American Jesus Laughs Off Boycott.
California rockers American Jesus stay true to form and laugh off a recent call for a boycott of their band from a Southern Minister.
The trouble started when Rev. Clement S. Wagner’s 19-year-old daughter brought an American Jesus CD home with her during Winter break from college. The reverend who heads a small congregation in Chupaloo, Mississippi spotted the American Jesus “Spiritual Prozac” CD among his daughters belongings and immediately launched a campaign with his followers and other ministers to boycott “these agents of Satan”.
American Jesus frontman Ronnie Kustes laughs off Wagner’s call for a boycott, “Everyone knows Southern Baptists don’t dance,” says Kustes. “It’s not like these people would buy our CD anyway. So it’s a real joke at its foundation. When I got the letter from this crackpot in the mail, I framed it!”
“Fundamentalists are always judging books by their covers,” says Kustes. “How much do you want to bet he didn’t even bother to listen to the music?” When asked about his low opinion of Fundamentalist Christians Ronnie explains, “I think they give Christianity a bad name, if they would have been around in Christ day they surely would have been Pharisees and Scribes. Maybe there are some hidden passages in the New Testament that I missed that teaches intolerance? I happen to find the exact opposite message.”
Kustes who has been known to say to live audiences “Hello Sinners! We are American Jesus and we’re here to save your soul for Rock and Roll!” takes the misunderstanding of his band’s name in stride. “You didn’t find Jesus hanging out with the devout and faithful. No, he hung out with the misfits and prostitutes. If he were alive in American today, I can totally see him as a rock star! What a better way to spread his message than with music?” laughs Kustes. “Our name is a tongue in cheek reference to that possibility, we’re not out trying to give Jesus a bad name. And don’t worry we are not a Christian band trying to convert people through music either. We’re just a rock band trying to make the best music we can.”
“Some misguided people call rock ‘devil music,’” says Ronnie “If you ask me I think Satan probably listens to Rap”.
As for Rev. Wagner’s boycott, Ronnie simply says, “ If he found the songs on ‘Spiritual Prozac’ offensive just wait until he hears our new song ‘Star F***er’!”