January 6th, 2010
03:53 PM ET

Adult Swim: Lil Wayne not playing Jesus Christ

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Contrary to reports that rapper Lil Wayne will be lending his voice to the son of God, a spokesperson for Adult Swim says that the rapper's character in a one-hour cartoon special with the working title “Return of Freaknik” is not Jesus Christ per se, but just a guy named Jesus.

The cartoon, which is being produced by fellow music maker T-Pain, is about a group of up-and-coming rappers who travel to Atlanta for a battle of the bands contest. (Freaknik was a 1990s gathering of students from historically black colleges, first in Atlanta, later in Florida.)

Lil Wayne, who is scheduled to be sentenced to prison in New York on February 9 as a result of gun charges, was brought into the Adult Swim mix by T-Pain, who has worked with Nick Weidenfeld, the head of program development for the network, in the past. (Adult Swim, like CNN, is part of Time Warner.)

A spokesperson for Adult Swim told CNN: “Lil Wayne’s character is still evolving. All we can say is that he is named Jesus and not Jesus Christ.”

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  1. lindah

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    July 8, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. d

    was popin 5 see u later wezy

    September 10, 2010 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  3. FreeThinker

    I've never listened to Lil Wayne, but after reading all the Jesus comments, I might have to start. If it truly pisses off the fundies, how could I resist?

    @whitie: you had me agreeing with your whole paragraph until the last question. With so much evidence of reason, why still cling to a god?

    We're all atheists to most of the world's gods, anyway. Xtians just hang on to that one that is described in completely throughout the entire bible. And, I've read the bible, several times, and multiple translations, including in Hebrew. The bible is the reason I stopped believing in god.

    http://atheism.about.com/od/aboutatheism/p/whynotbelieve.htm

    January 11, 2010 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  4. Paul Hall

    Why shouldn't thugs, drug dealers, pimps, prostitutes, violence and ignorance be mainstream...and their traits be comparable to Jesus. Gosh how dare any one complain about "pimpin out Jesus"! We must all be politically correct!

    January 8, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. IgFaust

    I find this whole development rather amusing, and good on Lil Wayne for furthering his creative endeavors.

    As for all the hellfire and damnation, shouldn't you good God fearing Christians, let God sort that out. You know being infinitely powerful, and all knowing if he really had a problem with it he could just go all Old Testament on Lil' Wayne am I right?

    I thought organized religion was supposed to be all about the promotion and development of virtue, not fear and control. If God wanted robots that do only as commanded, and live only to his exact specifications I think he could have swung that.

    January 8, 2010 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  6. Sam Thomason

    Lil Wayne pretty much killed Hip hop with his new "style". He used to be a good rapper with the Hot Boys. Where did he go wrong? Oh yeah, I forgot. He doesn't have Gillie to write his lyrics no more. Anybody who is a fan of this clown doesn't know what real hip hop is. I'm sick of these bubblegum rappers killing hip hop!

    January 7, 2010 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Penancex

    I'm actually intrigued by the story potential. Knowing what was going on musically in the early 90's, a rap battle of the bands may be very interesting. Adult Swim did a good job with Boondocks, even if they didn't produce it, so it should be treated with just the right amount of respect and reality.

    January 7, 2010 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  8. jessa

    @ Disgusting!....HAHAHA thank you for the best laugh all day..."such a negative influence...a concert!...ON A SCHOOL NIGHT!!!! (Wiping away tears) Please tell me where you teach because if concerts on school nights and rap music are your biggest problems...;)

    PS...I LOVE ADULT SWIM...JAM OUT TO LIL WAYNE... AND GO TO CHURCH EVERY SUNDAY:)!!!

    January 7, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. J.Crobuzon

    "Disgusting," I guess you better zip on down to the barrio and tell all those guys named Jesus to change their names for you. Lemme know how that works out, and let's ban names like "Christopher" and "Christine." Just to be safe let's ban Mary, Joe, and Mohammed as well. Can't be too careful? Of course you can!

    January 7, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Francis

    Talk about a tempest in a teapot! People, before you get bent out of shape over the use of a religious figure, read the story. Lil' Wayne's character is named "Jesus". If it makes you feel better, read it "Hey Zeus".

    January 7, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. IRS agent

    Will this take before or after Lil wayne fulfills his contract with the DEA to consume all the drugs in Mexico so as to eliminate the smuggling problem?

    January 7, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Great

    1. Jesus Christ is real.
    2. I have experienced Christ in my life and am fully persuaded.
    3. The difference between Christianity and other religions is that your heart is changed when you BELIEVE. You become a new person.
    4.The ignorant are always the first to condemn something they know nothing about.
    5. Lastly... Whether you believe in Christ or not does not change the fact that He is the Son of God. However, wehether or not you believe in Christ changes your life after death forever.
    Amen.

    January 7, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Tyra Baldwin

    I cant believe it as come to this. Lil wayne is in cartoons now!!! WOW

    January 7, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ambrse311

    WOW! @Tommy Hawk...Jesus was "white" b/c of OLD PICTURES. THERE WAS NO PHOTOGRAPHY WHEN JESUS WALKED THE EARTH!!!! What you are claiming are pictures are paintings/drawings of what people 100's of years after Jesus "think" he looked like. I am white and do not believe that Jesus is white..he would have to be the only caucasian in Israel if that's the case. I believe he was of brown skin/tan skin dark curly hair and brown eyes. "God" is not white, black, etc. You are not supposed to and can't put human characteristics on God...I believe that's in the "Bible" the good book that was written and re-written and re-interpreted and a lot of scriptures written aren't even in the bible. Trust your gut...trust your senses..that's what God gave them to us for. Don't believe everything you see or hear or read!!! I believe "whitie" said it best above!

    January 7, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Big EZ

    Adult Swim you can think of another name for this character besides Jesus. Come on!

    January 7, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Seriously?

    "lil'wayne is a dude who can move the generation and i feel the dude is brilliant in what he thinks of. i dont think nobody should knock him for tryna eat like we are."

    And the problem with this subculture is...?

    January 7, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Pat

    The greatest gift we were given is choice. Make yours wisely. Jesus said "I am the way, nobody comes to the father but through me". But don't be fooled and judge people by what you hear through the media. The Bible says that the things of this world will pass away. Where will you be when this happens? And it will happen!

    January 7, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  18. stylz

    @ tommy hawk..

    wow dude..you're really scary!! and get your facts str8 before making comments that you apparently have no clue about..

    January 7, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  19. whitie

    Tommy Hawk, and any others who think Jesus was white based on "really old pictures".....are you serious? How can people be so smart, yet ignore the most basic common sense thinking patterns. I hate to burst your bubble, but my guess, based on geography, (ever heard of the middle east, or Israel?) is that Jesus had more of an Osama Bin Laden look than the Brad Pitt version endorsed by the majority of christians...how ironic is it that a white male paints a picture of god, who just so happens to look like a white male. Other comments, such as the "how dare u use MY LORD"S NAME like that..." kind of stuff.... These arguments are for the small minded. Not every citizen is capable of thinking on their own, outside of the box, and making their own planned, personal decision about something. Some people need to be given a bone to just shut up, so the real dinner is not interrupted. Extremism while dangerous, is marginal, and you Bible thumpers who cannot fathom reality outside of ur bethlehem manger (another blindingly stupid assertion) fairytale will continue your reign of CNN new's article link commentary ethics. If I was a praying man, I would pray for you all, the innocent people who have no clue how f'ed up their reality really is. But Im not, and ur hopeless and marginal, so it would be a waste of time really, probably as much as this post, but a truely compassionate person can only take so much injustice before he/she speaks out. Jesus was closer to black than white, God is not a culture enforcer, he is not just in America. lol. My God loves everybody, no matter what they say. why is that so problematic?

    January 7, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  20. padrone

    this is by far the most ridiculous commentary i've read in my young non-religiously affiliated life. Somebody give these people a science and geography textbook...they think jesus was white and hell is located at the center of the earth. Is this the year 2010? Wow. Get a clue people.

    January 7, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  21. stylz

    i cant believe that grown people still believe that jesus christ is making a physical return to the earth to save our souls!! i bet you still believe in santa too huh??

    AND you're in here talking about "drug infested, low down, scum of the earth wanna be's"..damn, are you sure you're a "christian"?? comments like yours dont sound very christ-like.. PLUS, i'll bet my last cent you've all got at least one (or more) cackhead, drug/alcohol/woman abuser in your own family..

    i cant stand lil wayne as an artist..but i respect him as a human being.. stop blaming him for being a product of the society he was raised in.. and take into consideration that the guy is still growing as a person..if he lives long enough he may potenitally have a positive impact on the world..

    January 7, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Abstract

    @TOMMY HAWK

    "For your information Jesus Christ was white! It can be easily seen in any old pictures of him".

    So you came across an old Polaroid of him? If Jesus was from the "Holy Land" at that point in time, chances are he'd be dark or, GASP, black!

    Stop reading from a dead book for a live God.

    January 7, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Laffin2KeepFromCryin

    You guys are so funny.... I LOVE reading these comments....
    One crazy statement and/or article & the claws come out. IT'S NOT THAT SERIOUS....Who needs world wars..... we have the war of words on sites like this everyday!!! Be TRUE to thine ownself.... Thanks for the entertainment.

    January 7, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  24. JC Baby

    I don't see why all the so-called religious people on here are so angry about having their"lord and saviours" name used by or in the same sentence as these other people. Did your "lord" have nothing to do with the creation of these people? I don't get it. Did the "lord" create you and the devil created everyone else? it's messed up that you guys post all this hating but in the same sentence, have the audacity to preach about a god. Smarten up. If you want to spread the "good word", you need to stop damaging your own credibility by ranting about Christ returning to punish or whatever.... We don't buy it and when you get mad that we don't buy it, it just makes us wonder why you're mad about it....

    January 7, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  25. B Fro

    Thank you all for the fantastic reading material on my lunch break.

    January 7, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Nobody

    To those of you who seem to relish the idea of the guilty being judged...have you actually read the Bible? Do you have any idea what Jesus was really about? Do you think he would be proud of how you seem to derive so much pleasure at the idea of other people going to hell? You seem to forget that people who disagree with you aren't the only ones who will be judged. What will Jesus see when he looks into your hearts?

    January 7, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  27. TOMMY HAWK

    I can't wait until Jesus comes back to judge these buffoons!! For your information Jesus Christ was white! It can be easily seen in any old pictures of him. And on the day he returns, many of these people will be going to the darkside, which by the way is Hell, inside the center of the Earth below the ground. It's in the middle of the Earth, it's so hot down there you'll burn for ever n eternity

    January 7, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Jake

    @Kathy

    Really?

    "How dare they to put the name of my LORD GOD in the same sentence as these drug infested, low down, scum of the earth wanna be's. They should be on their knees thanking THE LORD GOD that they are still breathing. They should be seeking forgiveness for THE LORD JESUS CHRIST is coming very soon and all will have to reep what they sew. They don't deserve to even say HIS name. You will be judged very soon.................."

    Kathy, the fact that you can vote terrifies me.

    January 7, 2010 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  29. Ron G.

    @Evan: You must be a producer on this cartoon. @ Norman R. Allen Jr. The doomed statement from Evan truly applies to you and any other atheist. Have fun on the Darkside!

    January 7, 2010 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  30. NORM R. ALLEN JR.

    Thank God I'm an atheist!

    January 7, 2010 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  31. Evan

    You're all making a big deal out of nothing. Life is going to go on. The cartoon in question is a cartoon made for ADULTS being put out by a company known as ADULT SWIM. If you can't even get past that, then I fear we're all doomed.

    January 7, 2010 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  32. Brian

    Lil Wayne is not Christ Jesus, and everyone name jesus is not christ!! Pay it no mind. Got a couple homeboys in from Cali named Jesus – (Hay-zeus)...

    January 7, 2010 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  33. farah

    @Ron G......Thank you, you hit the jackpot;you couldn't say it more perfectly and we should leave it as that.

    January 7, 2010 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  34. Kathy

    How dare they to put the name of my LORD GOD in the same sentence as these drug infested, low down, scum of the earth wanna be's. They should be on their knees thanking THE LORD GOD that they are still breathing. They should be seeking forgiveness for THE LORD JESUS CHRIST is coming very soon and all will have to reep what they sew. They don't deserve to even say HIS name. You will be judged very soon..................

    January 7, 2010 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  35. Sammy Byrd

    lil'wayne is a dude who can move the generation and i feel the dude is brilliant in what he thinks of. i dont think nobody should knock him for tryna eat like we are.

    January 7, 2010 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  36. Sammy Byrd

    this how i look at it. lil wayne is a generation mover. he changed rap and did it just from creativity. the dude got a brilliant mind. ima rapper myself with NOOK and Off The Block Records and i know style,swagg, all of it and the dude lil'wayne is a all around creative person. people shouldnt hate on'em or knock his hustle. he tryna eat just like we are out here.

    January 7, 2010 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  37. Ron G.

    Who cares about any of this? The only reason I read it, was because they used Jesus and Lil Wayne's name in the same sentence. The project sounds like more ignorant garbage for our kids to see and I think that it is pitiful. These guys are modern day minstrels that make a lot of money acting like out of control drunken idiots that degrade women as well as themselves and dress like clowns. Our kids eat it up because someone made it the only thing for them to see as being glamorous! Lil Wayne should get to know Jesus in this next year and really come up with a plan on how to keep some of that money he is making and put it to good use. Right now, I don't think he has a clue!

    January 7, 2010 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  38. Lil Jesus

    Im pretty sure that when you say :God: in US its presumed to be the Judeao-Christian pantheon hornbeck. Lets not split hairs just because you are some kaballah or scientologist minority. Im sure CNN wasnt trying to preach... or were they!!!

    Victory is mine!!! mwhahahahahahaha

    January 7, 2010 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
  39. Hornbeck

    Really CNN? You're going to refer to Jesus as the "son of God?" You do realize that there are lots of religions and lots of gods and goddesses out there, don't you? And that there are lots of people who don't follow Christianity? Oh, you don't? Oh.

    January 7, 2010 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
  40. JoseF

    Niether Jesus nor any of the apostles were actualy white.

    January 7, 2010 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
  41. Obreyski

    @Phyllgrl

    Drake? Really? Is really he really a "wise man" of hip hop now? You do realise he was on Degrassi right? The teeny bop Canadian soap opera for kids?

    January 7, 2010 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
  42. Disgusting!

    This is a truly disgusting post. The fact that my Savior's name is being used in this manner is horrible. I work very hard teaching young people and men like Lil Wayne are a negative influence to say the least. He performed at a concert this week on a school night. Some of my students paid to see him, yet they had no idea what was on their test. I am glad I grew up in a time when we had positive entertainers, not people that were going to prison and singing about it. It is a sad day for our children. I pray for them every day.

    January 7, 2010 at 7:16 am | Report abuse |
  43. Antony

    Ha Ha thats funny I think they found a new chapter to the bible entitled "A reading from the thesolonians to kanye" 3:16 lol.

    January 7, 2010 at 7:06 am | Report abuse |
  44. dom

    Since when does adult swim care enough to release public statements like this? Why should they care?

    January 7, 2010 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
  45. Why?

    You people kill me with your uneccessary two cents. BTW what does Jay Z, Diddy and Drake have to do with Lil Wayne? I guess all black rappers are the same right!!!LOL SOOOO stereotypical and ignorant.... It kills me that everytime CNN mentions a rapper of any sort you people get on here and start going off!!! Most of you don't have a clue about what your speaking on and I promise you none of you are PERFECT!!!! Leave Kanye alone!!! Therefore let us stop passing judgement on one another. Instead make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother's (or anyones) way. Romans 14:13 @ Kaitlan that's from the Bible aka the greatest book ever written. He who is without sin throw the first stone........

    January 6, 2010 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Phllygrl

    and the 3 Wise Men..... Jay-Z, Diddy & Drake.

    January 6, 2010 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  47. IRS agent

    Lil wayne can be Jesus and Lil Kim can be Mary. Assuming they aren't behind bars at the time.

    January 6, 2010 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  48. TJ

    I dont think Jesus Christ ever got 4 different females prego at the same time... Lil wayne should focused on not getting his man hood taken in prison...

    January 6, 2010 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  49. suzycreamcheese

    Who is this kid and why is he taking himself so seriously?

    January 6, 2010 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Blackgirl

    Why is this news???? I love Wayne and all but I am truly puzzled as to why this is news....

    January 6, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  51. AJ

    Yo Kaitlin, I'mma let you finish, but the bible is the greatest story eva told, EVA TOLD!

    January 6, 2010 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Soundwave

    Kaitlin,

    He would be in the bible but to paraphrase a quote Chris Rock's character in the movie Dogma.

    "He should have been in the bible. He was the 13th apostle after all. But do you know why he wasn't? Cuz He's a black man. But keeping him out is ok because you still got 12 white boys."

    Done tongue in cheek.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  53. kaitlin

    I am sure Kayne West is going to feel left out... I mean he should be in the bible

    January 6, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |

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