Jesus a Punch Line at Comedy Central

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Jesus a Punch Line at Comedy Central


Byline: Marybeth Hicks, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

A priest, a rabbi and a duck walk into a bar. The bartender looks up and says, What is this? A joke?

Ba dum ching.

Unfortunately, the folks at Comedy Central don't seem to know the difference between good-natured humor and vile insulting content that deliberately offends a huge segment of the population.

Last month, the network announced it is developing a new animated show titled JC, featuring a hapless Jesus Christ living on his own in New York City.

The synopsis at Comedy Central's Insider website says, A half-hour animated show about JC (Jesus Christ) wanting to escape his father's enormous shadow and to live life in NYC as a regular guy. A lot has changed in 2000 years and he is the ultimate fish out of water. Meanwhile his all-powerful yet apathetic father would rather be playing video games than listening to JC recount his life in the city. JC is a playful take on religion and society with a sprinkle of dumb.

Actually, based on previous depictions of Jesus on Comedy Central shows such as South Park, as well as the treatment of Christians and Christianity on shows across this network, the funniest part of that synopsis is the use of the word playful.

Of course, all humor is subjective. But it's generally accepted that there's a line between good-natured ribbing and ridicule. While a pilot of JC is not yet available, based on Comedy Central's track record of tasteless portrayals of Jesus and insults to Christianity thus far, it's reasonable to assume that its new show will simply expand on its already vulgar themes.

How vulgar? A four-minute video montage includes a cussing pontiff, a defecating Jesus, a menstruating Virgin Mary and more. (Brace yourself and watch the video at www.citizensagainstreligiousbigotry.org.)

Comedy Central prides itself on being an equal-opportunity offender. But that's not true. This season, a South Park episode depicting the Muslim prophet Muhammad in a bear suit was edited to appease Islamists who threatened violence against the show's creators if the episode aired. (Just imagine the outcry if they'd planned to put that bear in the woods to do what bears do).

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