Shockingly, at least one conservative group has a problem with “Black Jesus.”
The upcoming Aaron McGruder series doesn’t premiere on Cartoon Network’s late-night programming block Adult Swim until Aug. 7, but already it’s sent the American Family Association into Maximum Finger-Wagging Mode, with the organization urging the public to demand that the show be pre-canceled.
Giving a big fat thumbs-down to the series’ trailer, the group seethed on its website, “The foul language used in the trailer, including repeated uses of the Lord’s name in vain, the f-word and the s-word is disgusting. In addition, there is violence, gunfire, drugs and other inappropriate gestures which completely misrepresent Jesus.”
Oddly, it appears that the group would be more at ease with the series if it expanded the offensiveness to include other faiths.
“Adult Swim is not ridiculing any other religion and wouldn’t dream of mocking Mohammed or Muslims, but has no problem denigrating Christians,” the American Family Association’s statement reads.
The group goes on to ask the public to urge Turner Broadcasting System to yank the series from its slate.
“Please send an email letter strongly encouraging TBS president David Levy, and Cartoon Network and Adult Swim president Christina Miller, to drop all plans to air the anti-Christian program ‘Black Jesus,” the organization pleaded. “Tell them you are prepared to join thousands of other voices in urging program advertisers to pull their ads from the network in protest of this anti-Christian bigotry.”
A spokeswoman for Turner has not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment. In the meantime, can somebody please turn some water into wine so everyone can sit down together, have a drink and talk through this rationally?