John Safran’s Race Relations

6a00e0097e4e6888330120a5dc2d3d970c-800wiI’m really looking forward to John Safran’s Race Relations tonight. Safran has a talent for bringing up issues in an insightful and funny way. Especially when it comes to matters of religion. From placing voodoo curses on his ex girlfriend, to door knocking dressed as Prince talking about the Jehovah’s Witness faith, to going on a date with a Roman Catholic Priest, Safran’s work is thought provoking, informative, and hilarious.

Make sure you check it out. The trailer is underneath the jump.

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About Joel A Moroney

Associate Minister at St Luke's Anglican Church, Liverpool (in the Sydney Diocese). A very strange man, but he usually has Pez, so that makes it okay.

2 responses to “John Safran’s Race Relations”

  1. Julie says :

    Hey Joel,

    Interested to know what you thought? Matt found the first episode quite offensive (you know, the “m” word on camera) so we didn’t watch after that.

    I did find some of his antics quite funny and pointed though…what did you think?

    • Joel A Moroney says :

      I was able to put up with the things that were offensive in the show. I knew what I was getting into and was prepared.
      I watched the first few episodes and have really lost interest. Race Relations doesn’t seem to have the same flair as his previous shows. I think a lot of this has to do with format. In Versus God and Musical Jamboree, there was usually 3 or 4 stories per episode with some reoccuring segments. The topical journalism was balanced with the zany antics. The antics were funny in and of themselves, but when combined with the bigger story, created something that was very thought provoking.
      Race Relations on the other hand has basically one story for the entire episode. The antics are far more subdued. It feels like he’s trying to do serious journalism while still maintaining his “roots”. In doing so, I find that it just hasn’t grabbed my attention.
      I may watch the crucifixion episode. I may not. From what I hear, it probably won’t grab my attention either.

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