Boondocks creator Aaron McGruder is catching some heat from Christian groups for his latest project, the upcoming comedy TV series “Black Jesus.” The comedy features a comedian, played by Gerald ‘Slink’ Johnson, who comes straight out of Compton. This “Black Jesus,” wearing robes and sandals, spreads love as he shares “forties” of beer and weed, along with his foul-mouthed disciples. He works his magic and bottles of wine appear out of the thin air when his ‘disciples’ run low. Okay, that’s where I have a huge problem — mocking Jesus.
For me, it’s not about race. From a historical perspective, it’s quite clear that if Jesus was from the lineage of Solomon, there’s no way he was a blue-eyed, blond-hair Messiah. His complexion must have been olive or copper-tone. But that’s for another discussion. The fact is, religious isn’t funny. It’s serious stuff. Sudanese doctor Meriam Ibrahim was sentenced to death by hanging because she married a Christian man, Daniel Wani. She was persecuted because of her faith. So, no, Jesus isn’t for laughs. That didn’t stop Aaron McGruder.
“Black Jesus” is set to premier on the Adult Swim network on August 7. Adult Swim is part of the Turner Broadcasting System, based in Atlanta, Ga. Adult Swim touts “Black Jesus” as “th most anticipated comeback in history.” Um, really? It’s just as disgusting as Nicki Minaj baring her buns on her latest single, “Anaconda.”
Christian groups are “violently offended” that the network is “messing with their Messiah by giving him a filthy mouth and dropping him off in Compton, Ca.,” the New York Daily News reports. Conservative Christian group One Million Moms says the show “makes a mockery of our Lord.” The group takes offense to portraying Jesus as a “black guy living in the hood.” Um, newsflash, Jesus couldn’t have been white.
The group wrote on its website, “The foul language used in the trailer, including using the Lord’s name in vain, is disgusting. In addition, there is violence, gunfire and other inappropriate gestures which completely misrepresent Jesus. This is blasphemy!” “Adult Swim plans to blaspheme Jesus on a weekly basis. This mockery will be similar to ‘South Park’ and ‘Family Guy’ but much worse since the entire program will be based on lies about Christianity.”