A new live-action program on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim is generating howls of protest in advance of its August premiere.
Deadline.com reports that the American Family Association and its One Million Moms division chided the series, “Black Jesus,” calling it “blasphemous” and saying that its depiction of Jesus cursing and “using violent behavior is a new low,.”
“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 story reports.
The group said: “The blasphemous, irreverent and disrespectful show depicts him living in Compton Gardens and makes a mockery of the Lord.”
The Deadline report notes: “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.”
Cartoon Network recently posted a trailer on YouTube for the program, which is set to premiere Aug. 7. You can see the trailer below.
The AFA responded by commenting that the “frequent foul language in the trailer alone is shocking and disgusting. In addition, violence, gunfire, drinking and other inappropriate behavior completely misrepresent Jesus.”
Added AFA President Tim Wildmon: “The garbage that passes for entertainment continues to disturb us. 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.”
Here’s the trailer: