Actor-singer Pat Boone ripped Saturday Night Live over its recent anti-Christian fake movie trailer, “God is a Boob Man,”on Monday, pointing out that the program would never have the guts to air a similar skit lampooning Islam or Mohammad.
On Saturday, SNL aired a fake movie trailer parodying the recent faith-based film God’s Not Dead 2. In the trailer, small-town baker Beth refuses to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple; the gay couple promptly threatens to get their “Jewish lawyer” involved in the case, and want the baker to admit that “God is gay.” Beth goes to court in an attempt to “prove once and for all that God is straight.”
In a statement to the Hollywood Reporter on Monday, the 81-year-old God’s Not Dead 2 star said that Saturday Night Live would never have made similar jokes about Islam, for fear of a violent backlash.
“This skit was outright sacrilege,” Boone told the outlet. “They know if they did this to Muslims they’d have to be put into the witness protection program. There’s nothing sacred at SNL — except maybe the words ‘Mohammad’ or ‘Allah.’ They’d never take those names in vain, but when they called God a ‘boob man,’ they took his name in vain.”
Boone added that it is possible to skewer religion in funny ways, but SNL‘s fake movie trailer wasn’t one of them.
“God has a sense of humor. Why else would he invent the porcupine and the giraffe?” Boone told THR. “Something can be devilishly funny, but this skit is diabolical. God has only one real enemy — Satan. Satan ridicules faith, and they’re taking Satan’s side. They’re also ridiculing me and the film, telling impressionable young people not to see it because it’s ridiculous. Then they throw in that the lawyer is Jewish to make the Christian look even worse, but it’s just anti-Semitic.”
“As much as I’ve enjoyed SNL, they went over the line, and believers in God deserve an apology,” Boone added.
The first God’s Not Dead was a box office sleeper hit, grossing more than $60 million at the U.S. box office on a budget of just $2 million. The sequel, starring Boone and Melissa Joan Hart, has grossed just shy of $17 million since its release on April 1.
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