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Groups Unite to Protest Jesus Christ Cartoon on Comedy Central

by Kim Potts, posted Jun 2nd 2010 9:40AM
Oh, they're serious, but the idea of a supergroup (whose name spells out the acronym 'CARB') of protestors banding together to fight a cartoon that isn't even on the air yet? Well, you can imagine the fun the 'South Park' guys might have with that.

The group of TV watchdogs -- made up of Brent Bozell (president, Media Research Center), Bill Donohue (president, Catholic League), Michael Medved (talk radio host), Tony Perkins (president, Family Research Council), Rabbi Daniel Lapin (American Alliance of Jews and Christians) and Parents Television Council president Tim Winter -- have formed the Coalition Against Religious Bigotry ('CARB') to take a stance against 'JC,' an upcoming Comedy Central animated series that revolves around Jesus Christ.

In 'JC,' which has yet to air, be filmed or even have an announced airdate as a show that's in the development stage, the titular son of God moves to New York City, where he wants to live as a normal guy and get out from under the shadow of his father. His dad, meanwhile, is more interested in playing video games than listening to his son ramble on about life in the Big Apple in the comedy, which a Comedy Central press release describes as "a playful take on religion and society with a sprinkle of dumb."

That all adds up to offensive according to CARB, which has scheduled a press conference for Thursday to ask advertisers to boycott the show ... if it makes it to air.

"After we reveal the vile and offensive nature of Comedy Central's previous characterizations of Jesus Christ and God the Father, we expect these advertisers to agree wholeheartedly to end their advertising on Comedy Central and discontinue their support for unabashed, anti-Christian discrimination," Bozell said in a statement. "Why should they be supporting a business that makes a habit of attacking Christianity and yet has a formal policy to censor anything considered offensive to followers of Islam? This double standard is pure bigotry, one from which advertisers should quickly shy away."

The double standard to which Bozell refers is Comedy Central's decision to censor 'South Park' earlier this year from depicting the Prophet Muhammad, the Muslim religious figure, in an episode of the irreverent show. A group called Muslim Revolution had issued a warning that amounted to a thinly veiled death threat against 'Park' creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker for the episode, in which Muhammad was shown in a bear costume.

Comedy Central has yet to respond to the formation of CARB, though when 'JC' was announced in May, Comedy Central head of original programming Kent Alterman told the Hollywood Reporter, "In general, comedy in purist form always makes some people uncomfortable."

And when asked if the network was concerned with 'JC' drawing protests from religious groups, Alterman replied that it was too soon to discuss such matters. "We don't even know what the show is yet," he said.

Meanwhile, CARB has put together a little clip called "Comedy Central's Respect for Christianity," showing past portrayals of God on the network, which, of course, all come from 'South Park':

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Oh Jesus Christ...

June 03 2010 at 11:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Picviewer

When's the rapture coming to take the nutbags off this planet? 2000+ years of backasswardness brought to you by the 3 deathcults that started in the same region. They are usually fat sloths who are genetic failures who can't amount to anything so place blame on others while having a mysterious bigger brother spirit to help them of all their problems. Thats all religion is, some douche caveman couldn't get going one day and it escalated into my brother will beat you up, well my dad can, my grandfather, etc... until it was some mysterious being after slacktooth the neaderthal died after sticking his head in the fire from the sky one day and slomosh the protohuman saw it as a opportunity to advance himself and proclaimed a sky spirit did that. So stick with me and you'll be better than them. End of story. Theocracy won't see it's place on these shores.

June 03 2010 at 1:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
FlagPatrick

I don't like getting to this stuff here but I'm not Muslim but I get mistaken for Muslim so you can guess what my religious background is...
South Park has it right, either everything is fair game or nothing is, so I agree with this Christian Coalition in there being a double standard. At the same time, Comedy Central is merely being safe, the fucking Muslim Revolution groupwho made a death threat. And it was a death threat, those senseless assholes are part of the problem! And they are based out of New York very close to CC's headquarters , it is them who should be villanized, hell why isn't the FBI looking into the matter. If I were a Comedy Central head I would also be afraid for my employees. I don't want to discuss politics too much but it all goes back to that saying... not all muslims are terrorists but all terrorists are muslim, unfortunately currently muslim extremists groups are a serious threat in this country! I know there are smaller factions and other religious nutjubs but the vast majority are muslim, it's an unfortunate fact of life. Imams, and Muslim clerics are simply not doing enough to denounce these rumors and then you guys like Salman Rushdie who have to fear from their life because of death threats. Hell, comedian Kumail Nanjiani is from Pakistan originally and he stopped doing his one man show because he feared for his life!! Not a joke, he openly admits the violent nature, so there is something wrong with these muslim extremists, something needs to be done! And at the same time, I'm not looking at red blooded rednecks who are talking about gutting all brown people, or right wing christans group talking about one true god bullshit. Don't attack other religions and then cry foul when someone mocks yours. This CARB group detests gay marriage criticizes other lifestyles and then crys when people mock theres... have a sense of humor about it. I do! My religion which once again you have to figure out takes quite a beating, and if it's from some dumbass who is gonna commit a hate crime, I won't take it. But if it's some comedy show or a stand up or whatever else that is entertainment I take it. Look, I've ranted enough no side is right but the fact of the matter remains there are serious problems with extremists on both sides, and muslim extremists have a violent stigma associated with them that is gonna to stick around thanks to bullshit groups like revolution muslim or whatever the fuck those guys were!

June 02 2010 at 9:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
David

IF ONLY Parker and Stone were in charge of "JC" - a South Park spinoff featuring Jesus living a (mostly) everyday existence? That would be awesome.

June 02 2010 at 6:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
thefunkyking

CARB should shutup, I don't agree with them, so they should stop doing what they do.

June 02 2010 at 4:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Leroy

Your satirical comment makes a valid point to some extent.

Where I believe the line should be drawn however, is between those who want to present their point of view for rational debate and those who insist that their point of view is the only acceptable one and therefore everyone must change to behave just like they do, with the concept of rational debate being entirely removed from the equation. CARB is in the latter category. They want to prohibit everyone from doing anything they don't approve of.

Perhaps an example will help. Most of the groups involved in CARB are against gay marriage. If that meant members of CARB refrained from same-sex marriage among themselves and left everyone else alone that would be fine. Unfortunately, they carry it further and insist that no one anywhere should be allowed to participate in same-sex marriage. This is the very opposite of the principles of freedom America was founded on.

June 02 2010 at 5:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
JS

Blasphemy tends to be lame, cheap humour, but nothing offends me more than hypocrisy. Liberal groups such as PETA, GLAAD, LGBT, and multiple women's groups, are equally as poor at choosing their battles concerning media censoring/respect. All groups whether conservative or liberal, blow the whistle so often on minor things, that it's hard to respect any of them when they are actually attempting to make a valid point. I think it's funny how liberal groups, however, are against generalities and hate, yet, are quick to throw every religious person, and or, Christian into the same basket, terribly misinformed that many denominations actually have their own principles, philosophies, and dare I say, lenient views. Unfortunately, most of these groups don't genuinely portray the average church/parish/synagogue/temple goers, out there, most of them probably not giving a sh *t about the immature controversy, having much better things to do; the same as how, especially, GLAAD and LGBT are a weak representation of most homosexuals, making them look like a bunch of whiney aggressors. So, perhaps many of you ought to consider that most individuals who are the same orientation, religious, or share a large percentile of principles (such as PETA) as some of these groups/organization, are actually victims of the stereotypes they emit every year with their ambulance chasing.

June 02 2010 at 2:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
chrissthomas

I don't care what Comedy Central airs. If they want to air it that is fine but it is also the right of the consumer to make it known that they do not support it by not spending money on the advertisers' products. TV is a capitalist venture to make money so it makes sense. The real problem is not the group saying they don't want it on and will protest it is CC's choice to sensor other comedy which is offensive to another religion simply because of threats. This sends the wrong message. It says that violence is the only way to get your way. What is to stop a crazy christian group from making the same threats? Will they pull all offensive material from broadcast then? It is either all or nothing in my opinion and the fact that they caved to threats from militant islamists makes me not want to watch their programming anymore. Grow some balls please Comedy Central.

June 02 2010 at 2:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
RobynM

Seems to me that if they're worried about disrespectful portrayals, CARB's a little late to the party.

Where were these guys back in '07 when Adult Swim was showing "Lucy, Daughter of the Devil" in which JC was a Hispanic DJ who was dating the title character? Or last year, when AS ran "The Rising Son", which was a live-action sitcom about JC and his family? And then, of course, there's Moral Orel, which, while not making fun of religious figures in specific, certainly was a critique of the WASP religious lifestyle.

I'd mention Family Guy, but they've been the whipping boy of a couple of CARB's member organizations for years already.

June 02 2010 at 1:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Leroy

Once again the christian extremists in the US prove they are just as insane as the muslim extremists elsewhere.

There are hundreds of religions in the world and each of them has believers that are equally fervent about theirs being the only "true" religion. This should tell people something: none of them are right.

All religions contain at least some useful ideas for how to live your life, but none of them has a patent on the final truth about the universe.

June 02 2010 at 12:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Melanie51

You are delusional if you believe "the christian extremists in the US prove they are just as insane as the muslim extremists elsewhere." First, most Christians in the U.S. are not extremist, and we certainly do not threaten death or beheading when we are offended. A boycott, yes, but as citizens, we have the right to organize and voice our opposition.

June 02 2010 at 1:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Leroy

My statement does not in any way suggest that all American christians are extremists. Extremists are those that try to force their personal beliefs on everyone. By insisting that this show not be aired for anyone to watch, this alliance qualifies itself as extreme and way out of line in regard to the Bill of Rights.

June 02 2010 at 2:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tim

I don't, but I think a double standard is pretty lame on CC's part. Lampoon all religions, it's just comedy. If you're a true believer, you'll see it's just comedy.

June 02 2010 at 12:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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