"Black Jesus" is a new show debuting on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim, which will air on August 7th at 11:00pm. From the trailer, the show surrounds a 40oz-drinking, pot-smoking, slang-talking, Jesus Christ played by Gerald “Slink” Johnson who lives in Compton. Keep in mind this is supposed to be a “comedy.”
According to IMDB, "Black Jesus" is “A TV series that finds Jesus living in present day Compton, CA on a daily mission to spread love and kindness throughout the neighborhood with the help of his small, but loyal, group of downtrodden followers.” IMDB makes it sound better than it actually looks.
The Jesus character attempts to help out the people of Southwest Compton Gardens, an apartment complex in what looks to be in the ghetto. What you do get from the trailer, however, is that not everyone in the community wants his help. The character Vic, played by Eddie Murphy's brother Charlie, seems very skeptical of “Black Jesus,” saying that “He ain’t Jesus Christ, He’s just some dude who thinks he’s Jesus.”In retrospect, wouldn't expect much more, considering this show is from "Boondocks" creator Aaron McGruder - which is another show on Cartoon Network. It's a pretty bad cartoon about a little black kid who constantly finds himself in predicaments. IMDB’s descriptions states, “Based on the comic strip, Huey and Riley move away from the city and out to the suburbs with their irascible grandfather. Biting socio-political commentary ensues.”
As the show goes forward you can already imagine the criticism of the show. There has been some backlash already from other religious groups. This show is clearly a mockery of Jesus Christ yet its only being touted by liberals as “satire,” which however always seems to be their go-to argument in situations like these.
CNN’s Don Lemon defended "Black Jesus" on The Tom Joyner Morning Show: “It’s essentially a way of educating people through humor. Have we really become so polarized and so sensitive that we have lost our sense of humor? Now 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.” This is in regards to the outrage from religious organizations.
My question is not just about the wrongful depiction of Jesus, but rather the social economic and racial stereotypes that this show perpetuates. For a long time now, Hollywood and the music industry have been promoting thugs, gangs, and the difference in economic status, yet turn a blind eye to the fact that what they are actually promoting is racial inequality while making a profit. Talk about ironic.
When you look at shows like this, it makes being “hood” or a “thug” look like a cool thing. Kids then emulate what they see and no real good comes out of it. But time after time, Hollywood finds this to be okay as they keep creating and green lighting these types of shows. On the other hand, when you have a smart black character, one who doesn’t act “ghetto” or a “thug” they are usually the “dumb character”, or the not liked pompous character. Case and point, Carlton Banks from Fresh Prince of Bel Air or Jimmy James from the movie Barbershop.
Another question that can be asked is: why is there such a double-standard when it comes to the mockery or what liberals call “satire” of Christians and Catholics? This question continually arises when looking at Comedy Central, can you say South Park or Sarah Silverman, But, would they ever do that about Muhammad? Where is the pot-smoking, 40 ounce drinking, Muhammad? That, would most likely never happen as they would not want to have fatwas on them like the creators of South Park.
So what do you think? Is this blasphemous or do you agree with CNN’s Don Lemon that we just need to lighten up and have more of a sense of a humor?