A TV ad has been pulled in South Africa after outrage from Christians. It’s a pretty silly, harmless and not overly original cartoon ad for an energy drink, and it depicts Jesus getting out of a fishing boat and walking away on water after being bored :
I don’t get it. This is exactly what Christians are trying to make us believe, that their hero walked on water. And now they’re upset when someone actually depicts him doing just that ?
The advert depicts a cartoon “Jesus” in a boat with two disciples. He proclaims he is bored and steps out of the boat and walks on the water.
A disciple asks whether he is able to do so because he has drunk Red Bull, which “gives you wings”, or because it is a miracle.
“It’s no miracle, you just have to know where the stepping stones are,” Jesus replies.
Then Jesus nearly slips on a stone and says, “Jesus!”.
Seems to me that the ad is doing exactly what it was meant to do. Sell sugared caffeine drinks. Christians are so predictable, it makes it easy for advertisers to stir them a little. The South African Christians are no strangers to fatwa envy either :
“Red Bull wouldn’t dream of mocking religious figures of other religions. Christianity and Jesus in particular are singled out for mockery by secular humanists and other anti-Christian bigots.
“FPI is launching a nationwide boycott of Red Bull products in response to this blasphemous attack on the Lord Jesus Christ.”
I’m sure the Lord Jebus Christ, if he can walk on water, will be able to cope with a TV cartoon. If only he protected us all from his overzealous followers.