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"JC" Critics Reiterate Criticisms

A group of TV and religious watchdogs reiterated their criticisms of the planned Comedy Central animated series JC this morning, though most of them stopped short of calling for a boycott, according to a blogger who participated in a media conference call with the group.

Most of the remarks by the organizers of the Coalition Against Religious Bigotry appeared to be aimed at condemning Comedy Central for employing a double standard by broadcasting material that is offensive to Christians while avoiding or censoring any material that could be offensive to Muslims. Talk show host Michael Medved criticized Comedy Central’s standards—which he characterized as how physically threatened network executives feel—as “pathetic,” and Rabbi Daniel Lapin of the American Alliance of Jews and Christians called them hypocrites for shielding one group from satire while promoting it against others.

Participants seemed to equivocate on when and how satire could be done, with some pointing to Don Rickles and Mel Brooks as legitimate critics while others explicitly attacked such comedian/commenters as Bill Maher, Penn Jillette, and Sarah Silverman.

Group organizers seemed to split on the issue of an advertising boycott. Brian Bozell of the Media Research Center and Tim Winter of the Parents Television Council said they only wanted to make advertisers and marketing executives aware of the apparent nature of JC and to react accordingly, but Bill Donohue of the Catholic League said that he wanted a boycott.

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