“Jesus’s mother gave birth to him without having sex with a dude, no she would never be that rude, never even been nude with a dude.”
“Breeding without the opposite gender is commonly known as parthenogenesis; other animals that don’t need males include a lot of lizards and various snails.”
So sang the very popular Aussie singing satirist Tim Minchin about Jesus for the Christmas special of top British talk show host Jonathan Ross.
All too much for Peter Fincham, ITV’s director of television — he banned the song. But Minchin is having the last laugh, posting the song onto Youtube.
It’s unclear who is offended (except the tabloid Daily Mail, who can’t resist having a dig at Ross). Lutheran Church of Australia Reverend Mike Semmler told The Australian that a comedian making jokes about Jesus meant he was considered a serious subject worthy of a laugh.
“Part of the Christmas message is that Jesus becomes human and if people are trying to relate him to other human beings, while it may not be terribly uplifting for the church, he was after all really human,” Reverend Semmler said.
“Political correctness points to our inability to change people inside. It curbs what people do and makes people frightened to say things as they are.”
Though the Daily Telegraph’s James Delingpole ranted about Minchin NOT singing about our dear lord Muhammad.
Prepare to be offended …
Here’s Tim’s “whiny little rant about it” on his blog.
He says the ITV boss was scared of the right-wing press and of the “small minority of Brits who believe they have a right to go through life protected from anything that challenges them in any way.”
Want to complain? Sorry, you can’t email ITV, but you can always phone them; “Calls cost 5p per minute from a BT landline…”
It seems that someone hasn’t learned from past experience of banning songs. Whether it’s the Sex Pistols or Madonna, even more interest is generated every time and the same is now true of Minchin’s song.
After all, you’ve now heard of Minchin if you hadn’t before!
Image, screengrab of video.