With the publication last week of an ancient text being called the ‘Gospel of Judas,’ the ultimate bad boy of the Bible is suddenly enjoying a complete image reversal.
In the text, Judas apparently comes across as a devout follower who did anything but betray Christ with a quick peck on the cheek. If true, and if he were still alive, Mr. Iscariot would no doubt be making the rounds of all the morning talk shows, as well as Leno, Letterman and, of course, Oprah.
One can imagine the interview with Oprah…
Oprah: "OK, oK, calm down, ladies. Calm down. Jesus, I haven’t seen this much excitement since George Clooney was here a few months back. So, anyway, Judas, may I call you Judas? Great. Tell me, how tough has it been for you these past two centuries, knowing deep down that you really were a good guy?"
Iscariot: "Difficult to be sure Oprah but, as they say, what doesn’t kill you makes you tougher."
Oprah: "I hear you. That’s true, ladies, don’t you agree? So, anyway, Judas, darling, now that your gospel has been found and your image is totally turned around, what do you see yourself doing moving forward?"
Iscariot: "Well, my agent has already been in negotiations with several top companies and I’m blessed, absolutely blessed, with a couple of sweetheart deals."
Oprah: "Revelations. Please, we love revelations."
Iscariot: "The book?"
Oprah: "No, silly, we like gossip. Tell us about your deals."
Iscariot: "Well, Nike has signed me to endorse a new line of sandals, Bennigan’s has added a signature last supper item that I’ve created especially for them and, how cool and how smart is this? Chapstick is producing a Judas model for what they’re calling that ‘extra special kiss.’ I couldn’t be more pumped, Oprah."
Oprah: "Well, we’re pumped for you, Judas. Especially considering what you’ve gone through. You’re a good guy. Will you come back and see us again soon?"
Iscariot: "Absolutely, in fact, I’m planning on writing a sequel to my Gospel and hope to have that out around Labor Day. Maybe I can come on the show and talk about that?"
Oprah: "Fabulous. Just make sure you do some serious fact checking first. Don’t want any more James Frey debacles on my hands. Anyway, we’ll be right back in a minute with Samuel L. Jackson."