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Tina spoof outrages Christians

Tina C, the trashy country diva created by comic Chris Green, has been causing a storm among Christians in South Africa.

The character’s show, Rhinestone Cowgirl, has been accused of blasphemy with audience members have been storming out of  the Cape Town gigs in protest.

His biggest sin appears to be singing the Lord's Prayer to the tune of Achy Breaky Heart, and other tracks suggested by the audience.

As well as the walk-outs, the venue, called On Broadway, has reportedly been sent a barrage of angry emails.

Venue publicist Glenda Eberlien told the Cape Argus: ‘Generally people have been complaining that the show has been blasphemous.’

In one e-mail, George Willis, of Johannesburg, said: "We were disgusted, to say the least’ and went on to call Tina C ‘some amateur who obviously doesn't have a career in America and therefore decided South Africa would welcome her/him. I think not.’

On Broadway owner Russell Shapiro told the paper: ‘Lots of people do not understand that it is satire and walk out. They are not appreciating the humour behind the blasphemy. I think the show is absolutely brilliant.’

Brighton-based Green’s three-week run at the venue ends this weekend.

Published: 27 Jul 2005

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