'Jesus of the ANC' complaint dismissed

2012-11-09 12:02
Thinus Ferreira
Cape Town – The Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa (BCCSA) received several complaints over MultiChoice's Comedy Central (DStv channel 122) which broadcast a "Jesus of the ANC" skit portraying Jesus Christ as a thief, sent by God to Earth to steal a man's belongings.

The complaint was dismissed by the BCCSA on Friday.

Viewers, who believe that the Mdu Comics skit depicting a looting, robed Jesus with an ANC logo was blasphemous, complained. "This made me very uncomfortable seeing as it's not only disrespectful towards God, but also towards fellow Christians in South Africa," said one complainant.

Not intended to denigrate Jesus

MultiChoice told the BCCSA that "like many of Mdu Comics' clips, the 'Jesus of the ANC' clip is satirical in nature and puts a lighthearted spin on the current social and political issues or debates.

"We are of the opinion that there is nothing in the clip which meets the requirements of hate speech as described above."

MultiChoice said the clip is "satire which pokes fun at or critiques some practices of some Christians or South African politics."

"We however are aware that some members of the Christian community may find the clip disturbing and we therefore apologise to the complainant for any inconvenience or hurt caused."

The BCCSA judged that the clip was not intended to denigrate Jesus or hurt religious feelings and was directed at the ANC.

The BCCSA found that the clip was not hate speech based on religion and that a faith was not being attacked. The BCCSA said that the broadcasters' code of conduct does not make provision for findings against broadcasters on the basis of offensiveness.

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  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-11-09 12:19

    Mmmm...I bet if it was a "mohammed" thief there would be a different reaction!

      abra.kadaver.1 - 2012-11-09 12:54

      But it was only Jesus and not Mohammed the great Prophet or what ever he's called so no one really cares. Religion is all a bunch of money making rubbish any way, when I come into power I'm going to bring in a universal religion , based around rules that I think will make the world a better place, everyone who thinks like me will be happy and because they think like me none of us will care about the people who don't. I can't wait, it will be better than awesome.

      gerry.wakko - 2012-11-09 12:54

      Totally agree if it was Mohammed the prophet they would be burning SA embassy and screaming holy war!!

      Werewabbit - 2012-11-09 13:16

      Fortunately Christians are more tolerant of other peoples views, right? Secondly, the Bible speaks nothing on the topic of depicting Christ, nor would it as then all those crosses with Christ on them would have to go. The bad comes with the good.

      vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-11-09 13:34

      Typical christian reaction. Christians have watered down their religion to almost nothing. From the strict days of the old testament, where jehovah would kill people for so much as trying to save a falling ark, to today where people lounge at home, with a beer in hand and watch that arch-commercialist Ray Macauly and consider that 'going to church', christians seem to show less and less respect for their own religion. Then when others show anything resembling disrespect, they jump back onto their high horse and scream blue murder. They also choose to bring islam into play at every opportunity. That is nothing but jealousy people. You cannot stand the fact that your prophet is the subject of many sitcoms and theirs gets much fear and respect. Sad really.

  • brian.connell.18 - 2012-11-09 12:27

    I god takes offence, then let your god complain. You do not have the right to speak for other people. Get a life! It's called satire.

      brian.connell.18 - 2012-11-09 12:28

      Sorry .... If god takes offence......

      vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-11-09 13:39

      You have not as yet been smitten by a thunderbolt, so he seems to be pretty cool with it.

  • Bruning - 2012-11-09 12:32

    Anything which does not translate into overwhelming wholehearted support for dogmatist's self assigned right to enforce their dogma on others is claimed to be undermining their 'rights' and as blasphemous...

  • Brandon Ashley Bosman - 2012-11-09 12:33

    nobody make fun of God Son Jesus some people will regret it

      christiaan.vanderwesthuizen1958 - 2012-11-09 13:49

      Yea an if they really have some balls then they will try the same with Mohammed,yea im waiting to see the response,oh well i guess gonne wait long time Multichoice an the likes whos behind these kind o programs sure got no balls we know,Christians wont take revenge to strap on bombs an so they reckon Christians an Jesus Christ are soft targets!,but haha o boy,theres One GOD,an you definately dont wanne play with him or make jokes bout HIM!!

      juannepierre - 2012-11-09 15:27

      Oooooo, I'm shivering in my little space boots.

      Bruning - 2012-11-09 15:27

      Oh you would be strapping bombs to yourselves if you had the balls to do it. Ask Andre Breivik to teach you how.

  • Brandon Ashley Bosman - 2012-11-09 12:34

    nobody make fun of God Son Jesus some people will regret it

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-11-09 12:57

    Ohhh boy ....I can already see numerous 'mohammed' cartoons in the making...... the skit is actually hilarious, .....and the only thing that is a bit serious is that the ANC has not taken any offense to it. What we can however rejoice about is that the ruling by the BCCSA has actually put in place a president that put's all these religious nut-cases in their place, and that in future any cartoon portraying any kind of 'profit' is now open for individual artistic expatiation by any citizen of South Africa. One up for human liberties.

  • Frans Pienaar - 2012-11-09 13:01

    Jesus is my savior and died for everyone's sins that is my believe and people just don't realize what they are doing 2 themselves poking fun @ the Son of God! good luck to who ever it may be I am just privileged to know who my savior is.

      pierre.pinard.370 - 2012-11-09 16:04

      i agree Frans,and amen to that. "for they know not what they do. forgive them" Pine Pienaar, Swellendam.

  • Brandon Ashley Bosman - 2012-11-09 13:16

    abra no one will think like you really you a dumb ass

  • david.baker.sa - 2012-11-09 13:17

    So simple Our Constitution says Freedom of expression Everyone has the right to freedom of expression, which includes * freedom of the press and other media; freedom to receive or impart information or ideas; freedom of artistic creativity; and academic freedom and freedom of scientific research. The right in subsection (1) does not extend to * propaganda for war; incitement of imminent violence; or advocacy of hatred that is based on race, ethnicity, gender or religion, and that constitutes incitement to cause harm. So unless the cartoon advocates hatred of Christians then its OK. Criticising or lampooning a religion does not amount to hatred.

      david.baker.sa - 2012-11-09 16:28

      I am amused and interested by the thumbs down. 5 of them and not one reply? I was quoting the Constitution (cut & paste) plus my interpretation of it. Personally I would never make a video lampoonng a religion but I dont think it should be against the law to do so. Disagree if you want to but I would appreciate a reason.

  • PmaQDaddy - 2012-11-09 13:24

    if you are a christian you will not rubbish another religion. Jesus preached tolerance. Don't be too moved by such a trivial thing, you know the truth.

  • tebogo.makaneta - 2012-11-09 13:27

    Have people gone mad? Oh boy...

  • ryan.a.smith.3958 - 2012-11-09 13:34

    hilarious ... nice stab at the ANC

      andrea.ruiters.9 - 2012-11-09 15:41

      @ Ryan a smith."hilarious ... nice stab at the ANC" Atleast somebody gets it!!

      temp.cascade - 2012-11-09 16:52

      Amen...ppl are so humourless these days...Christians - PLEASE LIGHTEN UP, im pretty sure Jesus saw this clip and smiled to himself...for christs sake, I think even Jesus himself saw the funny side of this clip - I LOVED IT! ppl want to complain abt this...take a stand for the CORRUPTION in our country, this is just to make us laugh in our dire times!

  • liezl.haramis.7 - 2012-11-09 13:41

    What do we expect from this corrupt, lawless, Godless country...complaining to sheep in wolve's clothes is a waste of time!

      truthbetold221 - 2012-11-09 13:53

      Wolves in sheep's clothes :)

  • ron.lawrance - 2012-11-09 13:44

    I say just stop watching what offends you. My wife and I do. e.g. South Park etc.

      juannepierre - 2012-11-09 15:26

      I know what you mean, after one episode I was so offended that I stopped watching touched by an angel immediately.

  • magomarele - 2012-11-09 14:37

    This is very funny. I like it.

  • bles.deklerk - 2012-11-09 14:41

    Just a fulfilment of Scripture proving that the Bible is up to date.

  • andrea.ruiters.9 - 2012-11-09 15:38

    People can be so pea brained about the smallest things sometimes!As if they gna score brownie points from God!!Im a christian and my belief tells me that my God is bigger than that to take offence of cartoonist!!There are certain things to defend god by,infact it shldnt even be a fite cos its not even ur fite,if u know where u stand with God and where ur faith lies u wnt be that petty,let god deal with that!Come on now!

  • patsy.smith.125 - 2012-11-09 15:49

    You don't like something? SIMPLE! Switch it off....

  • gayil.vanwyk - 2012-11-09 16:41

    lets see if the DSTV management is now man enough to show a similar clip showing the prophet Mahammed in the same light.You will be too scared as you know the Muslim faith will create big problems for you.

  • phillip.mtshweni.39 - 2012-11-09 17:45

    What can 1 expect from ungodly government leading people astray for their own selfish ambitions. whatever one does one will have reap 1 day. pple cant just mock or blasphem our Jesus and get away with it

  • racardo.delfava - 2012-11-09 17:55

    the bible says god is not to be mocked,dont be deceived.whatever a man sows,that he will also reap.it may seem to be a joke now.but be careful bro,you are sowing.

      phillip.mtshweni.39 - 2012-11-09 18:21

      Please can we refer to Him as God and not god

  • phillip.mtshweni.39 - 2012-11-09 18:16

    The Devil himself has his very own followers no wonder this is juicy stuff in their eyes

  • russellblack.cowan - 2012-11-09 19:33

    Ah please man, people must just learn to have a sense of humour. This is so F###ing funny. Clearly people who find this offensive have never watched South Park in their lives. Its 10 times more offensive and I still think South Park is F***ing funny.

  • russellblack.cowan - 2012-11-09 19:34

    Technically they're not poking fun at Jesus. His name is "Jesus of the ANC" and is just taking after some members of the ANC>

      gertruida.comer - 2012-11-10 12:19

      Then why use the name Jesus, why not Sipho???????

      mbambo.shi - 2012-11-11 21:16

      Where in your bible it says, never refer to a human as Jesus??. If there's no such a script, I can even refer to Jackie Selebi as Police Jesus, Eugene Terreblache as Apartheid Jesus, Shabir Shaik as Corruption Jesus and so forth. What matters to you anyway, Jesus the king of Israel died long ago. I would comprehend if the Israelites were bombing Mdu's properties, for having associated their ancestor with corrupt ANC.

  • quintin.bezuidenhout - 2012-11-09 22:18

    I know a lot of people who are true believers in Christ, but they're watching trashy TV, listening to trash radio, and reading trashy magazines and novels. Whatever you put into your mind is inevitably going to come out in your behavior and your beliefs. It weakens you and it weakens your values because you've become accustomed to it. When things don't bother you any more that is a warning light that you've already passed the threshold. One of the ways Satan tries to get sin and deviant behavior acceptable is to get you to laugh at it. Once you've laughed, your barriers have lowered. If Satan can get you laughing at something that is wrong or sinful, you've already lost the battle. Sin is not funny. It put Jesus on the cross.

      temp.cascade - 2012-11-13 13:52

      yeah - well sin was created by god...as was everything else including satan, so he must deal with the consequences of his creations!

  • Frika6 - 2012-11-10 00:00

    Every knee shall bow, every toung shall confence. Including you rusellblack.cowan

  • ann.tyrrell.395 - 2012-11-10 12:06

    All religions should be off limits...respect should be shown to all. DSTV can surely use their 'GOD' given common sense. There are other things they could use for satire.

      gertruida.comer - 2012-11-10 12:24

      Do you think any of those people sitting on the panel to decide about these thing are Christians. I do not think so else they would not allow things like this to even be shown but I suppose money in their lives counts more than respecting other people. Just remember what you give out comes back to you. Their day will come. god will see to it!!

  • Pradika Woolfuth - 2012-11-10 18:22

    If there was an advert similar to this with the Prophet Muhammad or any hindu deity there would be international outcry over a lack of respect for Islam or Hindus. Why do comedians feel they have the right to poke fun at Christianity and the deity of Jesus? Christians should react to this kind of disrespect the way Muslims and Hindus react.

  • mbambo.shi - 2012-11-11 20:55

    Zuma once said, ''ANC will rule till Jesus comes back''. The commic aimed at giving citizens an overview, of how one day Jesus will come to South Africa, for his descendents, whom are everyday following his foot-steps 'stealing or looting (viz)'. As of Zuma and his Nkandla-Entry.

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