Cartoon Network hit the motherlode this morning when American Family Association and its One Million Moms division finally weighed in on the net’s “blasphemous” new show, Black Jesus, just days before its debut. “The depiction of Jesus swearing and “using violent behavior is a new low,” the org said. The group notes it’s a late-night show that’s part of Adult Swim, but took issue that it portrays Jesus as a “black guy living in the ‘hood.”
“The blasphemous, irreverent and disrespectful show depicts him living in Compton Gardens and makes a mockery of the Lord,” the group said.
Adult Swim was looking to stir a debate back in March when it gave a series order to Black Jesus, a half-hour live-action scripted comedy from The Boondocks creator Aaron McGruder. Newcomer Gerald “Slink” Johnson (Grand Theft Auto V) stars as Jesus living in present-day Compton, CA, who’s on a daily mission to spread love and kindness throughout the neighborhood with the help of his small but loyal group of downtrodden followers. The series pickup for Black Jesus came on the heels of the Jesus race controversy triggered by Fox News star Megyn Kelley’s recent “Jesus is white” comments.
AFA noted helpfully today that Cartoon Network has posted a trailer on YouTube for the show, which debuts Aug. 7. Its “frequent foul language in the trailer alone is shocking and disgusting. In addition, violence, gunfire, drinking and other inappropriate behavior completely misrepresent Jesus.”
“The garbage that passes for entertainment continues to disturb us,” AFA President Tim Wildmon said. “Even the three-minute trailer was too vile to watch, with multiple uses of the f-word by the actor portraying ‘Black Jesus.’ Christians and anyone who believes in respecting faith must come together to make sure this program never airs.”
Yesterday, One Million Moms Director Monica Cole sent an email alert about Adult Swim’s “plans to blaspheme Jesus on a weekly basis” in which she also noted Adult Swim is obviously not a family network, and the show airs later in the evening “when children should be asleep.”
“But that is no excuse,” she added quickly. “Adult Swim has crossed the line by belittling the Christian religion with foul jokes.”
Madame Noire — the lifestyle site geared towards African-American women — couldn’t be happier.
“If it looks or sounds familiar that is because Black Jesus was part of the popular The Super Rumble Mix Show comedy shorts, which ran online between seasons of The Boondocks a few years back,” says a post on the site that’s headlined ‘This Is Why I’m Excited About Black Jesus.’
“I’m really excited about this series not just because of the already budding controversy about using the Lord’s name and images in such a blasphemous manner – although that will be fun,” the post reads. “But because every time something happens in Black America, I think about how I can’t wait until McGruder gives his critique of it on The Boondocks – and then I get bummed out when I remember that The Boondocks is not even an option now.”