A skit recently featured on the popular late night comedy show Saturday Night Live that portrays Jesus taking vengeance in a bloody rampage against His enemies has generated uproar across the country from those who find the dramatization to be blasphemous.
The skit, entitled “DJesus Uncrossed,” serves as a spoof of Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained,” and plays like a movie trailer. 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.”
While some have commented that they found the spoof to be humorous, stating that it was “hilarious” or “hysterical,” or as one Catholic woman remarked, “I bet Jesus has a sense of humor and would be laughing at it,” others have been deeply offended by the skit. Saturday Night Live‘s Facebook page has been inundated with complaints from viewers who state that “DJesus Uncrossed” is one of the most blasphemous skits they have ever seen on the broadcast.
“Part of what makes SNL funny is pushing the envelope some. But to ridicule Jesus? And with heavy duty weapons?” writes one commenter named Mary. “And I’m sorry, but taking Jesus’ name in vain and making His resurrection a public joke … is slapping too many in the face.”
“Extremely blasphemous. Horrible skit. Made me sick,” said a second viewer named Caleb.
“This was the worst skit I have even seen. I couldn’t stop crying,” added Adam. “I’ll never watch SNL again.”
“I just saw the skit you did on mocking Jesus. SNL has stooped to a new low,” remarked Carol. “If this is what you think is funny, shame on you! I grew up watching SNL, but I can tell you that I will never watch your show again!”
The video remains on the main page of the Saturday Night Live website.