Aaron McGruder’s ‘Black Jesus’ TV Show Facing $75 Million Lawsuit
(AllHipHop News) According to TMZ, an author by the name of Saint Solomon is suing over allegations Black Jesus is a rip-off of his 1999 short story Thank You, Jesus.
The website reports:
In his lawsuit, Solomon says his story ends with his Jesus being kicked out of the house to go live on the streets, and he believes episode 1 of “Black Jesus” picks up the tale 15 years later.
According to the docs … there are other similarities, like the fact TV Black Jesus has a friend who is always trying to get rich quick, just like in the short story. And both Black Jesuses dress the same, curse a lot and drink booze.
Solomon is reportedly seeking more than $75 million for Adult Swim’s supposed intellectual property theft.
Black Jesus debuted in 2014 and has run for two seasons so far.
The show centers around Jesus (Gerald “Slink” Johnson) living in modern-day Compton with his group of friends.
Black Jesus is McGruder’s second sitcom to air on Adult Swim.
The cartoonist/writer also produced the critically acclaimed The Boondocks cartoon for the network.