Religious Bigotry Exposed: Michael Morrow on The Minister Mike Show,
a new film based on the late Houston artist’s
critically-acclaimed television series, will be screened at the Rice Media Center on Saturday, April 16, 2005, at
7:00 pm and 9:00 pm.
Religious Bigotry will be presented by Tek Wilson and David Mumford who were Morrow’s creative partners. Given the current political and social landscape, Wilson and Mumford strongly believe that the divisive and incendiary issues originally addressed by The Minister Mike Show fifteen years ago are even more acute and perilous now.
Morrow, who died in 1994, left a legacy of work, satirizing televangelists who invoke Jesus to promote hatred and prejudice. Digitally remastered, the new film includes rare scenes and features a poignant, eleventh-hour interview in which Morrow discusses his inspirations and motivations.
Comically-brilliant, The Minister Mike Show won awards and caused a controversy when it first aired on Houston Public Access television in 1990.
According to Wilson, “Minister Mike was born in 1990, when Michael — a healthy, HIV-positive, gay man — saw a program on Houston’s local access station that changed his creative life forever.”
What he saw was Todd’s Greatest Regret, a program in which a Christian mother refuses to accept her son’s homosexuality. In fact, Todd’s mother asks Jesus to give her son AIDS, in order that he be brought more quickly to the Lord.
Many who saw Todd’s Greatest Regret struggled to understand how such behavior could be reconciled with any interpretation of the Christian faith.
“Todd’s Greatest Regret” still airs on Houston Media Source.
David Mumford added, “With media scrutinizing the issue of same-sex marriage, Christian groups claiming that homosexuality is a curable “disease”, and a new highly-resistant strain of HIV, sadly, the issues raised in The Minister Mike Show are still timely and relevant.”
Religious Bigotry is presented and distributed through Yaqi Productions, Inc., and will screen Saturday, April 16, 2005, at 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm, at the Rice Media Center (6100 Main Street, Stockton at University). Admission is $5.00.
For more information contact Rod Mitchell at 218-350-5506 or Email