Family Guy: Cleveland’s Church

I encountered this Family Guy clip recently. My understanding is that it’s an unfinished, unaired gag. I like how it digs at one of my pet peeves: the essentializing of a certain charismatic worship style as authentically “black” religion. (What peeves me is when scholars of African American religion become complicit in the essentialism.)

MEG: Well, Brian, if you won’t let me guide you to God, maybe you’ll find him in Cleveland’s church.

BRIAN: Huh. Not what I expected. It’s Cleveland and a bunch of white people.

CLEVELAND: [peeved] Oh, I bet you thought this was gonna be one of those “la la la” jumpin’ up and down churches…

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