Retailer Sears has yanked their ads from the online viewings of one ‘Saturday Night Live‘ episode due to the offensive skit ‘DJesus Uncrossed,’ a comical play on Quentin Tarantino’s latest film, ‘Django Unchained.’
The mock trailer features host and Oscar winner ‘Django Unchained’ star Christoph Waltz as Jesus coming back after the prophesied three days to take revenge on the Romans.
Sears removed their ads from the ‘SNL’ episode online after they received complaints from customers about the offensive content.
“We received customer feedback about our ads running on NBC.com and Hulu in a rotation with other advertisers around the online rebroadcast of that particular ‘SNL’ episode,” Sears said. “We informed customers that it wasn’t supposed to happen, and while going forward we may advertise on the broadcast, we’ve taken steps to ensure that our commercials do not air online exactly as they did in this situation.”
Conservative Christian group American Family Association is taking credit for alerting Sears to this controversy.
“NBC would never do this to any other religious group, but it’s crazy popular in Hollywood circles to go after crazy Christians,” AFA president Tim Wildmon told FoxNews.com.
During his interview, Wildmon mentioned an AFA press release that allegedly said Sears and JCPenney had pulled their ads from ‘SNL,’ online and on television, but the existence of that press release has been questioned. A different press release on the AFA website urges people to call those companies and thank them for pulling their ads from ‘SNL.’
JCPenney denies they originally aired the advertisements on that Saturday night episode, and added, “media buying plans do not include this specific show rebroadcast.”
As funny as ‘SNL’ thinks it is to mock Christians, losing advertising dollars is no joke.