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Aaron McGruder’s ‘Black Jesus’ targeted by One Million Moms

Aaron McGruder

Aaron McGruder

A conservative Christian initiative that mounted unsuccessful campaigns against Archie Comics, DC Comics and Marvel has  turned its attention to the new television series from The Boondocks creator Aaron McGruder.

Labeling Adult Swim’s Black Jesus as “blasphemy,” One Million Moms insists the live-action show’s depiction of Jesus living in modern-day Compton, California, “makes a mockery of our Lord.”

“The foul language used in the trailer, including using the Lord’s name in vain, is disgusting,” the group writes in its call to action. “In addition, there is violence, gunfire and other inappropriate gestures which completely misrepresent Jesus. This is blasphemy!”

Hoping to stop the series from premiering tonight at 11 ET/PT — or, in its own words, to”keep this program from ever seeing the light of day” — One Million Moms calls on its members to email Adult Swim to urge the cable channel to scrap its plans for Black Jesus. If that doesn’t work, they’ll ask advertisers to boycott the show.

“1MM will defend our Savior because He is Holy!” the group writes. “Adult Swim is obviously not a family network, and this program is set to air later in the evening when children should be asleep, but that is no excuse. Adult Swim has crossed the line by belittling the Christian religion with foul jokes.”

Adult Swim issued a statement, saying, “Black Jesus is a satire and one interpretation of the message of Jesus played out in modern-day morality tales; and despite what some may consider a controversial depiction of Jesus, it is not the intent to offend any race or people of faith.”

A project of the American Family Association, which is designated as a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center, One Million Moms in 2012 tried unsuccessfully to convince Toys ‘R’ Us to remove copies of Life With Archie #16, featuring the wedding of Kevin Keller. Although that campaign backfired spectacularly, with that issue quickly selling out, the group then targeted Marvel and DC for gay storylines involving Northstar and Alan Scott. That also blew up, with One Million Moms briefly retreating from Facebook after its page was inundated by comments, and a pro-gay group with the same name springing up in its absence.

(via Gawker)

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Every time a call for a boycott is called. Viewership increases, if there is a viewership increase, advertisers flock to the program. So thank you 1million(inaccurate)moms. You’ve just guaranteed the show will air.

Hey, I just checked out their website. It’s astounding the amount of “success” they claim in regards to cancelling shows with little proof to back it up.

Clearly 1 million moms doesn’t have the legion of fervent followers to enact a successful boycott. Unlike the groups that got Orson Scott Card blacklisted from comics.

You can change the text in that form to send Adult Swim whatever message you want. I told them I want more Venture Bros sooner.

Now that One Million Moms has brought it to my attention, I’ll be sure to check it out!

did one million moms get mad at about all the previous uses of Jesus in the media or are they just upset about the “black” part?

I’m not going to watch it because it’s offensive, which it is. But I’m not going to watch because it’s stupid.

Trailer cracks me up every time I see it. Can’t wait to watch this tonight.
When will they learn that every time they want to boycott something it just gets it more attention.

They don’t have one million members. Guess lying isn’t one of the sins they have a problem with.

Oh sweet, I didn’t realize the show was starting. Thanks, One Million Moms*!

* actual number of moms may vary.

“JEEZUS IS WHITE GODD@MMIT!”

>> They don’t have one million members. Guess lying isn’t one of the sins they have a problem with.>>

Their board of directors is all-male or nearly all-male, too.

Not moms.

kdb

^^This. The stuffy old gits

*sigh*
Here we go again….

Those that pray and revere Jesus wouldn’t watch a show like this anyway.
Those that don’t believe in the Christian god won’t be offended by this.
So who is this hurting?
Besides, if a person’s faith is THAT flimsy, that a late night TV show on basic cable, could threaten them and their belief, I think the problem is more on them, then anything else.

“In addition, there is violence, gunfire and other inappropriate gestures which completely misrepresent Jesus. This is blasphemy!”

By the Bible’s own account, Jesus lived in a time of violence, when criminals were crucified and the adulterous stoned to death.

But I agree that the Christian religion (religions?) is being belittled. By their own self-appointed defenders.

I guess “Moral Orel” was fine for these people.

This show is going to be on for years now.

MisterUnderhill

August 8, 2014 at 10:32 am

Well, until I read this, I wasn’t planning to watch Black Jesus, but now I’m going to get everybody I know to watch it. Foiled again, 1MM!

(Side note: any group that wants to be taken seriously probably shouldn’t use an abbreviation that makes them seem like a boy band.)

Snake! It’s not over!

Not yet!

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