This article contains graphic language.
Earlier this month, a French public radio show featured a performance of a blasphemous song, titled “Jesus is a Faggot”. Naturally, the song drew a massive backlash, and last week the broadcaster apologized for their faux-pas—but not to their Christian listeners.
According to Breitbart, the song, “Jesus is f*got” en français, was decried by France’s LGBT community, and, shockingly enough, they received an apology from the song’s performer.
The blasphemous song was performed by Frédéric Fromet on Par Jupiter, a radio show on France Inter public radio.
According to le Parisien, Fromet performs a parody song each week on the show, and this particular installment was meant to hearken back to “Jesus Is Coming Back”, a song from a 1988 French comedy film mocking the nation’s affluent Catholic social caste at the time.
“Jesus, jesus, jesus is a faggot LGBT member from the top of La Croix why to have nailed him, why not to have f****d him,” Fromet sang, translated by Breitbart.
According to Laurence Bloch, director of France Inter, the song was meant to be an anti-homophobia anthem in response to the banning of The First Temptation of Christ, a film which depicts Jesus as a gay man, in Brazil.
Still, Fromet’s crude, disgusting lyrics successfully offended both Christians and LGBT people.
Breitbart reports that the IDAHO Committee, a French LGBT activist group, denounced the broadcast and even filed a complaint with the Paris Prosecutor’s Office on grounds of homophobia.
“Whether Jesus, Muhammad, or Buddha are homosexual, trans, bisexual, or queer does not bother us; that homophobic curses are used to talk about their sexual orientations bothers us and shocks us,” IDAHO Committee President Alexandre Marcel said.
In a statement issued by France Inter, Fromet apologized to his gay listeners.
“I was so misunderstood that I even ran into an LGBT association,” Fromet said. “So it’s my fault. I readily admit it. I apologise to the people I have injured, while claiming my right to make mistakes in an exercise that remains very perilous.”
Bloch also expressed her “most sincere regrets” to listeners “that this column may have shocked”.
“The crudeness of certain expressions does not seem appropriate to me, whatever the author’s intentions,” Bloch said, while still defending “the principle of freedom of expression, the right to excess, to caricature, to satire.”
“We owe it to the victims of Charlie Hebdo,” Bloch concluded, pointing to a violent Islamic extremist attack on a French satirical newspaper back in 2015. “We owe it to all those who in totalitarian countries risk their lives for this freedom.”
As of this writing, it appears that neither Fromet nor France Inter have bothered to apologize to a single one of the countless Christians offended by this hideous song.
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