A new broadcast set to air on Adult Swim, the late night segment of the Cartoon Network, has drawn outrage from Christians because of its blasphemous depiction of Jesus as being a foul-mouthed, pot smoking hoodlum.
Black Jesus is scheduled to air in August during the 11 p.m. time slot on the network, and is a half-hour comedy series produced by Peabody Award winner Aaron McGruder.
“The series finds Jesus living in present day Compton, CA on a daily mission to spread love and kindness throughout the neighborhood with the help of his small but loyal group of downtrodden followers,” a description of the broadcast from Adult Swim outlines.
But a trailer for Black Jesus shows a sandal-clad robed man who represents the Messiah repeatedly using profanity, along with his disciples, who accuse him of smoking all the weed.
“You do realize that I died for your [expletive] sins, right?” he replies.
“That [expletive] is getting old,” one disciple complains.
“Don’t you know that was 2014 years ago?” another asks.
Gerald Johnson, who portrays Jesus in the violence-laden series, is also seen holding bottles of beer and wine, and repeating, “You get all the money [expletive] with me.”
Christians across the country have been finding the comedy series less than humorous and are calling for the cancellation of the show.
“The garbage that passes for entertainment continues to disturb us,” Tim Wildmon, president of the American Family Association stated. “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.”
“Christians must take a stand and not be silent,” added Monica Cole of the group One Million Moms. “Networks like Adult Swim continue to mock Christianity, and we will not stand for it. Christians should no longer sit idly by and allow this blasphemy to continue without speaking up in protest. ‘Black Jesus’ is another attempt to distort the truth about Christianity.”
Both groups noted that the network seemed to only be targeting Christianity, and would not have dared to make a similar broadcast mocking Islam.
Pastor David Rodgers of The House of Prayer for All Nations agreed.
“There is no way that this show would be aimed at the Jewish or Muslim community,” he wrote in a letter to Turner Broadcasting, the parent company over Cartoon Network. “We are demanding an immediate retraction of this show and a public apology to the Christian community at large. … We will fight this and any other program that seeks to demean our values, our Savior and our beliefs.”
AFA and One Million Moms are likewise are urging Christians nationwide to contact Turner Broadcasting to demand the cancellation of the broadcast.
“Please send an email letter strongly encouraging TBS president David Levy, and Cartoon Network and Adult Swim president Christina Miller, to drop all plans to air the anti-Christian program ‘Black Jesus,'” Wildmon said. “Tell them you are prepared to join thousands of other voices in urging program advertisers to pull their ads from the network in protest of this anti-Christian bigotry.”