The Christmas Jesus Song Brit TV Banned (Video)

“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!

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SeattleAnn S.
Ann S6 years ago

Hilarious. I enjoyed it. Went for leaning no instead of full no in the poll, b/c I know religious people are pretty sensitive and look for ways to be offended.

Sarah W.
Sarah H6 years ago

Tim Minchin is a legend, please listen to his song 'Perfect'. An artist who pushes people to think instead of just spewing the commercially accepted crap. He is talented and remarkably intelligent, I am a huge fan!!! There is far more offensive material in the 'top 10' so lets keep it in perspective!

Vernon C.
.6 years ago

Therein lies the difference between religion & spirituality. Tho I align myself with christianity as I believe it to be closest to God, I consider myself spiritual rather than religious.

Barbara D.
Barbara D6 years ago

Sigh. Real Christianity is about a Person, not the Church and its complications. No wonder Minchin is so confused. Check out "Mere Christianity" by C.S. Lewis, a fellow Brit.

Vernon C.
.6 years ago


Remember the oil spill that turned the seas black? And I ask, how many of you know of young people just walking around & dropping dead for no apparent reason or just not waking up at all? Happening all over the world but not making the media. Then what about the crashing of the world economies bringing famine to the land. You didnt think that famine in the 20th century meant that all the crops will dry up, did you? How long has it been going on now. Is famine not usually for 7 years? How about the wars & rumors of wars, & the earthquakes & natural disasters?

Now 2012 is approaching. A very crucial year. Look out for more of these signs & learn how to read them.

Vernon C.
.6 years ago

Actually, as a believer in Christ I welcome the attacks. It proves that Christianity is real. Note that noone attacks Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, or any of the other religions. Why is that? Because they are not potent & poses no threat at all to satan. But from the inception of Christ, satan has been at him & it is still happening. Hey, they even killed Jesus so why should some clown singing idiocy be even worth the time of the day. Christianity is THE real & true religion & christians must understand that there will be a continual onslaught of hate against it. This is very nothing compared to what is going to come. Dont forget the antichrist is yet to come & also the mark of the beast & the tribulation. Already we can see the age of the antichrist being ushered in by his precursers, the atheists.

For as I said atheists are not really anti-religion or anti-god, for they never attack other religions or other gods. Atheists only attack the christian God and Christ which makes them...anti-christian.

So you all see the role that atheists are playing in this game. They are actually the unwitting pawns of satan being used to corrupt the world & make it ready for the coming of the antichrist.

It is just amazing how the prophesies in the Bible play out. We have the rising of the atheists (anti-christians). Now, remember the beginning of 2011 when those multitudes of fishes were dying & the birds were falling form the skies? Remember the oil s

Ernie Miller
william Miller6 years ago

I liked the one about the Quees performance better.

Beth S.
Beth S6 years ago

Thanks, Tommy S., for that information:

"companions of the Prophet Muhammad would bless themselves by drinking his urine "This blessing," Al-Gum'a added, "[can also] be done with the honorable saliva, sweat, hair, urine or blood of the Prophet."

The more I find out about Islam, the more bizarre it gets. Very frightening when you think that there are 1.6 Billion Muslims who are signed on to this stuff.

There is much Islamic derision of Jesus's followers who symbolically drank his blood (wine) and ate his body (bread, wafer), but Muhammad took it to a whole new (and lower) level with his followers drinking his sweat and urine. I guess his poop was probably a bit much to ask.

Maybe Minchin could do a cute little song about that, and see how long it takes for him to be murdered by outraged Mohmmedans (who don't need much to send them into a bloody frenzy).

Bob Algeron
Bob Algeron6 years ago

Guys, let's live in peace.

bob m.
bob m6 years ago

What is extreme about Jesus IS that He went to the death and suffered our penalty on a tree for this man and you and I.
In fact it goes incomprehensbly above the comprehension or pride of man ... yet ..there He was on the cross.
Amazing Grace comes close... but words fail as I have known to express the understanding of what He ...the Lamb of God has done for us.
I beheld Him as a Great Light in the midst of a multitude dressed in white who praised Him...and I KNEW that this Gift of God could never be improved upon...nor was it aught but a gift and I wept the tears from deep within of one beyond astonisment at the GIFT and why anyone would do such as He did for me. And I wept from the bowl of the tears of a thanksgiving above that of my natural understanding ; for He is the SUM of Gods' mind and Heart usward...
He is altogether LOVELY and worthy of praise... for He even inhabits His PRAISES.
THank you Jesus for going out of your way and laying down all for one such as I lost and dying in darkness long ago. Thank you that I can sing this little song for YOU today.