GTA V Star as Adult Swim's Black Jesus Draws Protests

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GTA V Star as Adult Swim's Black Jesus Draws Protests

Controversial religious organization aims outrage at new late-night comedy series

Actor/producer Gerald "Slink" Johnson is no stranger to controversy, having earned praise for voicing Lamar Davis in the ultra-violent Grand Theft Auto V. But now his live-action starring debut has turned into a political firestorm as the protest group One Million Moms (who famously claimed that Maxwell the Geico Pig was promoting beastiality) has launched a campaign against the upcoming Adult Swim series Black Jesus, which features Johnson in the title role.

Black Jesus is a half-hour scripted comedy from Boondocks creator Aaron McGruder based around the exploits of Johnson as a 21st Century African-American incarnation of Jesus Christ working to do good works alongside a new group of friends and followers in impoverished Compton, CA. Charlie Murphy and John Witherspoon also star.

One Million Moms' original petition against the show from two days ago stated: "1MM will defend our Savior because He is Holy!" The cause was subsequently taken up by their parent organization The American Family Association, which filed a separate petition spotlighting "violence, gunfire, drugs and other inappropriate gestures which completely misrepresent Jesus," and also complaining that "Adult Swim is not ridiculing any other religion and wouldn't dream of mocking Mohammed or Muslims." (It is unclear whether the AFA is exempting Adult Swim's re-runs of Fox's Family Guy, which has frequently satirized the Muslim faith, from that particular criticism.)

Originally called the National Federation for Decency, the American Family Association was founded in 1977 by Donald Wildmon, who gained national fame in 1988 when he accused the cartoon character Mighty Mouse of abusing cocaine. In 2010, the organization was designated a Hate Group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Source: Deadline Hollywood

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Oh for fuck sake.

I have an idea, don't watch the show and maybe do something else with your time.

And here I thought people had gotten used to Jesus being the biggest punchline in American comedy. At this point it's like making fun of the Bush administration.

Here's an idea. If their savior is real and if he has a problem with this, then let him take care of it. No need to get upset.

Oh boy, cue Fox News too in this "outrage" and declare, once again, WAR ON RELIGION!!!!

Seriously though, seriously, it'a a comedy... comedy. It's meant to misrepresent things slightly and go over the top in order to make the audience laugh. Whether they achieve that or not, just stop taking every damn thing so seriously. It's satire people.

The word of the day is: "Seriously".

This is a comedy.
This is not suppose to be taken seriously.
Did they even examine the trailer? You could see the themes of it, seeing how they question Mr.Johnson's character and if he really is Jesus.

I don't see how this is offensive.
It's fiction, it's comedy.
Heck, I'm religious and I ain't offended. I know when to take things seriously and non-seriously.
People are way too serious about some things. Please go rant and protest about more important stuff, jeez.

>.>

A bunch of "decency" religious nuts getting offended over Jesus being portrayed as a black dude in a "real" setting? Yeah no... Can't say that this surprises me by any means.

I'm not religious at all, but I doubt that "rational" religious people would feel offended about this either. But if anything, I like the idea of the guy "doing good works" even when he's seemingly surrounded by bad stuff.

Paradox SuXcess:
Oh boy, cue Fox News too in this "outrage" and declare, once again, WAR ON RELIGION!!!!

It's all an Obama plot to distract from Benghazi! That despicable Kenyan.

I wonder how many of the Probably Not Actually One Million Moms are pissed because he's black rather than the stuff about violence and drugs and if they realise that a guy from the middle east 2000 years ago probably wasn't white.

CriticalMiss:

Paradox SuXcess:
Oh boy, cue Fox News too in this "outrage" and declare, once again, WAR ON RELIGION!!!!

It's all an Obama plot to distract from Benghazi! That despicable Kenyan.

I wonder how many of the Probably Not Actually One Million Moms are pissed because he's black rather than the stuff about violence and drugs and if they realise that a guy from the middle east 2000 years ago probably wasn't white.

BUT, HE WAS WHITE.

If he wasn't, why is always shown as white in images drawn over a thousand years after he died, drawn by Italians, looking and dressing like an Italian of the time?

Checkmate Atheist.

OT: It seems like it could be funny, hopefully Adult Swim will handle their attempt at a live action series better than their parent company did.

CriticalMiss:

Paradox SuXcess:
Oh boy, cue Fox News too in this "outrage" and declare, once again, WAR ON RELIGION!!!!

It's all an Obama plot to distract from Benghazi! That despicable Kenyan.

That sly bastard, I KNEW IT!!! He's also doing this to promotion ObamaCare too isn't he? That muslim, communist, socialist, somethingaboutalist monster. RABBLE RABBLE RABBLE!!!

You know the 'funny' thing about that 1MM group?

THEY DON'T EVEN LIVE UP TO THEIR NAME!

No, seriously, look it up.
At best they have around 50k to 70k, and that's based off their Facebook page.

1MM and other far right 'think' tanks are a joke.
Nothing but internet trolls who get organized in the real world.

I love The Boondocks so fingers crossed.

Didn't we all know Jesus was black anyway? And if were worried about his associating with drugs, sleaze and violence when do we start boycotting the bible where he mixes with whores, drinks his wine in the street and literally hangs with a thief?

Also cannot resist:

Damn it, didn't work. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2kdjvQnoIE

Didn't know a MMs was still around. I'm disappointed they're another hard ass christian group and not actually a group of moms focusing on mom things like school funding, nutrition, and safer roads by the park.

I really just want McGrudger to be writing stuff on T.V. again. He manages to find interesting things to say about stuff.

Okay just to be clear its the violence and drug use they object to not the fact that Jesus is black, right? 'cuz you know he totally was.

But thats not to say their actual criticisms are any better founded. Sure there is gunfire and violence in the trailer...but is Jesus doing any of it? Not that I saw. If anything the Jesus in the trailer seems less violent than the one in the Bible, who I might remind you went on that little table-flipping rampage in the temples that one time.
I'm coming up short on defending his drug taking (there must be something drug related in that forty days he spent in the desert, no way he wasn't high as a kite during that) but you can't really complain about him drinking since Biblical Jesus drank wine all the time. Even turned water into it for that wedding. Even served wine at the Last Supper, the J-Man is totally down with alcohol.

please make Mohammed his side kick, make him Asian, and everyone has to refer to him as "the prophet Muhammad"

"They wouldn't dream of mocking Mohammed or Muslims"

... Mainly because a typical American audience doesn't know enough about either of those things to understand the jokes, at least not enough to sustain an entire show. The whole "lol they're all terrorists lol" can only get you so far.

To be fair, the show looks pretty retarded from that trailer, just like a lot of these US suburban comedies. Maybe I just don't get this kind of humor but still.

If 1MM is just trying to do something about the culture in general I can't blame them. If they're nothing else but religious nuts, then oh dear, what is the world coming to.

Casual Shinji:
And here I thought people had gotten used to Jesus being the biggest punchline in American comedy. At this point it's like making fun of the Bush administration.

This is the group who wanted an issue of Archie banned for having a gay couple in it, and wanted Ellen DeGeneres kicked out of a sponsorship deal because she was lesbian. Their not exactly the most thoughtful of groups.

Supdupadog:
Didn't know a MMs was still around. I'm disappointed they're another hard ass christian group and not actually a group of moms focusing on mom things like school funding, nutrition, and safer roads by the park.

I really just want McGrudger to be writing stuff on T.V. again. He manages to find interesting things to say about stuff.

1MM just remind me of Helen Lovejoy

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and also this Bill Bailey joke:
There is this one celebrity, Rosie O'Donnell, a talk show host, and she said this: "I don't know anything about Afghanistan, but I know it's full of terrorists, speaking as a mother." So what is this "speaking as a mother" then? Is that a euphemism for "talking out of my arse"? "Suspending rational thought for a moment"?

And yet I bet 1MM has no issues with movies like The Interview. Make fun about killing a living person today? (AOKAY!) Make fun of a man who has been dead for a couple millennia and everyone loses their minds. [insert Heath Ledger Joker Here]

OH I actually came into this thinking that they were mad he was black but their actual issues is respectable. I know everyone here is going to be coming down on them for their history but the issue itself should be addressed first. Their name is still dishonest they do not have nor represent 1 million moms in their organization. Also I really don't see this character as being a literal Jesus Christ as Jesus Christ from the South Park cartoons is suppose to be but just a religious nut taking advantage of people but they don't call him anything else in the trailer here and the show is called Black Jesus so it makes sense if they assume he's suppose to be actual Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is not just some random guy, he's the center of an entire religion and his teachings are what alot of people draw faith and solace from protecting his image/message is very important as they don't want him to end up like Santa of today vs the actual saint.

EDIT: I actually kind of hope they win this one. Jesus is more important to them than it is to me to laugh at.

Boy, does the hypocrisy run deep here. Its a perfect representation of whats wrong in this country today. IF this was something that was offensive to muslims or gays, and someone was protesting THAT, then the very same folks in here ridiculing this, and cracking jokes at christianity in here, would be in full support of it, and condemning whatever the group was protesting. Yet, mark my words, people will fire right back with whatever silly reason they can justify as to how THIS is different, but its NOT. Muslims raise hell about stuff all the time that offends them, as does the NAACP, and the LGBT, etc. etc. I assure you that you will not come on this site and see any article about a protest from THOSE groups and see it ridiculed in this fashion. This is how the liberal left works. Its OK to support those other groups I mentioned, and trust me, they pull just as much bullshit and garbage as this million moms group... they are not any different in the fact that ALL of these groups feel the need to stand up for what they believe in. The left wing loons, however, will support any and everything in the world that offends any and every person in the world, except for straight christians. They are different, you see, and worthy of our condemnation. They inflict sufferage on others, and should be taught a lesson, humbled, and gotten rid of. It has reached levels of insanity in this country these days, and one way or another, its going to have to stop.

bjj hero:
I love The Boondocks so fingers crossed.

Didn't we all know Jesus was black anyway?

The guy was the son of a virgin and God. Could ressurrect and walk on the water. Could have been blue for all I care

K12:
"They wouldn't dream of mocking Mohammed or Muslims"

... Mainly because a typical American audience doesn't know enough about either of those things to understand the jokes, at least not enough to sustain an entire show. The whole "lol they're all terrorists lol" can only get you so far.

They make fun of the terrorists but never of the things that are on the muslim book. That is a very relevant difference.

When South Park and some danish cartoonists tried to make fun of Muhammad they were censored for it.

A million sighs from me. Have they nothing better to petition against? A million extremely bored, uneducated housewives, morelike.

Dammit, now I have to watch the show as only to send the message of 'fuck you' to those morons. Thanks Obama!

:P

As a christion I have to say WHO CARES. watch don't watch but instead of petition for some show that will be forgotten with in the year if not month. Why not use tha energy and work in a soup line, Do a community project. Why waist what little tie we have on earth on something like this.

This looks pretty funny actually.
The Boondocks had some great religious and political satire.

What? People are protesting this?
Don't care. Jesus would have been middle eastern in appearance anyways.
So Black Dynam....Jesus here is closer to an actual physical portrail than most in the past couple of millienia.

Now, let's get a modern day Cain and Abel sitcom, where Cain is trying to kill Abel but Abel is completely oblivious to it and they share an apartment.

Scorpid:
Also I really don't see this character as being a literal Jesus Christ as Jesus Christ from the South Park cartoons is suppose to be but just a religious nut taking advantage of people but they don't call him anything else in the trailer here and the show is called Black Jesus so it makes sense if they assume he's suppose to be actual Jesus Christ.

[Edit] read this wrong [Edit]

As for the rest of your post, nothing is sacred to people who don't believe it. Anyone can and should be able to make fun of literally any religion to any degree, if it offends people they don't have to watch/read it.

EDIT: Sorry I totally misread that, you meant exactly the opposite. My bad, I need to get more sleep.

Riff Moonraker:
Boy, does the hypocrisy run deep here. Its a perfect representation of whats wrong in this country today. IF this was something that was offensive to muslims or gays, and someone was protesting THAT, then the very same folks in here ridiculing this, and cracking jokes at christianity in here, would be in full support of it, and condemning whatever the group was protesting. Yet, mark my words, people will fire right back with whatever silly reason they can justify as to how THIS is different, but its NOT. Muslims raise hell about stuff all the time that offends them, as does the NAACP, and the LGBT, etc. etc. I assure you that you will not come on this site and see any article about a protest from THOSE groups and see it ridiculed in this fashion. This is how the liberal left works. Its OK to support those other groups I mentioned, and trust me, they pull just as much bullshit and garbage as this million moms group... they are not any different in the fact that ALL of these groups feel the need to stand up for what they believe in. The left wing loons, however, will support any and everything in the world that offends any and every person in the world, except for straight christians. They are different, you see, and worthy of our condemnation. They inflict sufferage on others, and should be taught a lesson, humbled, and gotten rid of. It has reached levels of insanity in this country these days, and one way or another, its going to have to stop.

Oh well, As groups go, they have been the most closed minded and oppressive and, most importantly, POWERFUL in the US. I am all for them being taken down a peg. The fact that we have valued one group's fuzzy feeling inside more than the actual lives of others for so long is horrible and I am enjoying watching the scales rebalance.

My personal favorite is when Lawyers that represent Christian causes are made to present briefs that argue positions that are completely Christian positions but are not allowed to mention Christianity. They end up with an argument that has no practical purpose other than to make Christians happy, it usually makes no sense and they barely come out of the case looking like professionals.

Falwell only postponed the inevitable.

Qizx:

Scorpid:
Also I really don't see this character as being a literal Jesus Christ as Jesus Christ from the South Park cartoons is suppose to be but just a religious nut taking advantage of people but they don't call him anything else in the trailer here and the show is called Black Jesus so it makes sense if they assume he's suppose to be actual Jesus Christ.

[Edit] read this wrong [Edit]

As for the rest of your post, nothing is sacred to people who don't believe it. Anyone can and should be able to make fun of literally any religion to any degree, if it offends people they don't have to watch/read it.

EDIT: Sorry I totally misread that, you meant exactly the opposite. My bad, I need to get more sleep.

Just because you can say something doesn't mean you should. Eventually it just comes down to a moral peroggative which is something that no can't be exactly quantified as science but this means alot to a certain segment of people and the majority of them are not fundamentalists so what moral right do I have to make show mocking their sincere beliefs when it doesn't hurt most people?

Riff Moonraker:
Boy, does the hypocrisy run deep here. Its a perfect representation of whats wrong in this country today. IF this was something that was offensive to muslims or gays, and someone was protesting THAT, then the very same folks in here ridiculing this, and cracking jokes at christianity in here, would be in full support of it, and condemning whatever the group was protesting. Yet, mark my words, people will fire right back with whatever silly reason they can justify as to how THIS is different, but its NOT. Muslims raise hell about stuff all the time that offends them, as does the NAACP, and the LGBT, etc. etc. I assure you that you will not come on this site and see any article about a protest from THOSE groups and see it ridiculed in this fashion. This is how the liberal left works. Its OK to support those other groups I mentioned, and trust me, they pull just as much bullshit and garbage as this million moms group... they are not any different in the fact that ALL of these groups feel the need to stand up for what they believe in. The left wing loons, however, will support any and everything in the world that offends any and every person in the world, except for straight christians. They are different, you see, and worthy of our condemnation. They inflict sufferage on others, and should be taught a lesson, humbled, and gotten rid of. It has reached levels of insanity in this country these days, and one way or another, its going to have to stop.

Except that we totally do deride Muslims who get upset about this stuff. So you're wrong. :/

Scorpid:

Qizx:

Scorpid:
Also I really don't see this character as being a literal Jesus Christ as Jesus Christ from the South Park cartoons is suppose to be but just a religious nut taking advantage of people but they don't call him anything else in the trailer here and the show is called Black Jesus so it makes sense if they assume he's suppose to be actual Jesus Christ.

[Edit] read this wrong [Edit]

As for the rest of your post, nothing is sacred to people who don't believe it. Anyone can and should be able to make fun of literally any religion to any degree, if it offends people they don't have to watch/read it.

EDIT: Sorry I totally misread that, you meant exactly the opposite. My bad, I need to get more sleep.

Just because you can say something doesn't mean you should. Eventually it just comes down to a moral peroggative which is something that no can't be exactly quantified as science but this means alot to a certain segment of people and the majority of them are not fundamentalists so what moral right do I have to make show mocking their sincere beliefs when it doesn't hurt most people?

My point is when someone shuts someone else up because "what they're saying offends their religion" we are in EXTREMELY dangerous territory. I refuse to allow any censorship based on offending people, if it's directing people (intentionally) to violence that's one thing but I refuse to allow people to whine and get something "offensive" removed.

This isn't governmental censorship. Its a group demanding that they not show the film, whether or not they show the film is seperate from law. I mean I don't think you would argue we have no right to protest if some network started showing Nazi propaganda since that harms something we both believe in, namely the idea that all races have the same human rights no matter what.

Of course there are protests. The world continues to turn. Just because some folks are bothered is no reason anyone else needs to be.

For my part, I like that the background music features the Rev. Cleophus James (Brown) from the Blues Brothers. They've got soul, they're good to go.

Plus, I've generally liked McGrudder's stuff from 'way back.

I hadn't heard of this before this small amount of backlash(?). I sincerely thank One Million Moms and the American Family Association for introducing this to me!

Don't scream about something if you don't want people to be curious about it.

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