“The Office” star Rainn Wilson called out the “anti-Christian bias” in the entertainment industry over the weekend.
Wilson, who plays Dwight in the popular sitcom, was reacting to an episode of HBO’s “The Last of Us” which portrayed a pastor in a negative light.
“I do think there is an anti-Christian bias in Hollywood,” Wilson wrote in a tweet Saturday.
“As soon as the David character in ‘The Last of Us’ started reading from the Bible I knew that he was going to be a horrific villain,” Wilson explained.
The character was introduced in Episode 8 titled “When We Are in Need” in the post-apocalyptic TV series based on a video game.
Wilson, who is part of the Baha’i faith, finished his tweet with the question: “Could there be a Bible-reading preacher on a show who is actually loving and kind?”
His tweet has gone viral with almost six million views.
“Defamation of Christianity has become the most unoriginal and tired cliches in movie/TV series storylines. It’s prevalence is much more than a bias against an entire people, it is meant to undermine faith and position the secular-minded as only ones with altruistic intentions,” LIBRE Initiative president Daniel Garza tweeted.
“I lean left but Last of Us still made me roll my eyes quite a few times with its Hollywood nonsense. Had to stop watching,” Medium writer Sean Kernan commented.
Evie Magazine founder Brittany Martinez wrote, “As SOON as the pastor started reading from the Bible I knew he was going to be awful. I was like ‘watch that guy be David the creepy cannibal from the video game.’ And then it was David. Shocked. Surprised. Never seen it before. He wasn’t a pastor in the video game.”
“Let Us Worship” founder and singer-songwriter Sean Feucht added, “We’ve all known this for a long time, Rainn.”
Starnes Media Group managing editor Caleb Parke tweeted, “I’m glad Rainn Wilson is publicly acknowledging this. Entertainment impacts our culture and there’s tons of good pastors and faith leaders that would be inspirational and moving on the Big Screen.”
Wilson has previously compared his Baha’i religion to Christianity, telling students at Pepperdine University that Jesus and Bahá’u’lláh both taught followers about the importance of love and service.