The warped witness of Djesus Uncrossed

Josh Larsen

I usually turn to Stephen Colbert for religious-themed satire, but this weekend Saturday Night Live offered a doozy worthy of The Colbert Report. “Djesus Uncrossed” is a fake trailer for a Quentin Tarantino-inspired revenge fantasy in which Jesus rises from the grave to enact bloody vengeance on the Romans. (Be forewarned that the gore in the video is outrageously over-the-top.)

Billed as “the ultimate historical revenge fantasy” and featuring Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained star Christoph Waltz as Christ Himself, the skit is as much an indictment of the limited vision of Tarantino’s films as anything else. In fact, the booming narrator tacitly admits that such a movie would be a reversal of the very heart of the Gospel: “He’s risen from the dead, and He’s preaching anything but forgiveness.”

What do you say: is this sacrilege or a warped form of witness?



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