Aaron McGruder has always been one for controversy. He’s stirred a lot commotion in his hit series The Boondocks, for 3 seasons (he had nothing to do with the 4th season). The Boondocks is a cartoon about a grandfather and two young boys growing up in the suburbs while dealing with stereotypes and misconceptions of black people.
It was the first cartoon to freely and excessively use the word, “Ni**a,” which is unfortunately a trademark of the show. The Boondocks has caused trouble with celebrities like Tyler Perry in regards to the borderline offensive humor, and honestly, it is what we would expect from McGruder…But has he taken it too far with Black Jesus?
The Christian community seems to think so. Conservative groups such as One Million Moms among others are attempting to boycott the upcoming comedy series. After watching the trailer, you can definitely see why. Black Jesus is about the Messiah living in Compton with his homies (erm, followers), in attempt to spread peace and love within the ghetto community. He uses excessive profanity and ends up getting shot at and carjacked among other things.
One Million Moms is not having it though. They are boycotting the show with the intention that the shoe never airs. They say that Black Jesus is “making a mockery of our Lord.”
They also wrote in a post, “The foul language used in the trailer, including using the Lord’s name in vain, is disgusting. In addition, there is violence, gunfire and other inappropriate gestures which completely misrepresent Jesus. This is blasphemy!”
Pastor David Rogers of the House of Prayer For All Nations in Chicago also had something to say regarding Black Jesus:
“We, the Christian Community are vehemently opposed and violently offended at this upcoming program. There is no way that this show would be aimed at the Jewish or Muslim community. We are demanding an IMMEDIATE retraction of this show and a PUBLIC APOLOGY to the Christian Community at large.”
There’s pushing the envelope and then there’s disrespectful. What do you guys think? Tell us about it below.