Everyone loves a scandal and the upcoming Hulu documentary, God forbid: The sex scandal that brought down a dynastycasts a very unfavorable light on the so-called Christian family, the Falwells. Here’s everything we know about the documentary, including the release date, what it entails, and the showrunners who are bringing it to the streaming platform.
To understand the magnitude of the Falwell scandal depicted in God forbidthere is anything you need to know about Jerry Falwell Jr.’s father, Jerry Sr. Falwell Sr., a prominent Baptist pastor, founded the Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg, Virginia’s megachurch in 1967. He later founded the United States’ most influential church evangelical college, Liberty University.
Falwell Sr. ran into legal troubles over the years, but the most notorious incident revolved around Larry Flynt and his porn magazine. hustlers. The publication ran a parody of an interview with Falwell Sr. and he sued Flynt. Flynt was ordered to pay $200,000 for emotional distress.
When Falwell Sr. died in 2007, Falwell Jr. followed in his father’s footsteps as President of Liberty University. That is, until a 2020 sex scandal forced him to resign from the position. Falwell Jr. posted a photo to Instagram showing him with his arm around a younger woman. He also held a glass of dark liquid in one hand and both pants were undone. He claimed they were at a costume party on a yacht. However, journalists said they felt it violated Liberty University’s code of conduct. Former Liberty instructor Mark Walker called for Falwell Jr. to resign.
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In August 2020, reporters contacted Falwell Jr. about an alleged affair his wife Becki had with a lifeguard in 2012. God forbid dives into the scandal and sheds light on it.
The Hulu Overview for God forbid It reads: “Giancarlo Granda, former lifeguard at the Fontainebleau Hotel, shares the intimate details of his 7-year relationship with a charming older woman, Becki Falwell, and her husband, evangelical Trump-loyal Jerry Falwell Jr.”
The synopsis also adds that the documentary “outlines Granda’s involvement in the Falwells’ seemingly perfect life and the overarching impact that affair had on a presidential election.”
Anyone wanting to watch the upcoming Hulu documentary won’t have to wait long. God forbid Premieres November 1, 2022, exclusively on Hulu. Showrunners behind the film include director Billey Corben, who also served as executive producer. Also working on the project were Alfred Spellman for Rakontur and HyperObject’s Adam McKay and Todd Schulman.
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