In one of the newest episodes, a Christian cult led by a preacher named David invokes Scripture to defend their cannibalism.
The Office actor Rainn Wilson, who is best known for his role as Dwight, blasted Hollywood’s “anti-Christian attitude” in a tweet this past weekend.
Wilson’s tweet addressed the portrayal of a cannibalistic Christian preacher in a recent episode of Pedro Pascal’s hit HBO zombie series The Last of Us.
“I do think there is an anti-Christian bias in Hollywood,” Wilson said. “As soon as the David character in ‘The Last of Us’ started reading from the Bible I knew that he was going to be a horrific villain.”
“Could there be a Bible-reading preacher on a show who is actually loving and kind?” Wilson asked.
I do think there is an anti-Christian bias in Hollywood. As soon as the David character in “The Last of Us”
started reading from the Bible I knew that he was going to be a horrific villain. Could there be a Bible-reading preacher on a show who is actually loving and kind?— RainnWilson (@rainnwilson) March 11, 2023
The Last of Us, which is based on the same-named, critically acclaimed video game, shows a post-apocalyptic world where the main characters must continually flee from swarms of undead and psychotic antagonists.
In one of the most recent episodes, a Christian cult led by David, a preacher, uses Scripture to defend their practice of cannibalism.
Ellie, the show’s lead female character, is 14 when David the preacher also makes an attempt to rape her.
Some Twitter users who responded to Wilson’s tweet noted that the program altered the video game character David by making him a preacher on purpose to criticize Christianity.
“As SOON as the pastor started reading from the Bible I knew he was going to be awful. I was like ‘watch that guy be David the creepy cannibal from the video game.’ And then it was David. Shocked. Surprised. Never seen it before. He wasn’t a pastor in the video game,” one Twitter user responded.
A Twitter user replying to Wilson’s tweet attacked Catholic priests, saying, “Hey maybe they could do a show about Catholic priests and all their fine work with children. Oh wait…” In response to this tweet, Catholic podcaster Patrick Neve said: “You read ‘anti Christian bias’ and thought he was asking for a demonstration.”
Many people who are accustomed to Hollywood’s attacks on Christianity were surprised by Wilson’s remarks because he is one of the most well-known TV actors. Wilson calls himself a “spiritual being,” and he has in the past praised the Baha’i faith.
“Defamation of Christianity has become the most unoriginal and tired cliches in movie/TV series storylines. Its prevalence is much more than a bias against an entire people, it is meant to undermine faith and position the secular-minded as only ones with altruistic intentions,” another user responded to Wilson’s tweet.
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