This fall, the Showtime movie channel will air its sixth season of "Dexter," their show glorifying a just serial killer. They recently finished a fourth season of a show called "Californication." It debuted in 2007, with a dream sequence in which the lead character receives oral sex from a nun in a church. So it might seem surprising (or...perhaps not) that Showtime's new promotional package for the fall wraps Showtime characters around...Christianity. The new slogan is "Showtime Saves."
The low point in this perverse campaign is the visuals of the murderous Dexter character with golden-sunshine rays of holiness. Their St. Dexter the just-serial-killer routine matches the trailer for season six, where Dexter beats in the head of a man with a Jesus tattoo on his chest. This (set ital) Christian (end ital) (smirk, sniff) killed his wife rather than undergo a messy divorce, which makes Dexter the righteous judge and jury. Before he's whacked with a hammer, the wife-killer screams "God is a mighty fortress! And I have been washed in the blood of the Lamb! And He will protect me!"
In Hollywood, or at least at the CBS Corporation, which owns Showtime, it seems the only good Christian is a dead, hypocritical Christian.
As the website MediaReallyMatters.com proclaimed to CBS: "The God you describe is not the benevolent and loving God millions of us know and worship -- and your sacrilegious promotions, twisting his words to promote your lowlife shows are not at all clever or funny to millions of Americans."
The trailer also features clips of Dexter with the soundtrack of the old Depeche Mode pop song about "your own personal Jesus, someone to hear your prayers, someone who cares." Next to blood splatters, the red text on screen reads "This fall, he'll make you a believer." Underneath the official Showtime promotional video on YouTube, it promises, "Get ready for the most rapturous season yet."
While that pop song lyrically proclaims, "reach out and touch faith," that's not exactly what "Dexter" is about. In season two, Dexter proudly proclaimed his atheism in a narration at a church: "If I believed in God -- if I believed in sin -- this is the place where I'd be sucked straight to Hell...if I believed in Hell."