Australia’s national watchdog, Ad Standards, is reportedly considering banning a ‘Monty Pythonesque’ TV ad featuring Jesus after it received a number of complaints.
Both Christians and Muslims are said to be upset by the ad, created by organ donation group Dying To Live. Among those who slammed the ad was Islamic community figure Keysar Trad.
Trad complained that it:
Showed irreverence towards venerated figures.
Two Roman soldiers with Australian accents ask the crucified Jesus if he would like to donate his organs. When Jesus replied that he would, the Roman soldiers ask him to go online to register as an organ donor and then take a selfie with him.
According to this report, the two-and-a-half minute-long ad prompted dozens of comments on Facebook, including one from Aimee Redding who said:
I am not easily offended but I was deeply offended and saddened by this ad. I believe it should be removed and an apology issued.
Lynette Shryane said:
One day every knee will bow and tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. It won’t be such a joke then. Very poor taste.
Excellent ad, actually. I love the line delivery, editing and way it’s been filmed. The fact that it’s going to tick off humourless fundies while gaining attention for a good cause is the cherry on top.
The film’s director, Richard Bullock. said:
I wanted to deliberately provoke a conversation in homes around the subject. I thought it would be amusing and relevant to find that the nicest and kindest man who ever lived – Jesus, wasn’t aware that his organ donor status was no longer on his licence. Once I started writing I realised that the complexity of the Australian Organ donation could be explained.
In the end Jesus donating his organs is exactly what I think Jesus WOULD do.
Meanwhile, Michael Stead, the Anglican Bishop of South Sydney, said that some viewers:
Might be offended by the Monty Pythonesque humour but it uses the self-sacrificial example of Jesus to communicate an important message.