Religious leaders gather to protest Comedy Central's Jesus Christ project
Image Credit: Comedy CentralWell, it took them almost a month, but as predicted, religious bigwigs are preparing to square off against Comedy Central in protest of the network’s upcoming animated Jesus Christ project, JC. According to The Hollywood Reporter, notable names like Brent Bozell, Tony Perkins, Tim Winter, and Michael Medved are forming the Citizens Against Religious Bigotry to protest JC.
Mmm…CARBs. (As THR said, “If only it wasn’t the Coalition of the Religious Against Bigotry, because then it could be ‘CRAB.'” And I would love to see Comedy Central duel with some CRAB People.)
CARB has yet to see a pilot or script, since JC is still in development, and might not even find its way on air, regardless of the controversy. But that’s not stopping them from trying to convince advertisers to withhold support from the show if it does get picked up: “After we reveal the vile and offensive nature of Comedy Central’s previous characterizations of Jesus Christ and God the Father, we expect these advertisers to agree wholeheartedly to end their advertising on Comedy Central and discontinue their support for unabashed, anti-Christian discrimination,” Bozell said in a statement to THR. “Why should they be supporting a business that makes a habit of attacking Christianity and yet has a formal policy to censor anything considered offensive to followers of Islam? This double standard is pure bigotry, one from which advertisers should quickly shy away.”
While Matt Stone and Trey Parker might agree with that last point, Comedy Central is declining comment. But is CARB justified in being angry that Comedy Central shows like South Park have depicted Jesus as a knife-wielding ninja, and God as a Buddhist hippo-cat-phant? Or should Comedy Central keep the religion-inspired creativity coming?