Is Minchin's Song Offensive?

Tim Minchin has had his Jonathan Ross Christmas Show song cut, by nervous ITV execs.  The song, which purports to compare Jesus to Woody Allen, because both are "Jewish" - was deemed religiously sensitive to Christians - but in fact, it seems apparently offensive on racist, grounds, instead.  The yoking together of Allen, and Jesus, simply because they share a cultural identity would be outrageous in any other context.  For instance, if I claimed that Mike Tyson and President Obama were actually one and the same because they were "both Black" you'd quickly sense this was not even comical, but simply ignorant, and offensive.  Christmas in the UK is a minefield - it brings out the Scrooges in great numbers - and seemingly gives them permission to throw snowballs with razor blades in them - at all God's children.  Get it over it, and grow up - religion is a holy time for people, and if you cannot share in the joy, then at least don't set out to spoil it for others.

Comments

ES said…
I don't know if you had actually seen the song when you posted this, but it isn't quite the racist landmine you make it out to be. And the Woody Allen/Jesus comparison is not just because they are both Jewish, but also 'short, hesitant, and philosophical'.

Anyway, just have a look at it. It's not Minchin's best song but it is rather sweet: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SFdUJLebzU&feature=youtu.be