The Project’s co-host Sarah Harris has recently admitted the joke about Jesus Christ made by comedian Reuben Kaye on the Channel Ten program earlier this year was inappropriate.
After speaking about the abuse he receives from the Christian community about his sexuality, Kaye made the joke: “I love Jesus. I love any man who can get nailed for three days straight and come back for more.”
Harris initially laughed at the joke but according to The Daily Telegraph, she has since said “the joke should have never gone air.”
“I’m not defending having the joke on the show, it was absolutely the wrong context and wrong forum for that,” Harris said while speaking on the latest episode of the Matty Johns podcast.
The TV host remained adamant though that religious comedy shouldn’t be totally off limits for Australian television programs.
“But when we start talking about what you can and can’t joke about, are we going to move onto blasphemy laws next? It’s concerning for comedy as well,” she said.
Harris’ latest statement comes after Archbishop Makarios of Australia issued a statement denouncing the joke.
In the statement, the Archbishop called the joke “extremely distasteful and rather deplorable content,” and said it was “inappropriate” such “suggestive and disparaging remarks of a sexual nature” were aired in the early evening “when children were more likely to be viewing.”
Kaye was forced to postpone his Sydney Comedy Festival show in April over protests, and has rescheduled it for July.
Source: The Daily Telegraph