29: Is It Time to Mute John Crist?

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*Trigger warning: This episode contains references to sexual assault. 

Comedian John Crist made his return to public comedic work last week with an “apology” video. We talk about the allegations levelled against him by five women in November 2019 after which Netflix canceled his special and WaterBrook & Multnomah canceled his book.

We discuss:

How does Purity Culture influence the way we talk about sexual abuse?

What is an abuse of power?

What does a sincere apology look like and how can we make amends when we’ve done wrong?      

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For more on the subject of abuse and evangelicals:

10: Purity Culture & Trauma with Dr. Heather Davediuk Gingrich
11: Healing After Trauma with Dr. Heather Davediuk Gingrich
23: Ravi Zacharias, Josh Harris, and the Myth of Christian Heroes

Show Notes:

John Crist Cancels 2019 Tour Dates After Reports of Sexting, Harassment, Manipulation by Taylor Berglund for Charsima News

Jeremiah Warren

John Crist’s Netflix special, book on hold amid sexual harassment allegations by Emily McFarlan Miller for Religion News Weekly

The Struggle & Upside of being a Christian Comic

John Crist: A Christian comedian who’s gently poking fun at faith by Dave Paulson for The Tennessean

My Story: Compassion, John Crist, Women in Pain, and the Call for Church to be a Safe Space by Kristina on The Define the Relationship Blog

The Thinking Processes of Sexual Predators by Stanton E. Samenow Ph.D

Comedian John Crist: ‘The Biggest Hypocrite was Me’ by Kate Shellnut for Chrstianity Today

John Crist returns with first comedy bit from Tenn. Waffle House by Jeannie Law for the Christian Post  

Louis C.K. and Aziz Ansari have an opportunity for redemption. They’re squandering it. by Anna North for Vox