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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.
Legal | The trial resumed today, if only briefly, in Tunis for the president of a Tunisian television network accused of “insulting sacred values” when he aired the adaptation of Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis. Tensions were so high in the courtroom that proceedings were postponed until April. The Oct. 7 broadcast resulted in an attempted arson attack on the network’s offices and the arrest of some 50 protesters. Nessma TV President Nebil Karoui, who apologized in October, is charged with “insulting sacred values, offending decent morals and causing public unrest” because of the outrage triggered by a scene in Persepolis showing God, which is prohibited by Islam. [AFP]
Organizations | Stumptown Comics, the organization that puts on the Stumptown Comics Fest every year in Portland, Oregon, has added three new members to its board: Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Executive Director Charles Brownstein, Boilerplate co-author Anina Bennett and editor Shawna Gore. [Stumptown Comics]