Musical comedian Tim Minchin was scheduled to be on a super-popular Christmas special on British television. Not only was he scheduled, he wrote a song specifically for the program, showed up to the taping and performed the shit out of said song. Cameras were rolling. It was done. And then producers demanded the song be totally cut from the special.
That’s the Christmas unmiracle that went down on the Jonathan Ross Christmas special on British network ITV. You see, Minchin’s song, “Woody Allen Jesus” was deemed inappropriate and possibly offensive to viewers– despite the fact that the show’s lawyers had read all the lyrics and approved the ditty long before Minchin even showed up to perform! So what was so horrible about the song, wherein the London-based, Australian-born musician likens Jesus Christ to iconic comedian Woody Allen? Well, you can watch his performance below and see for yourself. Luckily, Minchin had possession of the footage before it was cut from the special, which is scheduled to air tonight.
On his official website, Minchin called out ITV’s director of television Peter Fincham as the one who made the decision to delete him from the show (Though Fincham said on Twitter he had nothing to do with it). “[Fincham] did this because he’s scared of the ranty, shit-stirring, right-wing press, and of the small minority of Brits who believe they have a right to go through life protected from anything that challenges them in any way,” Minchin wrote, later adding, “I have to admit I’m really fucking disappointed.”
And the 600+ commenters on Minchin’s site are disappointed as well– not to mention the thousands of others who won’t get to see his brilliant musical comedy work on television tonight. But, no matter. The highly successful Minchin will continue to entertain and inspire audiences worldwide– even without the feather in his cap that would’ve been the Jonathan Ross Chrismas special.
And while we’re at it, if you’ve never seen or heard or just want to check it out again, Minchin’s ode to Christmas “White Wine in the Sun,” you really must. So here it is.