Tuesday, April 18, 2006

"Respecting" Mohammed While Selling Jesus

From CNS News:

As Christians around the world prepare for Easter, magazine readers in Germany were confronted this week by full-page advertisements depicting Jesus, wearing a crown of thorns but descended from the cross, enjoying a television program.

"Laughing rather than hanging around," (Lachen statt rumhaengen) reads the tagline of the ad, which has drawn strong protests in Germany, where two-thirds of the population identifies as Christian.

The ad promotes MTV's plan to broadcast a cartoon lampooning the pope and Vatican hierarchy. The series, Popetown, was considered too controversial to be aired in Britain, and it caused an uproar in the one country where it has appeared, New Zealand....

...."Banned from TV, damned by the church, and brought to you in devilishly uncensored form," runs the tagline on the Popetown website, promoting the program on DVD.

The series portrays the pope as an uncontrollable, infantile character who pogo-sticks around a Vatican populated by corrupt, money-grabbing cardinals.


So here we have the current guiding principle behind "satire," laid bare for all: It's okay to make fun of something sacred and holy if the people who believe in it don't pose a potentially deadly threat.

But, should the religious denomination in question be prone to acts of bewilderingly-savage violence, then "satire" isn't okay.

Have we all got that? Good. I'm glad to be of help. Of course, the possibility that continued mockery of Christianity may in fact create more violent fanaticism never crossed anyone's mind.


At 9:23 AM, Blogger Scott Roche said...

That makes me want to blow up MTV.

At 9:37 AM, Blogger codemorse said...

Which is my point.

MTV is the bloated suckling leech on the underbelly of "hip" culture.

Its irrelevance is apparent to anyone who doesn't actively work for the company, or who isn't 14 and/or an idiot.

At 9:47 AM, Blogger Scott Roche said...

Well to be brutally honest I've wanted to do that ever since they played the first George Michael video.

At 11:11 AM, Blogger Ben Miro said...

But, Scott, he only wanted your sex?!?!

MTV was only briefly "hip"...when it launched. Apart from a few noteworthy successes (launching Nirvana into the stratosphere and thus signaling the death knell of hair metal, for starters). It basically panders to it's market (young, tasteless suburbanites).

But, hey, MTV2...?

At 12:49 PM, Blogger Jabawacefti said...

Note on MTV2. When I lived in Rochester, I did not have cable, and received six stations. ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, Public Access, and, yes, MTV2. I still don't know why.

Meanwhile, if you like watching early 20 somethings get drunk and hook up while most are suffering from serious mental disorders, MTV is your place.

At 4:12 PM, Blogger Scott Roche said...

Yeah but thanks to him I can never have a discussion on faith without seeing his ass.


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