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Aaron McGruder’s ‘Black Jesus’ Trailer Sparks Controversy, Petition

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The official trailer for Aaron McGruder’s controversial new comedy Black Jesus has been released, and Christian groups are up in arms. An online petition has been created to have the show pulled before it airs on the Adult Swim network.

The show from The Boondocks creator features an African-American version of Jesus living in a predominantly Black neighborhood of Compton, California.

While some characters trust that the weed-smoking, cursing and crude man is actually Jesus, others doubt he is who he says he is.

The trailer shows snippets of his wild antics as he asks his neighbors if they “have any f*****g faith.”

He is also seen performing miracles throughout the neighborhood and having some violent run-ins with some questionable characters.

In the midst of performing miracles, he is also seen dealing with requests for winning lottery tickets and trying to fend off gang bangers in the neighborhood.

While some fans of McGruder’s work are excited for the show to hit small screens, Christian-based activist group One Million Moms and Pastor David A. Rodgers of the House of Prayer for All Nations Ministries in Chicago find the show to be incredibly offensive and shameful.

“We, the Christian community are vehemently opposed and violently offended at this upcoming program soon to air on your channel called, ‘BLACK JESUS,’” Rodgers wrote in an open letter to Adult Swim on his Facebook page. “The level of disrespect aimed at the depiction of our Lord and Savior is inexcusable. We are hard pressed to find any value in this program, its message or its purpose.”

Black Jesus show on Adult Swim

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The letter went on to warn Adult Swim that the pastor and his congregation are prepared to “launch a mass campaign and boycott” of the entire channel and any advertisers that are associated with the channel.

A petition on Change.org has been garnering signatures and reached more than 3,500 as of Sunday morning.

Others have slammed the show as being racist in the way it depicts the Black community.

One commenter on the petition described the show as “racist” and “beyond disgusting.”

With The Boondocks also being known for its controversial content, McGruder is no stranger to getting backlash. The animated series was known for ruffling feathers. In 2005, McGruder admitted that he can never quite guess what will offend people and what won’t.

“I’ve never been able to predict what people are going to get mad at,” he said. “I’ve tried, and I’ve always been surprised.”

McGruder has not responded to the Black Jesus petition, but Adult Swim has shown no signs of pulling the show prior to its Aug. 7 premiere date.

What people are saying

20 thoughts on “Aaron McGruder’s ‘Black Jesus’ Trailer Sparks Controversy, Petition

  1. Can't wait to see this masterpiece.

  2. Nicol L Lami says:

    can he just loose the wig please! not the wigs please!

  3. Basil Malik says:

    Guess they think if Jesus came back he gonna kick it with Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney.

  4. Rose McGrath says:

    Hey, keep up the good work Christian community. Without your vocal opposition, I wouldn't have heard of this movie. Now I'll be SURE to watch it.

  5. Looks HILARIOUS! I will be watching

  6. Mike Forester says:

    It's a lot better than the Passion of Christ or Noah.

  7. This could week be the revelation the world has waited for … We had all the other signs … A pretty awesome Second Coming I say …

  8. The real problem that these people have is the ACCURATE depiction of Jesus as black. Sorry, but Jesus, or Yeshua, was from the tribe of Judah, meaning He looked like today's Ethiopians. I cannot speak to the content of the script.

  9. David Stokes says:

    first off,they say jesus was a bronze skinned man,with hair like wool in the bible.so this being the truth,why is he white all over America.and of course,when they tell the truth it's a fuckin comedy.not to be taken seriously.typical racist Hollywood.fuckem.

  10. This looks amazeballs.

  11. Sam Jojo says:

    wicked stuff ride on

  12. remember Big D IT'S ONLY AN IMAGE!!! 🙂 <3

  13. Keith Williams says:

    So…let me get this correct…

    Mock, make fun of, or say anything about the LGBT…bad. Mock and make fun of Jesus Christ…comedy.

    This world is decaying in front of my very eyes.

  14. Jesse James says:

    You Christians don't even accept the origins of your faith or understand the importance of his name, you just follow what ever a professor or pastor tells you without searching for him yourself…. just ducks in a row.

  15. Mark Anthony says:

    So they ate gonna boycott Adult Seim……why would hardcore Christians be watching adult swim in the first place. I don't think the boycott will affect numbers at all. Unless they use to like watching moral oral

  16. Michael Nicholas says:

    I love how these crazy groups threaten to boycott something they don't even watch to begin with….like i find it highly unlikely that they were fans of Adult Swim prior to the airing of Black Jesus…. I loved the show but i'm an atheist so my opinion is probably moot to anyone of faith…though even when i was catholic i wouldve enjoyed this show as much as i do now

  17. Michael Nicholas says:

    I love how these crazy groups threaten to boycott something they don't even watch to begin with….like i find it highly unlikely that they were fans of Adult Swim prior to the airing of Black Jesus…. I loved the show but i'm an atheist so my opinion is probably moot to anyone of faith…though even when i was catholic i wouldve enjoyed this show as much as i do now

  18. It's a fun show. And maybe there is a lesson to be learned here and there. So don't be hating.

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