*As expected, Cartoon Network is now the target of a Christian group over its new Aaron McGruder-created series “Black Jesus,” which doesn’t debut until Aug. 7.
The American Family Association and its One Million Moms division said in a statement, “The depiction of Jesus swearing and using violent behavior is a new low. The group notes it’s a late-night show that’s part of Adult Swim, but took issue that it portrays Jesus as a “black guy living in the ‘hood.”
“The blasphemous, irreverent and disrespectful show depicts him living in Compton Gardens and makes a mockery of the Lord,” the group continued.
In the half-hour live-action scripted comedy, newcomer Gerald “Slink” Johnson (Grand Theft Auto V) stars as Jesus living in present-day Compton, CA, who’s on a daily mission to spread love and kindness throughout the neighborhood with the help of his small but loyal group of downtrodden followers. The series pickup for “Black Jesus” came on the heels of the Jesus race controversy triggered by Fox News star Megyn Kelley’s recent “Jesus is white” comments, notes Deadline.com.
The AFA commented on footage showed in the show’s trailer, stating its “frequent foul language in the trailer alone is shocking and disgusting. In addition, violence, gunfire, drinking and other inappropriate behavior completely misrepresent Jesus.”
“The garbage that passes for entertainment continues to disturb us,” AFA President Tim Wildmon said. “Even the three-minute trailer was too vile to watch, with multiple uses of the f-word by the actor portraying ‘Black Jesus.’ Christians and anyone who believes in respecting faith must come together to make sure this program never airs.”
On Wednesday, One Million Moms director Monica Cole sent an email alert about Adult Swim’s “plans to blaspheme Jesus on a weekly basis” in which she also noted Adult Swim is obviously not a family network, and the show airs later in the evening “when children should be asleep.”
“But that is no excuse,” she added quickly. “Adult Swim has crossed the line by belittling the Christian religion with foul jokes.”