Saturday Night Live has always been known for comedy that can be offensive, inappropriate and irreverent – yet some will still wage a war of condemnation in obvious hopes of changing the show. But condemning SNL only serves to promote the show and remind America that it is still a relevant medium for social and political commentary.
The most recent criticism of SNL is focused on a spoof on the controversial movie “Django Unchained” – the spoof was “Djesus Uncrossed.” Presented as a trailer for an upcoming Quentin Tarantino movie, “Djesus Uncrossed” featured Jesus rising from the dead…but instead of ascending into Heaven, Jesus goes on a profanity-laced rampage and violently attacks and kills those who were responsible for His crucifixion. The announcer says in the typical movie announcer style, “He’s risen from the dead, and he’s preaching anything but forgiveness.”
I understand how that comedy skit would be offensive to many Christians, but chances are those who are offended were not even watching SNL. This group would not have been enjoying the show’s sarcastic and irreverent humor and then suddenly become offended when “Djesus Uncrossed” came on the show. The motivation to condemn comedy that did not initially invade the privacy of someone’s world must come from a desire to protect the masses from comedy considered offensive.
When Tim Tebow was a prominent figure in the news, SNL did a skit where Jesus visited Tebow and the Broncos in the locker room. Christ has always been the subject of comedy - the question is whether or not Christ is off limits.
Early in my radio career as a morning show disc jockey, comedy was the foundation of “The Scoot in the Morning Show” and I achieved great success. Now, as a radio talk show host I continue to occasionally inject my sarcastic, irreverent sense of humor when talking about the top social and political issues of the day. I also did stand-up at a local comedy club and once at open mic night at the Improv in Los Angeles. I mention this only to establish that I do have an understanding of the nature of comedy.
Comedy is based on real-life and the subjects of comedy are often popular figures from history and contemporary pop culture – from any president to Paris Hilton. What makes us laugh are things that are a spoof or twist on real-life people and situations and that often includes a comic spin on morality. Comedy actually forces us to think about moral and appropriate behavior toward others.
Laughing at a joke or comedy skit we know to be offensive does not mean we agree with the actions or that we are offensive people. We laugh at the absurdity of the twist on real-life and real people.
No one should take comedy too seriously or fear that comedy has the power to corrupt the world. Comedy is the commentary of an already corrupt world.
Jesus was contemporary in the context of the world in which He lived. It’s possible that if Jesus were alive as a mortal man today, He might use comedy in His parables to communicate His message:
Then Jesus said to His disciples – “Hey did you guys here the one about the prodigal son and this fat calf?”
Keep Christ in comedy – that reinforces Christ in the real world.
I couldn't agree with you more. Great show, as usual! Listen everyday.
Since you apparently believe that nothing should be off-limits to what you consider "comedy", I suggest that you give your listeners about a week's worth of satirizing Mohammed and Islam.
CHRIST is NOT a laughable issue
lets storm the CHRIStian embassy. our feelings have been hurt
by a comedy.
Jesus Isn't Some Joke to Laugh At...
The reason why America's in its current state today is because the lack of respect for God and Jesus Christ. Comedy or not, Jesus and what He did is no laughing matter. To make a joke out of the crucifixion shows poor taste indeed! You're right about one thing though, the Christians I know wouldn't be watching SNL in the first place.
Not real Life
Just like the commerical during the Super Bowl with the Devil offering a car for the soul. Members of my family were outrage I told them it only TV.
Make fun of Islam and see what happens
Go ahead and make fun of Jesus Christ in a so called comedy. If any of these so called comedians make fun of the Son of Man I would love to see their reactions when they have to say they are sorry for mocking Someone who wants to be a special Friend you will never have in your lifetime. To these comics make fun of a Muslim and hope and pray you are safer in a slum in Panama City Panama from the bad guys ready to beat you up worse than Ivan Drago beat Apollo Creed in Rocky IV (1985).
Who is this Jesus?
Scoot.Let me sk you. If you were going to trial on a murder charge would you mock the judge as you entered the courtroom? Great show but you havnt the faintest idea of who Jesus is. He is the Sovereign Lord and Judge of all the universe from the axis of the earth to the farthest reches of the universe. Every persson who has ever lived will stand before Him on Judgement Day to give n account for every word, thought, deed, and intent of their heart. On that day there will be no comedy or mocking but horror nd terror. Your chest will collpse from the inside out from fear s you are cst into the Lke of fire...lest you repent. Anyone who mkes comedy of or mocks Jesus does so to their own peril
Satire offends only the weak-mnded
Those who are offended by this satire show just how weak in faith they are. If a funny bit of satire is enough to set you off spewing how an angry god is going to punish those who dare oppose his message you obviously need some help. The more vituperous the outrage over this skit the more fragile the faith for the alleged person of "faith." Satire threatens only the privileged and if you think your faith is above criticism you need to move to a theocratic nation like Iran where religious blasphemy is illegal. Here in the US we have Freedom of Speech which allows any proposed opinion, belief or philosophy to be debated in the open marketplace of ideas. If your faith cannot stand up to such scrutiny then you need to reexamine your faith rather than cast stones at those who dare have a sense of humor. Also check out just how violent this Jesus was in the NT. In Matthew we find that families will be torn apart because of Jesus (this is one of the few "prophecies" in the Bible that has actually come true). "Brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death." 10:21 Jesus says that he has come to destroy families by making family members hate each other. He has "come not to send peace, but a sword." 10:34-36. There are a plethora of Christians who love to advocate the hellfire and brimstone found in the Bible rather than embracing the Jesus as the Prince of Peace interpretation of this mythical figure. Hell is reserved for those who believe in such things. This was excellent satire by SNL and we should be very pleased that the freedom to be critical of religion, political figures, powerful interests, etc., is alive and well under our secular Constitution and Bill of Rights. We should fear the day when such satire is forbidden because it offends the religious sensibilities of those with a faith-based worldview. That is the day we would cease being a Constitutional Republic with freedom and justice for all and slide into being a theocracy where religious tyranny rules like we see in Iran. So thank you SNL for showing us the beauty of our freedom.
So many Christians deplore Islam out of fear... now they rush to mimic the intolerance of Muslim fanatics. Jesus isn't off limits because Christians in American haven't been as psycho as suicide bombers expecting a hoard of virgins in the afterlife. You want to become the next martyr, go ahead. My understanding of Jesus' principles makes you a hypocrite. The skit was funny, loosen up and be thankful you're not living in some oppressive Islamic country. Do you strive for a day where your wife and daughters can't leave the house without their head covered?