“DJesus Uncrossed” may have crossed the line, with some calling it the single most offensive skit in “Saturday Night Live” history.
The skit spoofs Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained” with a mock trailer for the ultimate historical revenge fantasy starring “Jesus H. Christ” himself. If that’s not enough, the skit arrives during Lent, one of the most solemn periods in the Christian calendar.
“Guess who’s back,” Jesus says as he rolls back a giant boulder and emerges into the sunlight in the skit.
What follows is two minutes of bloody action as Jesus — clad in a tunic, sandals, a crown of thorns and a cross strapped to his back — uses a sword and guns to plow through his enemies.
Says the voice-over: “He’s risen from the dead … and he’s preaching anything but forgiveness.”
What do you think? Does the skit go too far? Is this the most blasphemous skit in “SNL” history? Tell us what you think in the comments section below.
Jesus is played in the “SNL” skit by Christoph Waltz, who is nominated for a best supporting actor Oscar for “Django Unchained,” which is also nominated for best film of the year. Also making mock appearances in the skit, performers playing St. Peter, Pontius Pilate and Judas.
Although the “Saturday Night Live” skit was lauded as “brilliant” and “hilarious” by some, it has sparked outrage in some quarters. Some noted that the skit came just days after the beginning of Lent, the 40-day period of sacrifice and introspection that leads up to the single most important religious holiday on the Christian calendar: Easter.
One reaction on Twitter: “Saturday Night Live observes Lent with the most offensive sketch in its history: Djesus Uncrossed… How SNL Has Fallen”
The following comments were also posted on “SNL’s” website:
–“Seriously SNL? I am one of your biggest fans, but you really crossed the line with this. I am thoroughly disgusted…”
–“Interesting how SNL continues to mock Christ. As a Christian, I was highly offended. No doubt you would not dare to attack other faiths; Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, You can do better.”
–“This is just wrong. Once again, Christians are slammed. I find it ighly unfunny making fun of something that so many hold dear…”
The show recently spoofed devout Christian Tim Tebow with another skit in which a sweat-sock-wearing Jesus appeared inside the Denver Broncos’ locker room via a cloud and a heavenly shaft of light. His message to Tebow? Ease up on all the Jesus stuff.
Televangelist Pat Robertson ripped that skit as part of a wave of “anti-Christian bigotry that is just disgusting.”