Tupelo, Mississippi — A prominent pro-family organization reports that two retail stores it recently petitioned have requested that company advertising not be aired near any reruns of a Saturday Night Live skit that many believe is blasphemous.
As previously reported, the popular comedy show recently aired a segment entitled “DJesus Uncrossed” that portrays Jesus taking vengeance in a bloody rampage against His enemies. In the two-minute feature, Jesus is seen rolling the stone away from His tomb, and after the final push, declares in a Terminator-like fashion, “Guess who’s back?”
The scenes that follow then depict Jesus embarking on a violent and gory killing spree, with a cross on his back and a sword or gun in His hand.
“He’s risen from the dead,” the narrator states. “And He’s preaching anything but forgiveness.”
Jesus, played by Christoph Waltz, begins by engaging in a showdown with the Romans, one of whom Jesus strikes in the head with His sword, splitting it in half as blood comes gushing out.
Another scene shows Saint Peter gathering twelve apostles who will join the fight against the “Ro-mans,” demanding, “Each of you owes me 100 Roman scalps.”
Among several instances of profanity, the skit continues by portraying Jesus confronting Judas Iscariot, who tells the Lord that He needs to “chill.” Jesus, who aims a gun at Judas, then states, “When you get to Heaven, say hi to my Dad.” He then blasts a bloody hole through Judas from front to back.
Other portions of “DJesus Uncrossed” depict Jesus walking on water with pistols in each hand, and a mock review quote that states, “I never knew how much Jesus used the n-word.” It concludes with Jesus cocking his gun and declaring, “No more Mr. nice Jesus.”
Among those that were deeply offended by the skit included the American Family Association (AFA), who called upon Christians to petition the online ad sponsors Kmart, Sears and J.C. Penney about the matter.
“Kmart, Sears and J.C. Penney have the responsibility to demand their brands not support programs that mock people of faith,” the organization wrote in an online call to action. “Let them know that you are offended.”
According to AFA, Sears was the first to take action, vowing to ensure that its ads did not air adjacent to reruns of the skit online.
“[We have] taken steps to ensure that our commercials do not air online exactly as they did in this situation,” a company representative told reporters.
Following complaints from Christians, J.C. Penney made similar statements that it avoid running ads near the segment.
Both of the companies state that the ads did not run during the broadcast television airing of the program, according to reports.
“As long as corporations support this kind of offensive material, their sales are going to suffer as shoppers abandon retailers that support blasphemy. I hope folks can reinstate their patronage to these stores and that Sears and JCPenney can stick with the good decisions they have now made,” stated AFA president Tim Wildman. “When you embrace television programming with no morals, you can’t possibly embrace the public you are trying to sell to.”
However, some Christians are boycotting J.C. Penney because of its advocacy of the homosexual lifestyle.
The Huffington Post reports that the companies state that they may still advertise during Saturday Night Live — just not adjacent to the “DeJesus Decrossed Skit.”
“While going forward we may advertise on the broadcast, we’ve taken steps to ensure that our commercials do not air online exactly as they did in this situation,” Sears told the publication.