Black Jesus, remember that uproar over Christmas?
Somehow Santa Clause was dragged into it too.
Well Black Jesus is back, this time without Santa, but causing quite the uproar, even outrage.
Last time Fox News was the culprit behind the Black Jesus controversy.
This time my own parent company is behind it, Adult Swim from the Cartoon Network, which is owned by Turner Broadcasting, which is owned by Time Warner.
Black Jesus a sitcom created by Aaron McGruder who also created the edgy animated series, Boondocks.
McGruder is a genius in the art of subversion.
His N-word Boondocks episode ticked off people in just about any group you could name from, conservatives to liberals to Al Sharpton to Anne Coulter because it parodied just about everyone.
His Boondocks episode about a theater and movie producer slash actor named Winston Jerome which allegedly parodied Tyler Perry also ruffled quite a few feathers, especially Tyler Perry’s.
Why the outcry this time?
In the TV series, Jesus is a wine drinking, weed smoking, black man who lives in Compton, California.
Before the series has even aired, some are calling for a boycott and that it be cancelled.
Some Christian groups are calling it “utter foolishness and blasphemous.”
One of those groups is One Million Moms.
They posted a statement which says the show, “makes a mockery of our Lord.”
Another such group is the House of Prayers for All Nations Ministries in Chicago.
Its Pastor David A. Rodgers released a statement which says, “We the Christian community are vehemently opposed and violently offended at this upcoming program soon to air on your channel called BLACK JESUS.”
The American Family Association, a white Christian group is also calling for a boycott of the show saying, “This kind of programming is insulting and unacceptable.”
Obviously the show is meant to be satirical.
Perhaps we need to explain to some people what the term satire means.
According to the dictionary, satire is the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people’s stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues.
Topical issues like Jesus or Santa’s whiteness or blackness.
It’s essentially a way of educating people through humor.
Have we really become so polarized and so sensitive that we’ve lost our sense of humor?
Ask yourself, what would Jesus do?
I think he’d probably at least watch the first episode before jumping to conclusions, and let he who is without sin or in this case a sense of humor cast the first stone.