What Comedy Central wants to do with Jesus is no laughing matter

Posted: May 11, 2010 in Above the Fold, Legal Prejudice, Networking, PC is not for ME
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Once again, HiScrivener’s “Legal Prejudice” theory strikes gold with yet another example of how no one gives a flip about offending the Body of Christ. Shoot, stray dogs get more respect and advocacy than Christians do these days.

Jesus Christ in his own talk show on South Park

WWJI? "Who Would Jesus Interview?!"

Exhibit A: The crack pipe smoking crew at Comedy Central… and I used to love this channel, so this pains me.

A couple of weeks ago, the makers of South Park (never seen an episode; don’t care to do so) created quite a kerfuffle when they depicted a search for the Prophet Muhammad. As you can imagine, the Nation of Islam were shouting “Allahu Akbar” to anyone with a fancy title at the network.

According to the New York Times, South Park received a “death prediction” because it’s a huge no-no to have Muhammad on anything except Muslim approved propagandaer, materials.

Now, these are guys on South Park that have very little scruples. Bashing religion is open season over there, but this “prediction” got up their dander.

“After we delivered the show, and prior to broadcast, Comedy Central placed numerous additional audio bleeps throughout the episode,” the message said. It added that the network was not allowing the episode to be streamed on the Web site, where “South Park” shows generally appear after they are broadcast on Comedy Central.

Muhammad wasn’t removed, but his likeness was. A small victory… and so, they have found someone bigger to pick on at the repugnant network. Jesus Christ. In fact, not just for an insulting cameo appearance, but an entire near-sacrilegious show.

According to the Huffington Post, we see Comedy Central is far from done and ostracizing the Body of Christ:

Comedy Central said Thursday that it has a cartoon series about Jesus Christ in the works. “JC” is one of 23 potential series the network said it has in development. It depicts Christ as a “regular guy” who moves to New York to “escape his father’s enormous shadow.”

Although “JC” has been a reoccurring theme in South Park, the fun and yuks will continue if this gets approved as ‘God’ is presented as an apathetic man who would rather play video games than listen to his son talk about his new life. Yeah, because that’s friggin’ hilarious!

And once again, the ONLY God-fearing individual who is saying anything is William Donahue, president of Catholic League for Civil and Religious Rights. (And before you complain about what he is – or is not – saying about the outrageous travesty inside the Catholic Church… have you spoke out against this mess. No? Then, moving on…)

“It’s not certain what is more despicable: the nonstop Christian bashing featured on the network, or Comedy Central’s decision to censor all depictions of Muhammad,” he said in the aforementioned link.

Now while the overreaction of death threats is way out of line and nowhere near indicative of what true Islam resembles, I understand the angst and have been waiting… and waiting… and waiting for these high-powered TBN preachers to do something about this. Alas, nothing has happened unless Jan and Paul Crouch are planning on a call drive to Comedy Central in the near future.

No? Moving on again…

So, in an effort to prevent the presumed sandstorm of Christian acrimony, we have this tepid explanation from Comedy Central:

“In general, comedy in its purest form always makes some people uncomfortable,” said Comedy Central head of original programming Kent Alterman.

I get it: The real stuff is always the funny stuff. But there is a line that is not so blurred to some of us who actually rever Christ, holmes.

Comedy Central has crossed that ubiquitous line and the Body of Christ has yet to defend it. Muslims fight for their deity. Scientologists fight each other for theirs. Christians? We just whisper after church at Luby’s and “pray for people to do it for us.”

Here goes nothing: two addresses and please, I’m not asking for chain letters, but forward this on to folk and DO SOMETHING!

  • Tony Fox, corporate communications executive vice president of Comedy Central, can be reached at (212) 767-8746 or tony.fox@comedycentral.com.
  • Doug Herzog, president of Comedy Central, can be reached at (310) 407-4790 or doug.herzog@comedycentral.com.

And when you reply, be sure to let them both know that while the network calls this ballyhoo “comedy”, we – as a united body of believers – will work to make you and your sponsors uncomfortable.

Anyone with me? God, I pray so.

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  2. kick says:

    this is bull crap

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  4. techi33 says:

    South Park, The Daily Show and Colbert Report.
    These shows are a joke! that’s the only funny thing about them. :O)

  5. Mariano says:

    You’re welcome Comedy Central

    Fearing Islam, Comedy Central is now planning an entire show about Jesus.

    Clearly, Comedy Central has complimented Christianity as they know that the worse they can expect out of Christians for besmirching Jesus is that we will say, “Well, I just won’t watch it,” or, “I will pray for them.”

    As Richard Dawkins stated it (during a rare moment of clarity):
    “There are no Christians, as far as I know, blowing up buildings. I am not aware of any Christian suicide bombers. I am not aware of any major Christian denomination that believes the penalty for apostasy is death. I have mixed feelings about the decline of Christianity, in so far as Christianity might be a bulwark against something worse”

    Find details here

    • hiscrivener says:

      How is that a complement? It’s an insult what they are doing, and although that is basically what church folk will do, does that make the actions of CC right? Clearly not.

  6. The Last Temptation of Christ. Never saw it. Didn’t care too. But the opposition from Christians turned a flop into a something that gained it’s own life. What does it matter if they make fun of Jesus. What do you really expect from the world?

    With the culture turning into predominantly non-Christian and unchurched one would think that the the remaining Christians would wake up and realize that the protests and boycotts have been fruitless. Think about what the first century church did. Did they spend their energy protesting and boycotting the pagan government/ culture of their day?

    From one research on attendance in America: (For years, the Gallup Research Organization has come up with a consistent figure — 40 percent of all Americans, or roughly 118 million people, who said they attended worship on the previous weekend. Recently, sociologists of religion have questioned that figure, saying Americans tend to exaggerate how often they attend. By actually counting the number of people who showed up at representative sample of churches, two researchers, Kirk Hadaway and Penny Marler found that only 20.4 percent of the population, or half the Gallup figure, attended church each weekend.)

    • hiscrivener says:

      Okay, you have a mama? What if I make fun of her? Ever heard of PETA? What happens when folk even insult an ugly dog? I understand everyone is uber-sensitive and I am about as anti-PC as they come, but if you were objective in the least, you have to admit it’s open season to bash Jesus Christ and his people. Some of them – many of them are highly visible – are terrible representations of the love of God, and for that, we are all lumped into one batch.

      If you can’t bash Jews, Muslims or even Scientologists because of Hollywood ties (or for fear of dying), then Christianity should be given the same treatment. Otherwise, bash them all… and we will learn to love others like we always have. Well, most of us.

      • Open season. No kidding. Tell us something new. Instead of boycotts and constant quibbling over the fact then rejoice and go about your business. You can expect equal treatment but you will not get it.

        I agree bash them all or don’t. Equal treatment should be the standard but it isn’t happening. Make your argument and persuade people. I simply was making the point that the previous methods are a waste of effort and are pointless.

        That perhaps is the most anti-pc (religious version) you will hear. Get back to work and pay no attention but rejoice.

  7. thesauros says:

    Thanks for the addresses. I too have never watched s.p.. The ads for it are dumb enough. Neither have I ever made a point to not purchasing specific products in protest of anything. Not sure I’ll start now, but this is a new low. It’s one thing to offend accidentally. But to make a series, the sole purpose of which is to offend has for me crossed a line.

    Plain and simple, CC is all out of ideas.

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  9. Oh, and how do we find out who their sponsors are so we can stop patronizing them, please?

    • hiscrivener says:

      About the sponsors, watch the big shows: South Park, The Daily Show and Colbert Report. If they are on those shows, they are paying the most money. Thanks for forwarding this story, and with faith, it will do some good. Peace and blessings.

  10. My husband and sons watch South Park, so I’ve occasionally been subjected to it from across the room with my back turned. It’s not anything I find funny nor anything I would watch. I’m with wken, I don’t find that humor is required to be offensive to someone. In my opinion, if you have to offend someone, you are desperate and not funny. I will write these people, but I’m not sure it will do any good whatsoever. Sadly.

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  14. wken says:

    First of all, I’m tired of hearing that notion that all real humor has to offend someone.

    No, it doesn’t. Moreover, there’s a difference between teasing someone and crossing the line into what people view as blasphemy. Steve Martin’s “Happy Feet” and “King Tut” segments come to mind … I suppose that that might have offended the pharaohs, but that’s about it.

    In truth, I wish that more people would make decisions like CC made regarding Muhammad. But they should have done it out of respect, not fear, and should show the same respect to others.

    I know Christians who watch “South Park.” I can’t understand why or how they rationalize that. I’ve never watched an episode and there isn’t a force on earth powerful enough to make me do so. Anyway … thanks for the info.

    I’m with you … and I think I’ll leave out the part about not having cable and thus never watching them, anyway. And I’ll have to find a list of their advertisers.

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