Catholic priest launches fiery attack on The Project after it aired lewd joke about Jesus: ‘Worst show on television’
- Father Brendan from Sydney unleashed himself at The Project
- He used his service to say it promoted “hate speech.”
- His anger was in response to an on air joke about Jesus
A Catholic priest has unloaded on The Project, calling it “the worst show on television” as outrage grows over a comedian’s lewd joke about Jesus on the show.
Father Brendan Lee focused on the Channel Ten program during Sunday Mass at his Sydney church.
He told the council that the current affairs show was “full of taint” and conveyed “hate speech and bigotry.”
“It’s a show that preaches diversity and tolerance, but itself has no tolerance for different religions and people of faith,” he said.
“It doesn’t do what it preaches.”
Father Lee felt the joke was an attack on Christianity and a slippery slope for normalizing religious discrimination.
“It was just so insulting,” he said news.com.au.
“Jesus Christ is the Son of God. You cannot mock anything more sacred. He is our everything. To beat Jesus Christ is to beat Christianity.’
“These things are escalating and if Christians don’t push back, it will only get worse,” he added.
A Sydney priest has let loose on The Project amid the outcry caused by the program when a joke about Jesus by gay comedian and comedian Reuben Kaye (pictured left) aired
The left-wing current affairs program has come under fire after gay comedian and comedian Reuben Kaye joked on Tuesday’s show that he admired Jesus Christ because “I love any man who can get nailed three days in a row and come back for more.”
The seemingly impromptu joke failed the panelists, with Sarah Harris laughing in response while Waleed Aly seemed slightly shocked.
However, backlash from Muslims and Christians was swift and relentless, prompting Aly and Harris to apologize on air as religious groups staged protests outside Channel 10’s headquarters.
Former panelist Em Rusciano claimed the gag was “script-approved” by the show’s producers – despite the hosts saying it was not scripted and a “live TV” blunder.
Rusciano tweeted last Thursday that she finds it “hard to believe” the offending gag was not green-lit by producers given her experience with the program, which she says features “very little” improvisation and the live segments are carefully written.
Father Brendan Lee (pictured) addressed the program as he delivered his homily at Sunday Mass at his Sydney church
Kaye’s prank, which The Project claims was a ‘live TV blunder’, left current affairs show panelists down
The Australian Communications and Media Authority has received hundreds of complaints from the public following the lewd prank.
A significant number of viewers have expressed their grievances to the ACMA in the wake of the controversy.
In a statement to Daily Mail Australia on Friday, the media watchdog confirmed: ‘The ACMA has received 203 inquiries regarding an episode of The Project airing on Tuesday, February 28, 2023 featuring comedian Reuben Kaye.
Under the co-regulatory system for broadcasters, complainants are initially referred to the broadcaster.
“If a complainant does not receive a response from the broadcaster within 60 days, or is not satisfied with the response they receive, they may submit their complaint to the ACMA for consideration.”