As we recently reported, the show “Black Jesus” has shown up again in reruns on Cartoon Network’s late-night “Adult Swim” programming, reviving debate into the show’s offensive content. That hasn’t stopped companies including Nike, HTC, Kraft, and Experian from advertising on the show, however.
“Black Jesus” was created by Aaron McGruder (“The Boondocks”) and Mike Clattenburg, and tells the story of a black guy in Compton who claims to be Jesus. However, this Jesus drops F-bombs with regularity, including an angry outburst in which he exclaims “You do know I died for your m***** f******* sins.” He also tries to grow weed in a community garden. When it fails to grow, however, it causes other vegetables in the garden to get people high. Jesus then tells people the vegetables are infused with “God’s love.” During a prayer, Jesus uses foul language while someone drops the N-word.
Most of the show’s storylines involve black stereotypes that most people would find offensive, that portray nearly every character as morally deficient. In a recent episode, one character tried to avoid being arrested for not paying child support, and another character (a mother) pulls off her wig and gets into a knock-down fight in front of her kids. Most of the main characters, including Jesus, curse constantly, use the N-word, and smoke weed.
Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim is broadcasting “Black Jesus” reruns in anticipation of the new season beginning later this fall. A number of new advertisers have signed on, and are listed below, along with ways to provide feedback over their support of the show.
Advertisers for the August 7 episode:
ABC Family (Advertising the show “Kevin from Work”): Click here to leave feedback on ABC Family’s Facebook page.
Nike (Advertising Air Jordans with Blake Griffin): Click here to leave feedback on Nike’s Facebook page.
Onexton (Acne Medicine): Not only does this product advertise on “Black Jesus,” it says one of its side effects could include severe bloody diarrhea. You can send them an email through their website by clicking right here.
Blumhouse Productions (promoting the movie Sinister 2): Click here to leave feedback on Blumhouse Productions’ Facebook page. Click here to leave feedback on the Sinister 2 Facebook page.
Lionsgate (Promoting the movie American Ultra): Click here to leave feedback on the Lionsgate Facebook page.
Carl’s Jr./Hardee’s: Click here to send feedback on Carl’s Jr.’s advertising through their website. Click here to leave feedback on the Carl’s Jr. Facebook page. Click here to send feedback on Hardee’s advertising through their website. Click here to leave feedback on the Hardee’s Facebook page.
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft: Click here to leave feedback on the Hearthstone Facebook page.
20th Century Fox Pictures (promoting the films “Fantastic Four” and “Agent 47”): Click here to leave feedback on the Fox Movies Facebook page.
Advertisers for the August 14 episode:
Universal Studios (promoting the film “Straight Outta Compton”): Click here to leave feedback on the Universal Studios Facebook page.
Apartments.com: Click here to leave feedback on the Apartments.com Facebook page.
20th Century Fox Pictures (promoting the film “Agent 47”): See the Fox Movies Facebook link above to leave feedback.
Carl’s Jr/Hardee’s: See the Carl’s/Hardees Facebook links above to leave feedback.
The Weinstein Company (promoting the film “No Escape”): Click here to leave feedback on the Weinstein Company Facebook page (use the private message option). Click here to leave feedback on the “No Escape” Facebook page.