Pat Boone was born in 1934, but he’s still hip to the times. Sure, he might not be whitewashing music like he was back in the ’50s, but he’s still keeping it real by acting and appearing in films like Boonville Redemption (?) and God’s Not Dead 2. It’s his role in that second one that has him up-in-arms and defending Jesus against Saturday Night Live. (Read our commentary on God’s Not Dead 2.)
Boone’s anger is aimed at this week‘s filmed spoof, God Is a Boob Man, and he picked up the phone to tell The Hollywood Reporter all about it. “This skit was outright sacrilege. They know if they did this to Muslims they’d have to be put into the witness protection program,” he said. He went on:
“Something can be devilishly funny, but this skit is diabolical. God has only one real enemy — Satan. Satan ridicules faith, and they’re taking Satan’s side. They’re also ridiculing me and the film, telling impressionable young people not to see it because it’s ridiculous. Then they throw in that the lawyer is Jewish to make the Christian look even worse, but it’s just anti-Semitic.”
Boone also spoke on his own experience with the show, which he used to watch “religiously,” a claim and practice that sounds a little like heresy. “I asked them to promise that they wouldn’t make fun of my faith or my family, and they wouldn’t do it, so I declined. I know they would have treated me like a complete sap,” he said, completely missing the point of making fun of oneself.
Boone is 81 years old, but here’s hoping Lorne Michaels manages to get the man on the show so he can speak his own mind, and maybe make a spoof of his own — preferably about Islam.
Watch the trailer for God Is a Boob Man below: