Jamie Foxx drew heat from a Christian group for joking about Barack Obama’s holiness.
The Oscar-winning actor and acclaimed comedian has been criticized for referring to the president as "our Lord and Savior" during the Soul Train Music Awards in Las Vegas.
The show, which was filmed shortly after the election, aired on Centric on Sunday.
Jamie made the comment shortly after taking the stage. "First of all, giving honor to God and our Lord and Savior, Barack Obama," he joked before asking the crowd to stand to its feet and cheer.
Jamie’s comments were clearly intended to be facetious, but not everyone was laughing.
According to TheGrio.com, John Hayward of the conservative blog Human Events took offense to Jamie’s remarks, writing, "practicing Christians are not amused by the portrayal of modern secular politicians as replacements for Jesus. But presumably their feelings don’t count because they won’t burn anything down in outrage."
Catholic League president Bill Donahue, also a contributor to the blog, noted that Jamie confessed last year that he "didn’t know what God meant to him." Bill also added that Barack has apparently "convinced Jamie Foxx, and no doubt legions of others, that God exists."
Jamie’s stand-up routines have made fun of a number of ethnic groups over the years but few have drawn the kind of that this joke has.
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—Jacob Rohn @jsrohn
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