People have been known to call the president many different things, some good, some bad, but Jamie Foxx (jokingly) took it too far.
Foxx called President Obama “our lord and savior” while at the Soul Train Music Awards, and the title raised more than a few religious eyebrows.
During the ceremony, which aired over the weekend but was taped not long after Obama won re-election, Foxx said “It’s like church in here. First of all, give an honor to God and our lord and savior, Barack Obama.”
Not surprisingly, the Django Unchained star has offended Christian groups.
Bill Donahue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights in the United States was utterly shocked by the Oscar winner’s words. “Foxx’s epiphany is startling. It just goes to show that even though Obama did not succeed in stopping the oceans from rising (as he promised to do in 2008), he did succeed in convincing Jamie Foxx, and no doubt legions of others, that God exists,” Donahue wrote in a statement. “Whether God can survive an ACLU lawsuit accusing him of violating church and state grounds remains to be seen.”
In response to the pointless firestorm, Foxx announced that he was just being silly. “I’m a comic, [and] sometimes I think people get a little too tight. It’s getting a little tougher for us comedians [because] some people take it and want to make a huge story out of it, but it’s a joke.”
Even though he was kidding, loyalty among Obama’s Black supporters has long been questioned. The commander and chief is very popular with minorities leading the belief that Black people are less likely to be critical of his presidency, no matter his missteps.
As it turns out isn’t the 44-year-old isn’t only one likening the POTUS to Jesus Christ. New York-based artist, Michael D’Antuono, released a painting of the president with a crown of thorns around his head and his arms stretched out, similar to that of Christ on the cross.
D’Antuono has since received 4,000 emails from Christian groups blasting his work.
Click below to see the painting, which is currently on display at Boston’s Bunker Hill Community College Art Gallery.
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