A new live-action scripted comedy series called “Black Jesus” is set to premiere on Cartoon Network’s late-night programming block, Adult Swim, on Aug. 7. But one Christian-affiliated group is working to see that it never airs.
Adult Swim describes the series as “Jesus living in present day Compton, Calif. 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 program’s version of Jesus uses drugs, profanity, and inappropriate gestures, which the AFA says “completely misrepresent Jesus.”
“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,” the AFA stated on its website.
But it’s not just the fact that this fictional Jesus behaves nothing like the biblical Jesus that bothers the AFA, it is the organization’s belief that Adult Swim set out to mock Christianity.
“Adult Swim is not ridiculing any other religion and wouldn’t dream of mocking Mohammed or Muslims, but has no problem denigrating Christians,” it wrote.
The AFA is urging supporters to send emails “strongly encouraging” TBS, which owns Adult Swim, and Adult Swim executives to drop “Black Jesus” from their line-up before it airs.
The trailer for the show is definitely out of the ordinary and could be seen as wildly comical or horrendously offensive, depending on your perspective. However, Adult Swim is no stranger to controversial programming, and has not yet responded to the AFA’s concerns.
A trailer for the new show is below.
(h/t The Wrap)