Why would actor Jamie Foxx startle the Soul Train Music Award audience over the Thanksgiving weekend by urging them to “first of all, give an honor to God — and our Lord and Savior, Barack Obama!”
Why would a stand-up comedian commit what until recently over the last 2,000 years was regarded as “blasphemy” – and on national TV? Well, for one thing, shock works so well on TV. Viewers aren’t startled anymore by any of the old cuss words — all that’s left is “the F-bomb” and it’s been used far too often by those desperate for attention.
So, let’s try blasphemy! Don’t restrict it just to muttering “Jesus Christ” derisively. No, your acting career is spiraling downward. You’re not such a big name on the Hollywood party circuit anymore with no big hit in years. Your last films have tanked. Directors’ worries about your fading talent have reduced you to accepting roles in forgettable sequels and hosting a radio show. So, what do you do?
Hey, suggests your agent, what if I can get you on nationwide TV? What if you do something so outrageous that nobody can ignore you? How about nudity? Janet Jackson’s “wardrobe malfunction” on the Super Bowl breathed brief life back into her lackluster career!
What about blasphemy! Hey, yeah! The conservatives and religious right will go nuts!
In Hollywood, the unpardonable sin is to be boring. So, if you’re frantic to scratch your way back onto the A list, you do something outrageous: something so offensive that it guarantees your face on the front page of the tabloid websites and your name trending on Twitter and Yahoo – and, even better, a viral YouTube video with millions of movie-attending kids laughing at how hilarious you are. It’s even better if their parents are disgusted and infuriated.
That’s the apparent strategy last weekend of Eric Marlon Bishop – that’s Jamie Foxx’s real name. His acting career peaked in 2004 with
the big hit “Ray” in which he earned an Oscar as tragic singer Ray Charles. Foxx’s last TV show was cancelled in 2001. His forays into music recording have been less than memorable.
The last time he was in the headlines, it was for making several sexually disparaging jokes about teenage singer Miley Cyrus on what’s left of Foxx’s TV show – now a local radio program. Foxx issued a public apology after being denounced by Cyrus’s furious father, country singer Billy Ray Cyrus.
So, now he’s back! But apparently it didn’t make as big a ripple as Janet’s public exposure. The video hasn’t gone viral. Vimeo actually pulled it. Foxx isn’t trending, either. Here’s a sampling of comments about the incident on Twitter:
Donna Horowitz disgusting.
Lora Corrado blasphemy. As a Christian, I am deeply offended.
FedUpReport 1John 2:22 (NKJV) Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son
Keith Garrison obeezy is the most popular prez ever, the hip hop prez
Christina Lichtsinn this is sickening, we have one true God…it will never be Obama. Give me liberty or give me death…
Pat Patriot Pathetic. They’re blind and stupid. The epitome of sheeple.
One Twitter subscriber, Lesley Guzman, went further in a private email: Jamie Foxx is not saying anything many followers of Obama don’t already believe. I’m sure the arrogant Narcissist-in-Chief loves it. Seems to me that the first Commandment says that we should have no other god before God. Wikipedia says Jamie was raised in Texas as a strict Baptist. Ergo, he certainly knows better. The other empty-headed idiots who support Obama’s god-like delusions have now been given permission and validation.
On Facebook, the comments were much along the same lines:
Stephen Vickers With out seeing move of the clip it’s hard to really grasp what Mr. Foxx is trying to get at. Is he serious, is this a joke, where does it go from here? On the other hand, what he said is quite offensive and high strung to deify the man, but there are people on both sides of the political spectrum that do the same thing with their favorite candidates. The Bible talks about how everyone is given a measure of faith, it just depends what they decide to do with that faith that sets us all apart.
Scott Naas Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to Him: We ask you, brothers, not to be easily
upset in mind or troubled, either by a spirit or by a message or by a letter as if from us, alleging that the Day of The Lord has come. Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way. For that day will not come unless the apostasy comes first and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction. He opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he sits in God’s sanctuary, publicizing that he himself is God. (2 Thessalonians 2:1-4 HCSB)