God the Father, God the Son, and God the…Cartoon?
On Comedy Central, Jesus Christ is a regularly occurring supporting character on the hit program “South Park.” However, Jesus the cartoon seems to have a bigger destiny in store, as it was recently proposed by Comedy Central in a discussion of their programming plans for the upcoming year that the network currently is in the process of developing a half hour cartoon called “JC.” The program, of course, would star none other than an animated representation of Jesus Christ himself.
CNN blogger provides a brief description of the possible cartoon:
“The series would be about “JC (Jesus Christ) wanting to escape his father’s enormous shadow and to live life in NYC as a regular guy. A lot has changed in 2000 years and he is the ultimate fish out of water,” according to a press release. “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.”
While not a fan of a lot of Comedy Central programs (I actually can’t stand South Park and don’t really find the humor in it all that appealing), I think that “JC” could work, and be, well…funny. My dad and I, who basically share similar senses of humor, have long been satirizing religious and historical figures and events, so “JC” sounds right up our ally.
Are audiences ready for a cartoon dealing primarily with a religious figure? It’s anyone’s guess. About a month ago, an episode of South Park containing a storyline involving the Prophet Muhammed angered select Muslim viewers who issued an ultimatum upon seeing the episode–that the show’s creators could “face violence” for depicting a cartoon version of Muhammed. If “JC,” reaches the final stages of development and ultimately does air on Comedy Central, it’ll be interesting to see how the most conservative of Christians react.
Let’s pray for a miracle. (Are you listening, JC?)