Of course, Harvard made a musical featuring Jesus and Judas in gay Asian love relationship

Further proof that an Ivy League education isn’t worth what it used to be came courtesy of a new student-produced musical about Judas Iscariot told in the style of a “gaysian love story” that one participant concluded was most assuredly, “not heretical.”

Marxist ideologies like critical race theory, gender theory and queer theory have advanced far from outlier topics of discussion at universities to subjects covered in K-12 education across the nation. As such, the envelope has only further been pushed toward radicalization as demonstrated by the limited release of “ISCARIOT” from Dec. 1 – Dec. 4 at Harvard’s Agassiz Theater.

The play executive produced and created by Harvard gender studies and theater student Sophie Kim was described to the Harvard Crimson as “a heretical gaysian love story–gaysian being a portmanteau of gay and asian.”

With the roles of Judas and Jesus both played by actresses, Kim went on to tell the outlet, “Jesus and Judas are high school seniors at a fancy high school in Hollywood. They are both kind of outsiders in the preppy club of the Disciples. They team up to win prom king and then shenanigans ensue. There’s a betrayal. There’s a crucifixion.”

“It’s pretty much ‘Wicked’ meets ‘High School Musical’ and ‘Jesus Christ Superstar,'” she added.

As described by the Crimson, “The musical, conceptualized by Kim in fall of 2021 and partially inspired by a meme on Tumblr, reimagines Judas Iscariot as a queer Asian American high school senior who falls in love with Jesus, betrays him, and learns to take control of his own narrative.”

Maddie Sebastian, the Berklee College of Music student portraying Judas claimed despite the creator’s own qualifier, “it is not heretical.”

“The message of the show is not that religion sucks, or that God isn’t real, or Jesus isn’t real,”  We’re not saying any of that,” Sebastian argued seemingly from a perspective that the Bible is a work of fiction. “It is merely just a retelling of a work of literary merit,”

Meanwhile, co-music director Jennifer Arakaki promoted the progressive messaging of the musical and told the Crimson. “‘ISCARIOT’ has been a really good lesson about reclaiming the space I deserve and also recognizing my own individuality and not allowing the prophecy of the awkward, middle space that Asian Americans always take up. Not letting that be my destiny.”

Earlier this year, “Fox & Friends Weekends” co-host Pete Hegseth captured the disdain that many have grown to feel toward woke universities when he scribbled “return to sender,” along with other missives, on his masters degree diploma from Harvard and said in part, “I don’t want to elevate the prestige of Harvard, considering what Harvard has become.”

“The head chaplain at Harvard today…is an atheist. This was a university founded by John Harvard with the original motto of ‘for the glory of Christ,'” he explained. “When you look at the ubiquitousness of critical theory, of Marxist thinking, or racist thinking, frankly, inside Harvard, why are we holding it up as the vanguard of what is the imprimatur of what makes something credible or something we should seek?”

That chaplain, Greg Epstein, was quoted by The New York Times saying upon his appointment, “We don’t look to a God for answers. We are each other’s answers.”

The trailer for the production can be viewed below:



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