Johnny Depp, the actor known for taking on epic movie roles, is reportedly getting slammed by the Christian Coalition and Focus on the Family for his involvement in a controversial new song by the British band Babybird called "Jesus Stag Night Club." Depp, who has apparently helped to finance the group's comeback, offers his vocals on the tune.
Reuters writes that the song, "...recasts the Son of God as a booze-chugging party animal who revels in driving stolen cars and facilitating bachelor parties." The Daily Star adds that it, "...tells the tale of a boozing, stolen car-driving Jesus look-alike who gets his kicks at lap-dancing clubs."
The song is about a bunch of guys who go out to enjoy a bachelor party. In order to make sure the night goes off without a hitch, the guys bring a Jesus doppelgänger to get them hooked up with what the Huffington Post calls "all the finer things that a night of madness requires." This, of course, leads to a night of drunkenness and debauchery.
Here's one portion of the song:
Saw a man in the street lying on the floor beaten up/ He had a fish finger sandwich and a yellow M coffee cup/ I bent down drunk and tried to pick him up/ But when I turned around I could see...it was Jesus.../ I can't remember where I was last night/ Think I was hanging on a church spire/ Tied by my ankles to a weathervane
The Christian Coalition, among others, is said to be outraged by the lyrics. According to the Daily Star, Lee Douglas, who is a spokesman for the Christian Coalition, called the song "blasphemy" and purportedly went on to say, "One day, Johnny Depp and his cronies will face the judgment of our Lord and they will burn in hell for this filth."
Focus on the Family, another Christian group, apparently told the paper, "We are sickened by Mr. Depp's behavior. Why did he need to record this song?" The group went on to say that the song is "a slap in the face to Christians all over the world."
Listen to the song, below:
Stephen Jones, the lead singer of Babybird, has responded to the controversy, saying, “Some people have no sense of humour.”What do you think? Is this all fun and games or do you find the song offensive? Take our poll, below:
(H/T: Huffington Post)