A coalition of religious and conservative leaders is trying to stop “JC,” a proposed Comedy Central cartoon show about Jesus Christ, before it even gets started.
The newly formed Citizens Against Religious Bigotry on Thursday accused Comedy Central of a double standard in mocking Christian figures and beliefs while recently refusing to let “South Park” depict the Prophet Muhammad for fear of offending Muslims.
Comedy Central said last month that “JC” is one of two dozen series it has in development. The concept is to depict Christ as a “regular guy” who moves to New York to “escape his father’s enormous shadow.”
Network spokesman Tony Fox noted that “JC” is nothing more than an idea now, without even a completed script. In television, only a minority of projects in development ever make it on the air.
The coalition includes the watchdog Media Research Center, Catholic League, Parents Television Council and talk show host Michael Medved.
It says it has written to 250 Comedy Central advertisers and already had 93,000 signatures on petitions of protest.
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