Is TV Land’s “The Soul Man” blasphemeth? A Christian conservative watchdog group called One Million Moms sure thinks the Cedric The Entertainer and Niecy Nash fronted sitcom is!
The 30 minute comedy, which became TV Land’s second-highest rated series premiere behind only the series launch of “Hot In Cleveland” with its June 20th premiere, “blasphemes the name of Jesus Christ and mocks pastors as well” according to One Million Moms.
“The Soul Man” is a spin-off of a character Cedric The Entertainer first played on “Hot in Cleveland” named Reverend Boyce “The Voice” Ballentine – a fictitious R&B superstar who trades in soul music for saving souls as pastor of his father’s church. Rev. Ballentine moves back home to St. Louis with his family and they’re all trying adapt to the transition between his new calling to pastor and his former life as a music superstar.
Despite “The Soul Man” being billed a family comedy, One Million Moms declares on its website: “The word family is used loosely since the program focuses on one family but is far from family-friendly programming.”
One Million Moms posted a list of grievances they have with “The Soul Man” on their website – among them Nash’s character, first lady Lolli’s affinity for cleavage-baring, form-fitting dresses. Read One Million Moms’ other issues with “The Soul Man” below:
> Pastor’s brother and father use foul language and the father is a retired preacher whose uses the excuse he isn’t a minster anymore.
> Pastor’s brother says, “Wow! People still come to church? Well, old people. Oh! Hot chicks in Jesus name!”
> Lolli (the wife played by Niecy Nash) tells Boyce, “Lack of booty makes you moody!” and “Women’s parts start percolating when husband does chores.”
> Boyce and Lolli sing “I want to have Sex with You” together at home and also played when they role the credits. A piece of the lyrics “I want to have sex with you… in the kitchen, in the bathroom… sitting down, standing up.”
> Some hear the over-the-top jokes and laugh, but believe the underlying message remains positive enough to give the show a pass. But other, more conservative viewers, are turned off by crass humor.
TV Land offered a “no comment” when contacted by AlwaysAList.com for a statement.
“The Soul Man” also stars Wesley Jonathan (“What I Like About You”), John Beasley (“Everwood”) and Jazz Raycole (“My Wife and Kids”). The sitcom, which airs on Wednesdays at 10 p.m., has featured a bevy of guest stars like Sherri Shepherd (“The View”), Kim Coles (“Are You Normal, America?”), Tamala Jones (“Castle”), Yvette Nicole Brown (“Community”) and reality stars Trina and Tamar Braxton (“Braxton Family Values”).
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