Considering its made by “Sausage Party” duo Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg and it has proven multiple times this season it takes no prisoners, it comes as little surprise that AMC’s “Preacher” has incorporated a sex joke that has led to upset.
Specifically the cold open of the second season’s tenth episode depicts a sex scene between a woman and Jesus Christ. While there’s effectively no nudity, the scene makes no bones about what the two are doing.
It also amusingly includes a half-minute scene of the pair’s shadows projected on a wall engaging in multiple sexual positions including missionary, doggy style, the dirty wheelbarrow and the spider. Now, Catholic League president Bill Donohue has released a statement condemning the series:
“Depicting Jesus in a grotesque sex scene is an assault on the sensibilities of all Christians, as well as people of good will who are not Christians.
We have been treated to this kind of fare from some pay-per-view channels, but we are not accustomed to AMC getting into the mud. If this is a signal of what it aspires to become, we will rally Christians against it.”
Of course the sex scene in this case wasn’t just gratuitous, but tied into a necessary plot point that has been building all season. The outcome of it ties back into the series later in the episode in a scene that surprisingly isn’t drawing much controversy even as it plays with a more blasphemous idea.
Rogen has shared the FOX News story about the controversy on his Twitter, labelling it a “good endorsement”. The series, based on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s acclaimed comic, has three more episodes left in its run for this year.