A recent episode of the HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm has left a bad taste in the mouths of some viewers. Namely, members of the Catholic League have already voiced their opinion. Hopefully the rest of the Christian population in America will follow suit.
The episode in question, which follows the producer and star of the series, Larry David, shows him taking some medication which causes him to go to the bathroom more frequently than usual. As he is in there a drop of urine accidentally reaches a nearby portrait of Jesus, landing just below his eye. Later, some women mistake it for a tear and think it’s a miracle. In a statement from the president of the Catholic League, Phil Donahue, stated among other things: “Was Larry David always this crude? Would he think it comedic if someone urinated on a picture of his mother?” (see article here)
Personally, I’ve never understood the need of making fun of religion. I used to enjoy watching stand up comics on Comedy Central years ago. Many of them were clever and very funny but then, making fun of everything else, they’d end up saying something inappropriate about Jesus. Something that just wasn’t that funny. Actually, it’s not only jokes about Jesus or religion but the vulgarity in general. Makes you wonder just how far one will go for a laugh. I suppose it always bothered me in particular because I always enjoyed comedy so much and found a lot of these guys very funny and entertaining that it was such a disappointment to have to listen to them take it too far. In the end I just gave up. I’m sorry but the excuse It’s just a joke just doesn’t apply here. Some things in life aren’t meant to be a joke. Making fun of Hot Pockets isn’t the same as making fun of God. (BTW, long, long ago I think Bill Cosby did a pretty good job in his bit about Noah.) Things have gotten way out of hand.
At any rate, it’d be interesting to see just how much reaction this gets considering the fury of Muslims at the slightest insult to the name of Muhammad.