As if in response to Megyn Kelly's smugly nonsensical reaction to the very idea of a black Santa Claus ("For all you kids at home, he just is white"), Aaron McGruder, subversive genius behind The Boondocks, ups the ante with an irreverent new comedy called Black Jesus, premiering Thursday, Aug. 7 at 11/10C on Adult Swim. The new show stars Gerald "Slink" Johnson (Grand Theft Auto V) as an African-American Jesus--or at least somebody who thinks he's Jesus--who strolls into modern-day Compton in sandals and robes to spread his gospel of love and compassion. It is, as the tagline says, "the most anticipated comeback in history," albeit one that is robustly infused with hilariously inappropriate ghetto profanity, much of it courtesy of "Jesus" himself.
Judging from the official trailer (above), and the equally brilliant expanded trailer (below), McGruder's outrageous new show promises to be the most devastatingly funny religious satire since Monty Python's The Life of Brian. As far as Megyn Kelly and Fox News are concerned, Black Jesus will likely amount to a virtual carpet bombing in the secular media's relentless war on Christmas; one can only hope that Bill O'Reilly remembers to take his blood pressure medication before seeing the trailer. Or not, depending on how one feels about Mr. O'Reilly.
There is a scene in the trailer where one of the new "apostles" complains to Black Jesus, "You smoked all the motherf---in' weed!", to which Jesus replies, "You do know I died for your motherf---in' sins, right?" To which another of Jesus's homeboys replies, "That shit's getting old! That was two thousand fourteen years ago!"
In another hilarious moment, an older follower becomes disgruntled when Jesus refuses to tell him the winning lottery numbers: "He is Jesus Christ, God's only begotten son, sent down here to save our mortal souls from eternal damnation. But you know what? That negro ain't done shit for me!"
"...McGruder's outrageous new show promises to
be the most devastatingly funny religious satire
since Monty Python's The Life of Brian."
It is that level of outrageousness--some would say blasphemy--that has sparked a volcanic reaction from conservatives, who are now giving Black Jesus the kind of international publicity it could never otherwise afford, by calling for a massive boycott of the show before it has even aired. Based on the ugly tenor of some of the more racist Youtube comments--which I won't dignify by repeating--the white Christian right seems to be more furious over the fact that Jesus is black than whether he uses the word "motherfucker." I only pray that Adult Swim and its parent company, Sony Pictures Television, will have the nuts to stand up to the ideologues when they launch their inevitable campaign to stop the rest of us from exercising our constitutional right to watch the show. (Funny, how conservative "freedoms" usually demand restrictions on the freedoms of others: the Orwellian irony is inescapable.)
Aaron McGruder was not involved with the latest season of The Boondocks due to irreconcilable differences with Sony. I suspect it was difficult to have a large corporation like Sony calling the shots for a show that McGruder had created. Nevertheless, Black Jesus is already attracting massive attention, and if the show is as funny as it looks, it's a safe bet that McGruder will have the last laugh.
Personally? I can't wait.
"'Boondocks' Creator Brings 'Black Jesus' to Adult Swim," Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter
( http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/boondocks-creator-brings-black-jesus-687190 )
"Black Jesus" episodes at Adult Swim
( http://video.adultswim.com/black-jesus/?cid=yt_blackJesusOffTrailerDescrip )
"Black Jesus" Facebook Page
( https://www.facebook.com/BlackJesus )
Aaron McGruder's Twitter Account
( https://twitter.com/aaronmcgruder23 )
( http://www.adultswim.com/ )
( http://video.adultswim.com/the-boondocks/season-4/ )