“Every time I do something good, y’all don’t wanna hear it.”
I will be honest with you. I am still on the fence with Black Jesus. Part of it is, yeah I am a Christian so I do have a certain mind-set of whom and what Jesus Christ is about. However, when you have watched enough South, Park, Family Guy and other parodies of the Son of God, it would almost be wrong to condemn this show without watching it. As a matter of fact, if you are offended by the very idea of Black Jesus but didn’t get offended by Family Guy’s portrayal in the episode, “I Dream of Jesus” you need to check Matthew 23:3.
The premise is this; Jesus is a stoner slacker living in Compton. He is just a regular dude living off of his reputation from over 2000 years ago. And just like then as in now, he encounters his fair share of non-believers but also teaches his posse and tries to set them straight.
The big issue is this; it’s sometimes difficult to distinguish whether or not Jesus is believable in this portrayal because although he is treated as an equal among his core peers, they never question that he is indeed Jesus…or some random guy with a good game. The weird part is really when you consider it; whichever you believe in is not much different as people take Jesus for granted today. The periphery characters however of course, don’t know nor care who Jesus is but nearly everyone is waiting for a miracle.
Jesus’ miracle will be finding a plot of land to create a community garden to feed the masses (as well as hide his weed) while trying to instill faith in the faithless and to show others that God helps those (a reoccurring theme throughout) who help themselves and not wait on miracles. As a matter of fact, this point is made at the top of the show when Lloyd (played by John Whiterspoon) gets into an argument with Jesus about why he won’t just give him the winning lottery numbers. Another good point is how Black Jesus pointed out to one of his followers how the relationship he is in can’t get no better than what he has, considering the fact that she is gainfully employed and he isn’t.
As always, Aaron, McGruder takes contemporary subjects such as faith and poverty and makes it something to talk about and it’s no different here. As you watch the show and see some of the blatant racial stereotypes, socio-economic issues that many of us face today and how they all tie in with each other as we struggle to find faith in a nearly faith-less society, we are reminded why The Boondocks was such a brilliant concept years ago.
So, what didn’t I like about it? The excessive language detracted a bit from the overall show. I understand that it’s on Adult Swim and thus the 11pm time slot but I always felt that just because you CAN do a certain thing that you SHOULD do it so just in my opinion the language was a bit heavy handed…just like Boondocks.
As always, you may struggle to understand what Jesus’ purpose is in this show and it may be in a similar vein as to how those struggled to understand his purpose 2000 years ago until he was gone.
3 out of 5 stars