Saturday, December 24, 2011

Mockery of Christianity cut for once

ITV is a British commercial network. They obviously have some respect for their viewers -- something not to be expected from the BBC. No-one in TV would think of mocking Islam, of course, though the potential for mocking an insane pedophile is great
Australian comedian Tim Minchin has become embroiled in a Christmas controversy in the UK with a song that compares Jesus to Woody Allen. The UK-born but Perth-raised comic penned what he described as a "silly, harmless, and quite cute" tune, in which he compared Jesus to the Jewish actor and director.

The Jonathan Ross Show, which was recorded on Tuesday was due to be aired tonight (UK time). However, the song has now been cut from the show after it was sent to the ITV network's director of television Peter Fincham.

The decision has evoked a spirited reaction from the comic who has claimed ITV bosses are pandering to Christians who are "afraid of anything that challenges their beliefs".

At the start of the song, Minchin sings: "Jesus was a Jewish philosopher, had a lot of nice ideas, about our existential fears, much admired by his peers. "Short and Jewish and quite political, often hesitant and very analytical. Praise be to Jesus, praise be to Woody Allen Jesus."

Another example of lyrics from the song go: "Jesus died but then came back to life, or so the holy Bible said, kinda like in Dawn of the Dead, like a film by Simon Pegg, try that these days you'd be in trouble, geeks would try to smack you with a shovel."

Before going into the chorus: "Praise be to Jesus, praise be to magic, Woody Allen, Zombie, Jesus."

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11 comments:

Liz said...

Honestly, I get sick of insults to Christianity being ok and insults to islam being forbidden. Still.... in this case I just don't see it as an insult. It is just drawing silly parallels with no actual meaning. The zombie gag kind of made me laugh because I have often thought that if Jesus came back today he would have a tough row to hoe convincing people of who he was. I don't see this as him really saying Woody Allen is like Jesus. the fact that they are so disparate is what makes pointing out the commonalities funny.

Sadly, the BBC won't allow this bit of silliness, but you can bet if it was a skit portraying Christians as idiots, lunatics or Jesus as a perv they would allow it.

Anonymous said...

This is simply a talentless nobody doing whatever he can to get attention. Sort of like the Kardashian attention-whores.

BTW Liz, it's not just insults to Muslims which are taboo, but Jews as well.

Bird of Paradise said...

If those wank had mockd muhamed his days would be numbred

Anonymous said...

Even if it wasn't an insult to Christianity, it should have been cut because it wasn't very funny.

One of the Atheist Dudes Here said...

Peace on Earth and Goodwill Towards Men. Merry Christmas!

Kee Bird said...

I do beleive the late CHRIS HITCHENS was himself a big time atheist who like RICHARD DAWKINS was arrogant little snit about it all

Anonymous said...

Kee - Hitchens was an intellectual giant against your midget bird-brain!

Kee Bird said...

He wasnt that intellegent just like you ignorant and arogant

Anonymous said...

At least I can spell or use a dictionary!

Kee Bird said...

Annon 5:06 honor students couldnt read a dictionary

Anonymous said...

Point of order- Edgar Wright directed "Shaun Of The Dead" not Simon Pegg. Other than that I can't judge the artistic merits of the song without hearing it. Of course none of you can either. You can just have knee-jerk reactions to the content.

Oh, and Kee...if you know an honor student that can't read a dictionary I'm guessing he is most likely graduating from Short Buss High. I also guess they are related to you given your inability to form a reasoned argument to support any position you have ever put forth.