Complaint Upheld of New Zealand TV Program Where Jesus is Beat Up by Santa

A New Zealand TV program that showed a “Pooman” character throwing faeces and Jesus being beaten up by Santa Claus has been found to have breached broadcasting standards.

Aucklander Cyril Lotriet complained to the Broadcasting Standards Authority following an episode of Back of the Y which aired on January 27 .

The program showed a skit involving “Jesus” being beaten up by Santa Claus.

Mr Lotriet said the Jesus skit launched an “unadulterated defamatory attack on Christianity”, that suggested Jesus was not wanted in society. He said the skit amounted to a “hate crime”.

The broadcaster, TVWorks, said none of the program’s content was meant to be taken seriously and that the target audience would have understood the farcical approach to themes like religion.

It said, given the program’s niche audience, it was unlikely that a significant number of viewers found the program offensive.

However, the Broadcasting Standards Authority said while the program was aired late at night, was targeted at a young-adult male audience, and contained warnings about the episode’s content, these factors were not sufficient to prevent it from breaching standards of good taste and decency.

The complaint was upheld.

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