November 15, 2015

What Would Jesus Do ... about the Starbucks red cups?

Rebel Staff

I chat with both Jesus Christ and Kris Kringle/Santa Claus to get their thoughts on the Starbucks red cup controversy.


Tempers flare but we eventually come to an agreement . . . sort of.


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commented 2015-12-05 02:31:13 -0500
You’ve got to be kidding. Does anybody know the definition of blasphemy? What would the Lord Jesus Christ do about the Starbucks cups? Get a good laugh from all the inane, trashy, moronic and truly useless crap that humans do to simply occupy their time. How about donating some of this wasted time to charity so at least someone will benefit, you Christians, you. This whole monumentally retarded stunt disgusts me. Who was the cretin that came up with this anyway? Knock it off!
commented 2015-11-27 22:52:41 -0500
I have not read all of the comments…but this looks like a revival of Charlie Hebdo…which is now ‘Je suis Ali.’
commented 2015-11-27 16:13:55 -0500
Was there a script for this or was it ad-libbed? Did you guys rehearse this? Was there alcohol involved? Did you guys sleep on this before posting? A peer review with the people in the cubicle next to you? It just seems there are so many points of failure that this just shouldn’t have seen the light of day.
commented 2015-11-27 12:10:22 -0500
count this as a strike against you for me watching this crap anymore. I am only one viewer, but many more just don’t say anything , You are real classy people. Hope you like heat.
commented 2015-11-27 12:09:09 -0500
whoever made this needs a kick in the ass, and i mean a real one.
commented 2015-11-27 12:08:37 -0500
tasteless and ignorant. can you imagine if i made a video poking fun at Allah? all hell would break loose. this one way bigotry has to stop. we remove any Christmas memorabilia as to not offend others, but If I get offended at seeing their stuff, I am a major bigot. How does that work???????
commented 2015-11-26 21:06:36 -0500
Wow This is in incredibly poor taste… One does not poke fun at the savior of man just to make a point…And make Him out to be a lush too?! Come on guys….You’re better than that. And I for one expect more from you
commented 2015-11-26 14:13:06 -0500
Making light of the person of Jesus Christ is like poking a stick at a lion. One day the joke will be over.
commented 2015-11-18 10:50:03 -0500
All this as a fight anti-Christian bigotry petition can be found on this page? Next time interview Mohammad, go for it.
commented 2015-11-16 09:02:38 -0500
Count me among those that didn’t find this funny.
commented 2015-11-15 22:16:51 -0500
Tasteless and idiotic. Any chance you ran this by the boss or just take advantage of his absence?
commented 2015-11-15 20:16:37 -0500
Jason and Matt…you have been presenting “the Suffering Servant” of the Jewish Bible in Isaiah 53: perhaps the greatest prophecy of Jesus Christ , in mockery…do you realize this?——-

For Jewish Orthodox version of Isaiah 53: see
" Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed? He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted.
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. By oppression and judgment he was taken away. And who can speak of his descendants? For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was stricken. He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth. Yet it was the LORD’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the LORD makes his life a guilt offering, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand. After the suffering of his soul, he will see the light [of life] and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities. Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors."
commented 2015-11-15 20:14:01 -0500
What was the point??? Please explain.
commented 2015-11-15 19:45:17 -0500
Hey guys, It actually wasn’t that funny to me. As a Christian it was also insulting. I respect your right for free expression so I won’t say you don’t have a right to do this. Afterall, if you are not Christian why should my rules apply to you. But I will just not to watch your videos in the future, which is my free right. However, I will respect your secular and neutral bias more if you could give an equally humour-light blasphemous skit with Mohammed and Buddha ;) If I do see that then I won’t feel targeted like we already are by pretty much all the rest of the media party.
commented 2015-11-15 18:57:16 -0500
Jason and Matt:
I’ve enjoyed some of your other skits, i.e.: it was funny to see a man running down the street wearing heels, how no one could pick out the premiere from the photos, etc. But this? No. I am really disappointed, you both have managed to sink to the level of Mary Walsh. If I wanted to watch this kind of garbage then I’d be a cheerleader for the CBC and Mary Walsh.
commented 2015-11-15 16:36:49 -0500
I consider myself a Christian and this is not my cup of tea (or coffee). I am not overly offended because I have come to expect this in secular culture. I do like Jason and Matt and this will not turn me into a hater. I do agree with others that this wasn’t funny.
There isn’t much funny about Christianity in my biased opinion. There is joy and peace in Christianity and the meaning of Christmas. Secularists don’t celebrate Christmas though. They celebrate the holiday’s. For Christians we usurped the winter solstice a long time ago and said let’s celebrate the birth of Christ. We would continue to celebrate this even if there were no holidays or no presents. Christians will be Christians no matter what the future holds. You see, in a weird kind of way bad things draw out the real meaning of Christmas and Christianity. It is easy to be happy and polite whren you have a good job, live in a prosperous-free country, enjoy peace and safety etc. Christianity and Christmas show their depth and meaning when the superficial yet good things are gone. Christmas is not holidays or cups from star bucks. It isn’t about being offended about a controversial skit either. It isn’t about hating Islam or worrying about terrism either. Christmas is about believing in the historical person of Christ. It is about recognizing the history of Christianity and the truth of Christ. In light of that I can wish people merry Christmas and have a real hope for peace on earth even in the midst of the global chaos, materialism of my own culture, and the lack of understanding of Christmas and Christianity.
commented 2015-11-15 16:16:43 -0500
Marilyn Neilson,
I agree with you, regarding the content and production of this video. My point is, it shows that Canadians do have the right of free expression, even when it depicts religion, for the time being, at least. If one were to show Islam in the same context, it would result in a riot and sudden death.
commented 2015-11-15 15:22:56 -0500
Keith Barnes: Unlike Dick Giesbrecht, I am neither devout nor a Christian, therefore this so-called skit does not “offend” me for either of those reasons. What is so despicable, however, is the low-brow so-called “humour”….actually the complete lack thereof. What was the point of this?
commented 2015-11-15 15:16:50 -0500
Just a little point to those offended by using an image of Jesus in mockery…..the image that we associate with Jesus is derived from Leonardo da Vinci’s the Last Supper. Nicolo Machivelli is the face of Judas Iscariot and Cesare Borgia (the son of Pope Alexander VI ) is the face of Jesus…..Jesus probably looked more like Brother Nathanael…he was Jewish after all.
commented 2015-11-15 15:07:46 -0500
As a Christian I find this piece extremely offensive, bordering on blasphemy! I really thought the Rebel had more class than this!! You’re lowering yourselves to the level of the CBC and other main stream media whom you are so very critical of. When will this video be removed from your website?
commented 2015-11-15 15:03:49 -0500
The progressives have been insisting for decades that we take Christ out of Christmas and now that they think they have done so they go after Santa and his emblems.
Santa sells far more merchandise than Jesus and thus adds to global warming.
Santa leaves a huge carbon footprint behind every December and we should add a carbon tax to every gift delivered.
Well at least the cups aren’t green.
commented 2015-11-15 15:02:25 -0500
It would appear that everyone is missing the point, with this video. Intentional or not, it dose point out the difference between Christianity and Islam. Christians have the freedom to say things about their religion, they can laugh at it. It dose not make them any less Christian. Can the same be said about the Dogma of Islam
Having said that, I can understand devout Christians being upset. At least, no one will be decapitated for freedom of expression..
commented 2015-11-15 14:03:30 -0500
This skit was pointless and juvenile, much like the frequent program failings spewed out on C.B.C., i.e. something desperately trying to appear humorous, but failing abysmally. “This Hour Has 22 Minutes” and “Little Mosque on the Prairie” come to mind somehow. “The Rebel” is a welcome relief from the mainstream media garbage, ergo I do not expect to be subjected to imitated garbage.
commented 2015-11-15 13:39:44 -0500
As off taste as this clip was, I have seen more offensive things to Christianity. Christians can handle being mocked and have been mocked for 2000 years. Keith is correct, “This is where Christianity differs from Islam.”
commented 2015-11-15 13:32:54 -0500
Very sorry to say, but this piece is offensive . . .
commented 2015-11-15 13:25:17 -0500
Triple A1 marks for this video, will probably go viral on Youtube.
I am sure Jesus will not mind us having a bit of fun, on his behalf. Our God is forgiving, he will not be offended, just because we have a little joke with his Son.
This is where Christianity differs from Islam. If Jesus, in this skit, had been called Mohammad, that would be the end of the Rebel and all Rebel Members.
Avoid Starbucks. Avoid Islam.
commented 2015-11-15 13:20:07 -0500
Too dumb to finish watching
commented 2015-11-15 13:04:13 -0500
The pretense at swearing was lame and approaching offensive. The video also gives the edge to Santa… perhaps that’s the Rebel’s point… commercialism still reigns on Christs’s birthday..?
commented 2015-11-15 13:03:32 -0500
Hey guys, that was pretty harsh. Yes! I understand the statement you are making here, but the video is a little harsh.
commented 2015-11-15 12:47:20 -0500
Is the Rebel starting to take a progressive mocking stance toward Christianity? I am not easily offended but this piece is.