I think everybody knows about Jack Black in terms of lighthearted comedy movies
School of Rock
Nacho Libre(my favorite)
and some know him for his controversial material
joking around about Satan likes its not a big deal(which as I understand it its because he really doesn’t have any real spirituality which I will cover)
How his video game Brütal Legend portrays the church(personally I just like 3D platformer games, I loved Banjo and Kazooie and Alice Madness Returns and I was just searching for good 3D platformers on Steam) plus adventure games (grew up with most of the Legend of Zelda games)
However after seeing Tenacious D which if it is indeed a ridiculous Tall Tale of Jack’s actual life I think I understand a bit of why he seems to have this passive aggressive beef with religion, notably ours.
Trauma from a controlling fundamentalist family (a lot of atheists I know were from fundamentalist households) though he probably wasn’t aware of the Fundamentalist’s vitriolic hatred of the Catholic Church and the true nuanced history and beliefs
The characters he portrays even in Brütal Legend do show a lot of virtues that align with our beliefs, Eddie Riggs from Brütal Legend has shown a lot of virtues of selflessness, friendship, self-sacrifice, and defending the weak I forget that the villains have a perverted Catholic Church Aesthetic
Jack seems to have the wrong impression that the Church and God are pair of petty unforgiving control-freaks who toy with peoples lives and keep them stupid and that those of darkness are trying to liberate them. Basically Jack seems to mistaken God and Lucifer for the Greek Gods and Prometheus.
In other words when Jack through his characters talk about freedom, justice, and doing the right thing and not let others control what your free will, the church completely agrees with him, the Church believes all forms of art, including metal, can be used, God has given everyone the right to live and choose their path, and we aren’t as controlling and manipulative as the rest of the world makes us out to be.
Yes, we have committed wrongs, we admit them, which for those of the church has hurt may feel like thats not enough, but what do you expect from fallen man?
my point is, Jack Black while has much rancid sex jokes and in a passive way complains about us, seems to also share a lot what we believe in but due to being abused in a controlling, holed-up, isolationist and idolatrous sect has who is good and bad backwards
I tend to think we should try confronting such things than insulate ourselves, it makes us look cowardly and childish when if we are spiritually mature enough can handle and respond to criticism