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Jan 31 2011

Jesus loves racial stereotypes

The only way to summarize this video is my reaction:

“Oh lord, awful Native American stereotype. Wait, they’re cutting out to a diverse group. They’re not going to go through each – wait – yes, yes they are. Jesus, the Asian eyes aren’t even glued on properly. …Good lord it gets worse and worse. OH MY GOD THE BLACK PEOPLE WTF. …And the white people are from the South, of course. I’m so glad that’s ov-OH MY GOD JOSE! JOSE! I want to cry. I’m losing my mind watching this.”

You know you need to sit through the whole thing now.

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  1. 1
    TheWanderingFool

    After carefully considering the evidence, that’s the worst thing I’ve ever seen.

  2. 2
    Nicole Schrand

    I… I think I’m going to have terrible puppet nightmares now. That’ll teach me to watch horrible things before bed.

  3. 3
    Anne Sauer

    Man, I hated this song before. Now? I’m not sure there’s a word for my feelings toward it.

  4. 4
    Daniel Town

    What. The. Fuck.

  5. 5
    Michael Mills

    ))shudder((

  6. 6
    Michael Mills

    ))shudder((Edit: Not sure why this posted twice, but it is that shudderful

  7. 7
    Anna Jobsis

    Fuck, now I gotta have THAT stuck in my head? *stabs self with a fork*… also, no love for the pacific? Maori? Samoan? Jesus apparently doesn’t love your brown ass, man.

  8. 8
    Phil Boutros

    I…just….wow…It is not an easy task to render me speechless.

  9. 9
    cat

    Why? Why are they grey and vaguely greenish (Jose)? Then again, why am I expecting rationality from something so terrible.

  10. 10
    Yamiko

    Did they run out of brown when they made the black and hispanic kids? Why teh fuck were they gray?And with all that flashing at the end, Jesus apparently doesn’t love epileptic children.

  11. 11
    G.Syme

    Even my tears are crying!

  12. 12
    Rob

    I’m so confused. Why did they play La Marseillaise right before introducing the white hicks? Are they French hicks?Also, everything else.

  13. 13
    Moonablaze

    not only is Jose darker than the “black” people, but the “white” kid with the cowboy hat is the same color as the “black” people.

  14. 14
    GeorgeRVL

    I think I may have PTSD after that..

  15. 15
    ZelKwin

    Actually, we’re studying something relevant in my women’s studies class right now, that explains the “La Marseillaise” before the hicks. We’ve been discussing the construction of race in America and how non-white people are often given a modifier in front of American based on skin color, such as Cuban American, African American, Asian American, etc. In many ways, just American is synonymous with white, hence the white kids get what is thought of as a patriotic song before their solo. Because, you know, REAL Amuricans are white! -sigh-

  16. 16
    Craig Smith

    What the watch did I just fuck?

  17. 17
    Speffles

    And now gouge out my eyes, it’s only fair. Why does the white puppet get to sing with her grandad? Why can’t the asian puppets sing at the same time? Why did no-one warn me that Jesus’ love comes with age limitations? When does it stop? 12, 18, 21? Either way I’m too old to qualify.

  18. 18
    Ntsc

    I think that is population dependent. Where I came from, much of the population is from Scandinavia, and self-described as Danish-American, Swedish-American or Norwegian-American. To the point of naming institutions that way. http://www.swedishamerican.org

  19. 19
    hunny

    Wait are you kidding? I used to love this video as a kid!

  20. 20
    Skwiver

    Well, to be fair, Jesus was pretty much racist himself. Matt 15:22-26

  21. 21
    BeamStalk

    I remember singing this as a kid and always laughed because there are no red or yellow people, not realizing that it was a racist way of talking about Native Americans and Asians. Ahhh the innocence of youth.

  22. 22
    Lo

    I never knew there was the color bit.When we sang it in church, those lyrics were never taught or projected on the screen. Haha!

  23. 23
    BeamStalk

    Yeah in recent years they have changed the lyrics so they appear to not be racist.

  24. 24
    JediPsychologist

    I can’t believe I just sat through all of this. I sort of want my morning back.

  25. 25
    Mike O'Brien

    So now Jesus is a pedophile? No Way Jose!

  26. 26
    Matt

    My sister-in-law, who is no longer religious, went to a Christian college and got to perform this very puppet show for local schoolchildren, complete with Jose.

  27. 27
    Steve in SA

    Why not, so many of the leaders in his church are? Obviously they’ve already considered “WWJD”

  28. 28
    Jerry Dunsmore

    All I can say is.. HOLY CRAP!

  29. 29
    Katherine

    Jesus ran out of puppet funding.

  30. 30
    Katherine

    If they’re from Lousiana, probably.Not that it makes it okay. *shudder*

  31. 31
    Gibbitt Rhys-Jones

    Oh my effin g. Jesus apparently doesn’t like those of us with good taste.

  32. 32
    Gibbitt Rhys-Jones

    What would Jose do??

  33. 33
    Cynthia

    I remember watching a different puppet version of this song when I was little. Same song, but without the racist stereotypes. Like BeamStalk, I remember being confused by the red/yellow, and even the black/white part, not understanding how they referred to race. “I’m not really white, I’m light brown. And black people aren’t black, they’re dark brown.”I remember figuring that the song was just talking about the colour of the puppets themselves, and took the message as “Jesus loves all the little children, no matter who you are.”

  34. 34
    SpitefulFox

    Reminded me of this:http://somethingpositive.net/s

  35. 35
    the_Siliconopolitan

    You know you need to sit through the whole thing now.

    Nah.It’s not fun if you’re not in the room.

  36. 36
    LS

    God’s chosen people aren’t the Jews, silly, it’s Caucasian males =D

  37. 37
    WingedBeast

    I remember this from Sunday School. I’d never heard Native Americans referred to as “red” before, or people of East Asian decent referred to as “Yellow”. I just thought it was a random throwing of colors out there to make the “Jesus loves everybody” point by being silly. To my 6 year old mind, it would have made just as much sense to throw in plaid, paisley, and tie-dyed.Now, I look back on it and think about what a great introduction to racism that makes for little kids.

  38. 38
    Regina Astrum

    When I was in Sunday school we used to make bracelets with beads that represented a story and there were four beads to represent all the people of the world. They were red, yellow black and white. I always got in trouble when I asked why it wasn’t a rainbow.

  39. 39
    SuperHappyJen

    Jesus only loves Black people who are kind of on the light side.

  40. 40
    SuperHappyJen

    I can’t believe you made me sit through that.

  41. 41
    Kristin

    That was…wow. I don’t know whether I should feel sorry for or ashamed of those involved.Aside from everything else, that is some horrible puppetry.

  42. 42
    Fatbinos

    I can’t believe this was/is a mainstream song. I would have thought it was some weird fringe thing w/o reading the other comments here. And no love for brown people?

  43. 43
    Mal

    Jesus may love red, yellow, black, white and Jose… but boy does he hate those Muslim kids. And Mauris.

  44. 44
    NotThatGreg

    Whiskey Tango frikkin’ Foxtrot.So wrong, so wrong.. I’ve typed three or four things in here and then deleted each one, since to point out any one (or seven) wrong thing would just leave me thinking “what about everything else..”

  45. 45
    Josh Benton

    I made my feelings about this video known via Twitter shortly after it was posted. I can’t believe I watched part of it again. I’d never heard “La Marseillaise” until I saw people mentioning it as the song played before the American puppets came on, so that wasn’t what I heard. What I heard was the opening notes to the first verse of the “Marine Corps Hymn.”According to Wikipedia the music for that particular song appears to have been taken from a French opera. Not the most reliable source, I know, and I have no idea why they would choose that particular song to introduce the American puppets. It would at least make more sense than the French national anthem.Of course this could all be a desperate attempt by my mind to latch onto something familiar in a feeble attempt to make sense out of insanity.

  46. 46
    Sam Barnett-Cormack

    The real irony, to me, is that this is obviously meant to promote diversity in thinking, and discourage racism. Stereotypes fight racism!! Yeah!!!

  47. 47
    zen

    I heard that Jesse Helms once tried to advance legislation to dye all the muppets white.

  48. 48
    Sam Barnett-Cormack

    Even after someone mentioned Marseillaise, I thought it was the Marine Corps Hymn as well… because all good White kids dream of being Marines?

  49. 49
    jose

    haha it sounds funny how non spanish speaking folks pronounce my name.

  50. 50
    Ustice

    Jen, I hate you now. MY BRAIN!

  51. 51
    Julie

    My brain keeps playing, “blllaaaaaaack!” over and over again.

  52. 52
    Three Ninjas

    Laissez les bon temps rouler.

  53. 53
    tricstmr

    OW.That hurt..

  54. 54
    TheSecretAtheist

    Yeah, the new, PC lyrics to “Jesus Loves the Little Children” are, “every color race, all are covered by his grace.”Also, this video is using two songs. The song that the individual stereotypes sing is “Jesus Loves Me” and the song that they use with the group is “Jesus Loves the Little Children”. Then the white French Texans get a snippet of “La Marseillaise” thrown in before they sing bits of both songs on their own. Even as puppets being whiteish has its privileges. Dear god I don’t know if I can recover from this video tonight… More scotch is needed.

  55. 55
    Jen (but not the blogger Jen)

    Oh sweet Hades… That was hilariously painful and painfully hilarious. They’re just trying so HARD, and failing so BADLY!

  56. 56
    Ava Trimble

    I…I….I…… I couldn’t get through it. I got as far as the Lady-and-the-Tramp-Siamese-Cat-style vocals for the “yellow” (oh god) beloved children of Jesus….and I had to make it stop. My soul has been scorched by this horror. It hurts.

  57. 57
    Rutybear

    O My EYES!! IT BURNS! IT BUUUUURRRNS!!

  58. 58
    Kaitlyn

    I REMEMBER THIS!!!!! I went to a Christian elementary school, and we sang this song in chapel all the time. We even acted out the different part in what I’m sure was a horribly racist manner. God, how could the adults in our lives actually think that subjecting us to this crap was a good idea?!?!?!

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