A conservative Christian initiative that mounted unsuccessful campaigns against Archie Comics, DC Comics and Marvel has turned its attention to the new television series from The Boondocks creator Aaron McGruder.
Labeling Adult Swim's Black Jesus as "blasphemy," One Million Moms insists the live-action show's depiction of Jesus living in modern-day Compton, California, "makes a mockery of our Lord."
"The foul language used in the trailer, including using the Lord's name in vain, is disgusting," the group writes in its call to action. "In addition, there is violence, gunfire and other inappropriate gestures which completely misrepresent Jesus. This is blasphemy!"
Hoping to stop the series from premiering tonight at 11 ET/PT -- or, in its own words, to"keep this program from ever seeing the light of day" -- One Million Moms calls on its members to email Adult Swim to urge the cable channel to scrap its plans for Black Jesus. If that doesn't work, they'll ask advertisers to boycott the show.
"1MM will defend our Savior because He is Holy!" the group writes. "Adult Swim is obviously not a family network, and this program is set to air later in the evening when children should be asleep, but that is no excuse. Adult Swim has crossed the line by belittling the Christian religion with foul jokes."
Adult Swim issued a statement, saying, "Black Jesus is a satire and one interpretation of the message of Jesus played out in modern-day morality tales; and despite what some may consider a controversial depiction of Jesus, it is not the intent to offend any race or people of faith."
A project of the American Family Association, which is designated as a "hate group" by the Southern Poverty Law Center, One Million Moms in 2012 tried unsuccessfully to convince Toys 'R' Us to remove copies of Life With Archie #16, featuring the wedding of Kevin Keller. Although that campaign backfired spectacularly, with that issue quickly selling out, the group then targeted Marvel and DC for gay storylines involving Northstar and Alan Scott. That also blew up, with One Million Moms briefly retreating from Facebook after its page was inundated by comments, and a pro-gay group with the same name springing up in its absence.