There is new comedy show appearing on cable TV.
The new show stars Gerald “Slink” Johnson as a modern-day black Jesus living in rough-and-tumble Compton, Calif., spreading “love and kindness” with a “loyal group of downtrodden followers,” according to Turner Broadcasting System’s press release.
In a statement, Adult Swim said “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.”
Ha! Good luck with that. Religious groups are already condemning the show as blasphemous and have created a petition drive calling for its cancellation.
Here’s a preview.
What I find most promising about the show is that its creator is Aaron McGruder, creator of the excellent comic strip (1996-2006) and TV series (2005-2014) called The Boondocks which were edgy and funny in the way they dealt with politics, media, and race.
Here are two strips at the height of warmongering in the US when we were being lied to about the terrorist threat and Iraq’s involvement in the attacks of 9/11 in the successful effort to garner public support for the disastrous invasion of that country. The first is from March 11, 2003 and the second from May 15, 2003.