Conservative Christian activists are taking issue with a new comedy show they say is offensive and “full of lies,” according to a report by Religion News Service.
According to RNS, activists from One Million Moms and the American Family Association, are pressing Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim series to cancel “Black Jesus,” which is set to premiere at 11 p.m. Thursday.
Turner Broadcasting System, a Time Warner company, says the show’s lead character – played by Gerald “Slink” Johnson – is a modern-day black Jesus living in Compton, Calif., spreading “love and kindness” with a “loyal group of downtrodden followers.”
(RNS1-JULY 29) Gerald “Slink” Johnson plays the role of God’s son in Adult Swim’s new comedy, “Black Jesus.” Photo courtesy Adult Swim/RNS
Monica Cole, director of One Million Moms, told RNS that the show is “blasphemous, irreverent and disrespectful.” The shows trailer shows Jesus using explicit language; the show includes violence and drinking.
One Million Moms recently targeted JC Penney for its gay-friendly advertising. The advocacy group charged the retailer with “promoting sin in their advertisements” when it portrayed two dads celebrating Father’s Day in its catalog.
In a statement to RNS, Adult Swim said “Black Jesus is a satire and one interpretation of the message of Jesus played out in modern day morality tales; and despite what some may consider a controversial depiction of Jesus, it is not the intent to offend any race or people of faith.”