Michael Medved Among Those Protesting Planned Comedy Central 'JC' Series
June 3, 2010 at 2:46 PM (PT)
COMEDY CENTRAL's plan to air a show depicting JESUS CHRIST as wanting to "escape the shadow of his famous father and live life in NYC as a regular guy" is drawing the wrath of SALEM RADIO NETWORK host MICHAEL MEDVED, who is among the leaders of a group that plans to denounce the show and protest the network. The group has dubbed itself "CITIZENS AGAINST RELIGIOUS BIGOTRY."
MEDVED's partners in protest include some familiar names in the world of social conservative media criticism, including the MEDIA RESEARCH CENTER's BRENT BOZELL, the CATHOLIC LEAGUE's BILL DONOHUE, the PARENTS TELEVISION COUNCIL's TIM WINTER, FAMILY RESEARCH COUNCIL's TONY PERKINS, and Rabbi DANIEL LAPIN of the AMERICAN ALLIANCE OF CHRISTIANS AND JEWS. The group's complaint against what it calls "an abomination purported to be entertainment" will be featured in a conference call with reporters as well as on MEDVED's show TODAY (6/3).
The series, called "JC," is in development for next season but has not been produced or scheduled. The show is summarized by the network as portraying JESUS as "the ultimate fish out of water. Meanwhile his all-powerful yet apathetic father would rather be playing video games than listening to JC recount his life in the city. JC is a playful take on religion and society with a sprinkle of dumb."
MEDVED's group says, "Based on COMEDY CENTRAL's history of mocking Jesus on shows like SOUTH PARK, we have every reason to believe that the 'JC' show would take attacks against Christians to a new level."
TOM TRADUP, SRN VP of News and Talk Programming, said, "MICHAEL MEDVED's principled stand--along with other leading conservative groups--should make most Americans stand up and cheer. He isn't calling for a 'boycott' of COMEDY CENTRAL and he even suggested the series 'JC' might actually be funny. What troubles so many Americans is the clearly unfair double-standard that anti-Muslim humor is unacceptable but it apparently is open season on JESUS CHRIST in popular culture.
"If I want comedy, I usually turn to MSNBC. At least KEITH OLBERMANN and ED SCHULTZ don't go out of their way to intentionally offend Christians as their business model."