Cartoon Network hit the motherlode this morning when American Family Association and its One Million Moms division finally weighed in on the net’s “blasphemous” new show, Black Jesus, just days before its debut. “The depiction of Jesus swearing and “using violent behavior is a new low,” the org said. The group notes it’s a late-night show that’s part of Adult Swim, but took issue that it portrays Jesus as a “black guy living in the ‘hood.”
“The blasphemous, irreverent and disrespectful show depicts him living in Compton Gardens and makes a mockery of the Lord,” the group said.
Adult Swim was looking to stir a debate back in March when it gave a series order to Black Jesus, a half-hour live-action scripted comedy from The Boondocks creator Aaron McGruder. Newcomer Gerald “Slink” Johnson (Grand Theft Auto V) stars as Jesus living in present-day Compton, CA, who’s 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 series pickup for Black Jesus came on the heels of the Jesus race controversy triggered by Fox News star Megyn Kelley’s recent “Jesus is white” comments.
AFA noted helpfully today that Cartoon Network has posted a trailer on YouTube for the show, which debuts Aug. 7. Its “frequent foul language in the trailer alone is shocking and disgusting. In addition, violence, gunfire, drinking …