The Irish state broadcaster RTÉ has apologized for a television comedy in which God was portrayed as a rapist.
The channels New Years Countdown Show became outraged for recording a bogus news report about God as the youngest celebrity figure to be embroiled in a sexual harassment scandal.
In the sketch, a man in a white robe was put on trial when a newscaster announced: “The five-billion-year-old was accused of forcing himself on a young migrant from the Middle East and allegedly impregnating her against her will before leaving Sentenced to two years in prison, the last 24 months suspended. According to the news, film producer Harvey Weinstein requested a retrial in Ireland. “
The segment generated 1,000 viewer complaints and was condemned by Ireland’s Catholic Archbishop Eamon Martin, who tweeted, “This outrageous clip should be removed immediately and denounced by all people of goodwill. It is an insult to all Catholics and Christians to send such a deeply insulting and blasphemous clip about God and Our Blessed Mother Mary during the Christmas season. “
The Archbishop of Dublin, Dermot Farrell, also criticized the show, accusing it of “mocking the divine” and “trivializing rape victims.”
RTÉ released a statement apologizing for the crime caused but did not announce any plans to remove the sketch from the RTÉ player.
“RTÉ recognizes that matters that can cause crime vary from person to person, especially within comedy and satire,” the statement said. “After reviewing the feedback and complaints received up to this point, RTÉ would like to apologize to those who have been insulted by the segment.”
The BBC was recently forced into defense The Goes Wrong Show Christmas special after audience complaints that it was an “insult to the Christian religion”.
In the 30-minute celebratory play that aired in December, the fictional Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society hosted a disastrous birth of Christ in which the baby Jesus was eaten by a sheep.