He's not the messiah; he's a very naughty boy!

For this week's Lost in Criterion we get to talk about Monty Python's Life of Brian which means a good amount of time ruminating on the sort of people who react to a film as if it's insulting their deeply held religious beliefs when it isn't. Of course, the sort of people who were (an are) gutturally offended by Life of Brian were probably still the sort of people the movie was out to satirize, but it's an important distinction that the Python's were aiming at blind devotion (to organized religion, leftist politics, or whatever) not Jesus. Neither his teachings or person are mocked, only others' responses to them. The Pythons actually go out of their way in the film to try to make sure they aren't accused of the mocking Christ. It didn't work.

Anyway, I'm sure we'll talk about the poor critical skills of angry mobs a lot more when we get to Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ in a few weeks, but for now we get to be distracted by a pretty good comedy. Give it a listen?