“Black Jesus” Comedy, Starring Gerald ‘Slink’ Johnson, Riles Christian Groups

"Black Jesus" Comedy, Starring Gerald 'Slink' Johnson, Riles Christian Groups
“Black Jesus” Comedy, Starring Gerald ‘Slink’ Johnson, Riles Christian Groups

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.”

  • Janet:

    Where are the “Black Christian Groups” who are voicing outrage that such slander of their “religious idol” is happening?

    The same people who TOOK UP COMPANY with Atheist Bill Maher because of their common “Secular Progressive” core – were not bothered by HIS attacks on “Christianity”.

    Just like the stereotypical “Black Republican” who hears White Right-Wing racists attacks on “Black people” and they figure “My White friends LIKE ME, they are not talking about BLACK CONSERVATIVES” – so TOO is it the case that the Black Christian Progressives feel little angst against Bill Maher because when he says “RELIGION IS FOR WEAK MINDED PEOPLE” – they are mentally satisfied in their belief that he is ONLY talking about “Right-Wing Evangelicals”.

    It seems that those who have acquired “fleas” from laying down with bad company do not want to speak out, lest someone pull out the video tapes of the shows that they were on.

    There is no way that Michael Eric Dyson or Sharpton take any action against “Comedy Central”. After all THIS TIME it is “Free Speech”, no doubt

  • beulahmo

    Thank you for the post. I respectfully disagree with your premise — that “…religious isn’t funny. It’s serious stuff.” I think it’s good to put it in a comedy context in order to critique the society that it reflects. American culture is shaped by the secular trappings of Christian religion, and this show helps to mock the true hypocrisies of Christianity’s adherents. Hell, I love the show, and I am a church-going Christian. The mocking exposes fair criticisms of modern-day Christianity, in my opinion; so I accept the criticism and learn something constructive about myself, my religion, and my culture.

    Another enormously irreverent comic work about a modern-day messiah is Messiah of Morris Avenue, a book written by the brilliant satirist Tony Hendra. Although the social and religious commentary in it is harsh, it is based on the author’s sincere and deep faith, and the warmth of his love for Christ strongly comes through in his wry telling of the story.

    I think it’s a mistake to put religion above comedy’s reach — especially satirical comedy. At the same time, all comic satire should also be subject to social criticism and rebuke, in case the mocking has no purpose other than to be cruel to adherents. Satire should serve a constructive social purpose that respects people’s right to believe (or not believe).