Conservative Christian Activists Push Adult Swim to Pull ‘Black Jesus’ Off TV
Conservative Christian activists, led by the groups One Million Moms and the American Family Association, are pushing Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim to cancel the new show “Black Jesus,” which they call offensive and “full of lies.”
The show, which was to premiere at 10 p.m. Thursday, is written and produced by Aaron McGruder, best known for comic strip and animated series “The Boondocks,” about two young black brothers.
The 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.
But Monica Cole, director of One Million Moms, said the show is “blasphemous, irreverent and disrespectful.” Her group is basing its criticisms on the show’s YouTube trailer, which shows Jesus using explicit language and includes violence and drinking.