It was only last month that the folks at Comedy Central caved into Muslim extremist threats for an episode of "South Park." Now they have announced a new schedule which will depict Jesus Christ in comedic form.
One of the network's 22 projects in the pipeline includes "JC," a half-hour show about Jesus Christ wanting to escape the shadow of his "powerful but apathetic father" and live a regular life in New York, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
"In general, comedy in its purest form always makes some people uncomfortable," said Comedy Central head of original programming Kent Alterman.
These would be very true and noble words if it hadn't been said directly in the shadow of Comedy Central's dramatic capitulation to the last group of people they made uncomfortable -- that time they went from funny to panic. The network aired out all references to the prophet Mohammad in a recent "South Park" episode that featured the holy figure dressed in a bear costume.
But Jesus Christ can walk the streets of New York complaining about his father?
It's true a Muslim extremist group sent some disturbing images and threatening letters to cause the "South Park" collapse. And it's one thing to cave in and make some changes to that program as a result of the letters. But to simply move onto the next religious community on the next beat strikes a strange chord and makes the extremists victory in achieving their goals all the greater.
And that's not funny.