The Simpsons “new Messiah” row
Hot on the heels of the controversy over South Park featuring a bear called Mohammed – which provoked death threats against the show’s creators – the writers of The Simpsons are to feature Homer declaring himself to be “the new Messiah.”
The show’s storyline is already attracting criticism and outrage among viewers who are angered – again – that a religious figure is being parodied in a cartoon.
According to the Daily Star, the animated comedy will show Homer believing he’s “the special one” after a vision.
The paper states, “On a trip to Israel, he sees disciples of God in the form of a cucumber, a carrot and a tomato.
”And he preaches to Christians, Muslims and Jews urging them to come together and pray for peace and chicken.
”Dressed in a robe Homer says: ‘Attention, Christian, Muslims and Jews. I have come to gather you into a new faith.
“ ‘From now on you shall be called Chris-mu-jews. Cos when you get down to it aren’t all religions the same? They tell you what to eat, when to pray.
“Celebrate your commonality – some of us don’t eat pork, some of us don’t eat shellfish, but all of us love chicken.”
The episode, which will also feature the voice of Sacha Baron Cohen, will also depict Homer “falling asleep in the Holy Sepulchre” and coming close to getting arrested at the airport.