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Jakarta Post

Local comics tread fine line between humor, blasphemy

  • Karina M. Tehusijarana

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, November 7 2018   /  01:08 am

Tretan Muslim and Coki Pardede (Twitter.com/@TretanMuslim)On Oct. 20, up-and-coming comedian Tretan Muslim uploaded the latest episode of his comedic cooking series “Last Hope Kitchen” onto YouTube.

Ten days later, after accusations of blasphemy, widespread criticism and numerous death threats, Tretan and fellow comedian Coki Pardede announced that they were resigning from comedy group Majelis Lucu Indonesia and the Indonesian entertainment scene in general.

The video was meant to be funny. Some Muslims, however, failed to get the joke and were more insulted than amused.

In the video, Tretan, a Muslim, teamed up with Coki, a Christian, to cook pork with date syrup and honey at the series’ usual setting of a building rooftop at night.

Tretan joked that he could hear the pork saying “Hell, hell, the fires of hell!” and the two speculated about whether...