He is clearly committed to the biblical principles this nation was founded on." As a Sadducee blogger commented, however, "If we got worried about every would-be messiah in flyover country, we'd never get any real work done."
While at Simon's house, however, Jesus is reported to have met with a sinner whom he allowed to both touch him and wipe his feet with her hair. "Wildly inappropriate! It's like he's descended from prostitutes!" tweeted @holypeople, the official Twitter account of the Pharisees, while @SalonIsrael touted, "The Messiah we've been waiting for!" (@SalonIsrael later rescinded the tweet after overhearing Jesus tell someone to "go and sin no more"; "Sin?" said a spokesperson, "What is this? So medieval. The Jesus I know would never say something so judgmental.")
Further controversy followed the rabbi as he later interacted with a tax collector. Some saw this as a symbol of his attempt to ingratiate himself with the powers that be, reportedly even saying that Jesus said to "Give to Caesar what is Caesar's." In response, @Zealous2theEnd tweeted, "What a traitor. Diplomacy? Caesar only speaks one language: force." There was even a tense moment when one of Jesus' followers, Simon the Zealot, made a universally-recognized hand gesture in the direction of the tax collector, nearly sparking a riot. "I really can't say what Jesus is thinking," Simon said, after cooling down, "I mean, I've been with him a while but he should know better than to associate with somebody like this. For someone who seemed to really connect with the people, this is a dumb move. I tried to tell him, but he won't listen. If he keeps saying and doing these outlandish things, he's not even going to make it through primary season."
One pundit added, "It's almost like he's got his own agenda, like he's calling others to fit into his agenda instead of fitting into theirs."