'Black Jesus' TV Show Outrages Christians Nationwide
Carrie DedrickReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2015 Oct 20
The Adult Swim TV show “Black Jesus” has reportedly been renewed for a second season, outraging Christians nationwide. The show follows the life of a “modern-day Jesus,” who smokes marijuana and uses profanity.
Christian Today reports the American Family Association’s OneMillionMoms group is slamming Adult Swim’s parent companies Turner Broadcasting and Time Warner for the show’s content.
In a statment, the group said, "The show makes a mockery of our Lord. The foul language used, including using the Lord's name in vain, is disgusting. In addition, there is violence, gunfire, drugs, and other inappropriate gestures which completely misrepresent Jesus. This is blasphemy!"
"We need to send a loud and clear message to Adult Swim, its owner Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (a Time Warner Company), and all potential advertisers of 'Black Jesus' that this kind of programming is insulting and completely unacceptable."
Following OneMillionMoms’ lead, one sponsor decided to withdraw its commercials that previously aired during “Black Jesus.”
Prestone company president Steven Clancy said, "Our company's advertising during an episode of 'Black Jesus' was an oversight and not intentional. As soon as we were made aware of the situation, we took steps to ensure that our advertisements do not air during that show."
Adult Swim argues that the show is meant to be funny, not mock religion.
"'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,” the network said.
Publication date: October 20, 2015