“Black Jesus,” a live-action comedy series airing on Adult Swim, drew swift condemnation before its premiere in early August. Some Christians, after viewing a three-minute trailer, blasted Aaron McGruder’s satirical portrayal of their lord and savior as a weed-smoking, foul-mouthed black man living in Compton, California. Some among the “violently offended” called “Black Jesus” blasphemous, disrespectful to African Americans, and just all around a bad idea.
But others, who have viewed more than the trailer that sparked much of the hullabaloo, say “Black Jesus” is not all that bad — and certainly not worth mounting a boycott against, as some ticked off Christians have called for.
Donohue returned to what he considers the bottom line: “Jesus’ message is getting delivered.”
“You have to be able to look past some things,” he added. “I’m not saying I like it, but I’m saying to Christians, ‘Take a deeper look at this. Take a look at the whole picture. Take a look at the intended audience. And if young men can get the message of Jesus…maybe they can get it that way now. Maybe when 10 years come by and they get a little older and they start having children, maybe that message will stick with them more than the actual presentation.”