Sorbo Goes Full-On Mel Gibson

Kevin Sorbo’s tour of the right wing fever swamps to promote the release of the DVD of God’s Not Dead has been one embarrassing and appalling statement after another. Now it appears he’s going full Mel Gibson, saying first that the Jews killed Christ and now saying that Christian movies don’t get made in Hollywood because it’s controlled by Jews.

The former star of TV’s “Hercules” series discussed the movie business, in general, and religious-themed movies, in particular, with conservative Christian broadcaster Peter Heck.

“You always hear that the language of Hollywood is money, and yet there’s something that doesn’t compute, and that’s one of the reasons I wanted to talk to you because, man, you’ve hammered home this idea of an agenda that’s out there,” Heck said…

“I sort of understand how they never want to deal with the New Testament in Hollywood, because it’s pretty much, you know, run by the world of the, um, Jewish population,” Sorbo said, chuckling. “At the same time, at least get someone that has, you know, believes that the potential is there, that it could be a real story.”

At least he didn’t call the interviewer “sugar tits.”

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  • http://Reallyawakeguy.blogspot.com somnus

    Or it could have something to do with the fact that you have two choices with the Jesus story. 1) Tell it exactly the way mainstream Christians know it, which has been done already and usually turn out to be an artistic snoozefest. Or 2) do something new and artistic with it, and watch Christians go apeshit because it’s “blasphemy.”

  • Pierce R. Butler

    He sounds too sober for a “full” Mel Gibson…

  • sugarfrosted

    @2 I’d rate this .95 on the Mel Gibson scale at least.

    @1 My mom’s fundamentalist Christian wife thinks Jesus Christ Superstar was blasphemous, but that’s one of the few “Jesus” movies that are enjoyable.

  • John Pieret

    I sort of understand how they never want to deal with the New Testament in Hollywood, because it’s pretty much, you know, run by the world of the, um, Jewish population

    Here are some of the big budget Hollywood films from the old studio days when the heads of most of them were Jewish: The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965), King of Kings (1961), Ben-Hur (1959), Quo Vadis? (1951), The Robe (1953), The Silver Chalice (1954) …

    Maybe it’s not “their” prejudice but your product.

  • bushrat

    @3 Wait a minute. Your mom has a Fundamentalist Christian wife that thinks Jesus Christ Superstar is blasphemous? I’m not sure whether to applaud her for bucking the Christian bigotry and embracing her homosexuality or calling her an idiot for then thinking J.C.S. was blasphemous.

  • cafeeineaddicted

    @1 You missed another possibility: Tell the story the way a specific Christian sect wants it and have the rest of the sects go apeshit about blasphemy.

    I expect that making an interpretation that’s both somehow faithful to the text and is not blasphemous to a large contingent of Christianity is quite difficult. God’s Not Dead dodged that bullet by focusing on how evil the atheists are rather than go in to the minutiae of the faith.

  • cafeeineaddicted

    This is arguably worse than Gibson, who was basically drunkenly spouting his inner thoughts.

    Sorbo is just acting as if “Those Hollywood-controling Jews blackball NT movies” is a perfectly fine, non-bigoted thing to say.

  • RickR

    My mom’s fundamentalist Christian wife

    *head assplodes*

  • raven

    and now saying that Christian movies don’t get made in Hollywood because it’s controlled by Jews.

    1. Cthulhu, this guy is dumb. In reality, Hollywood is controlled by…money. It’s a business. They exist to make money for themselves and their investors. That capitalism thing.

    2. Sorbo has just insulted his potential employers. Whether they are Jewish or not. This typecasts him as a dimwitted bigot and a xian. Althought dimwitted, bigot and xian are almost tautologies.

    3. I suppose he will go Kirk Cameron and make low budget xian propaganda films for the rest of his life. It probably doesn’t pay well but probably pays the bills anyway.

  • cafeeineaddicted

    @9 If you check his imdb page, that’s what he did.

  • corporal klinger

    While reading the post, the tune of this old song (sorry, I don’t remember the artist) crossed my mind:

    “…. la,la,hm,hm… the things you do for love…” (10CC ???) and I immediately replaced the line with “… the things I do for cash…”

  • busterggi

    At least Gibson got some decent films in before he lost it. I guess Sorbo is left with Christian films & Troma.

  • tbp1

    Is this guy actually trying to make himself unemployable? It sure looks that way.

  • eric

    Yeah, those damnable Jews! Why couldn’t they let the poor Christians put out Christian material. Instead they had to pump out all that Hannukah material, such as White Christmas, Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree, A Holly Jolly Christmas, Silver and Gold, Run Rudolph Run, Let it Snow, Silver Bells, and many other dastardly Jewish songs.

    *For the record, that’s Irving Berlin, Johnny Marks x5, Jule Stein and Sammy Cahn, and finally Jay Livingston and Ray Evans.

  • geocatherder

    So much for my fun memories of Andromeda.

  • http://timgueguen.blogspot.com timgueguen

    This 10cc song might be more appropriate for this thread. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7dgRxpx6XY

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    The 1950s called. They want their anti-semitism back.

  • birgerjohansson

    “I guess Sorbo is left with Christian films & Troma.”

    Do not insult Troma!

    “The Killer Condom” was pretty good.

  • Electric Shaman

    Speaking of Gibson, does “The Passion of the Christ” not count as a Hollywood movie? Because that movie was massive and pretty anti-Semitic to boot.

  • dingojack

    timgueguen (#16) – yes very appropriate.

    Dingo

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=523300770 stuartsmith

    Christians going apeshit is frankly such an awesome source of free publicity that I’m shocked more movies don’t set out to annoy them.

  • greg1466

    Or maybe they don’t make a lot of movies based on the New Testament (yeah, right) because as the fantasy genre goes, they’re pretty lame.

  • https://www.facebook.com/jackbishop Jake Wildstrom

    For the record, that’s Irving Berlin, Johnny Marks x5, Jule Stein and Sammy Cahn, and finally Jay Livingston and Ray Evans.

    If you’re the sort of Christian who believes that excess commercialization and secularization is what’s killing Christmas, than I suppose there’s a pretty good argument that the Jews are in fact destroying Christmas. Well, actually, one specific Jew: Irving Berlin (who also took a short break to kill Easter). However, I doubt he was nearly as motivated by nefarious anti-Christian sentiment as by a keen sense of what Christian America actually wanted.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cosmicaug augustpamplona

    cafeeineaddicted wrote:

    @9 If you check his imdb page, that’s what he did.

    What do you mean? I have no idea what the future will bring and he may be making himself unemployable but looking in IMDB I see no less than two dozen films for 2014 alone of which only God’s Not Dead jumps out as a “low budget xian propaganda films”.

  • cafeeineaddicted

    @24

    To tell you the truth, I just looked at the names of the films and they seemed obvious, but you’re right, that’s not enough. So I did some research:

    (the numbering is arbitrary, starting from and including GND)

    1. The UnMiracle (2014)

    According to the film’s FB page:

    A town struggles to put itself back together after the drug overdose of the most popular girl in school, in this faith oriented ensemble piece of interweaving storylines exploring the values of Christian faith.

    2. Forgiven (2014) is described ‘a faith-based action drama’

    3. Hope Bridge (2014) is made by Rebel Pilgrim Productions, who makes “faith-based films”.

    4. ‘Confessions of a Prodigal Son’ (2014) is according to its FB page a ‘modern retelling of the Prodigal Son story’

    5. ‘One more Round (2014) describes itself as a faith-based drama on Facebook.

    6. Gallows’ Road (2014) has this description on FB: Gallows Road is a story of choices. An evil act takes the lives of a man’s wife and children. Despaired he retreats to isolation. He is done with God and men. Two children discover him and their friendship begins to penetrate is soul. Can he rise above the ashes and learn to forgive or will he seek revenge? Ask and ye shall receive… seek and ye shall find.

    7. Revelation Road is apparently a rapture porn series, in the vein of Left Behind.

    8. ‘Let the Lion Roar’ describes itself as a documentary where Sorbo plays Calvin.

    9. God’s Not Dead.

    So nearly half of his (23) credits from “God’s not Dead” on are for faith-based films, a kickstarter-based fantasy trilogy that actually looks promising, and the rest seem to be regular fare, It seems that some of these are older work whose production has been pushed back.

  • lordshipmayhem

    Why whenever I see the title God’s Not Dead, I read that as God’s Just Pinin’ for the Fjords?

  • http://www.facebook.com/cosmicaug augustpamplona

    @25:

    You would seem to be right.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cosmicaug augustpamplona

    lordshipmayhem writes:

    Why whenever I see the title God’s Not Dead, I read that as God’s Just Pinin’ for the Fjords?

    Funny, I got a different Python reference in my head.

  • dingojack

    lordshipmayhem (#26) – Nah, that’s not God — that’s Slartibartfast.

    :) Dingo