Larry David Makes Jesus Cry, Angers Catholics

A couple of groups found no humor in last week's Curb Your Enthusiasm, in which Larry splashes a little urine on a painting of Jesus

By Natalie Finn Oct 29, 2009 1:10 AMTags
Larry David, Curb Your EnthusiasmHBO / Ron Batzdorff

Should Larry David have curbed his urine stream on last week's Curb Your Enthusiasm?

The plot thread in which Larry's midriff-showing assistant thinks her mom's painting of Jesus is crying because of Larry's bathroom backsplash has a couple of Catholic groups on the offensive against what they perceive as a tasteless, persecutorial jab against their religion.

"I don't think it's funny," publisher Deal Hudson told "Why is it that people are allowed to publicly show that level of disrespect for Christian symbols? If the same thing was done to a symbol of any other religions—Jewish or Muslim—there'd be a huge outcry. It's simply not a level playing field."

Hudson thinks an apology is in order.

But Curb is indeed an equal-opportunity lampooner. No character is safe from being made to look like an ass.

"Anyone who follows Curb Your Enthusiasm knows that the show is full of parody and satire," HBO said in a statement to E! News.

"Larry David makes fun of everyone, most especially himself. The humor is always playful and certainly never malicious."

From Larry's racist dog, Sheriff, to his way with lesbians to his assumption that a black man wearing a bow tie has to be Muslim (not to mention that whole "Wendy Wheelchair" thing from the week before), nobody makes it out of that half-hour sitcom unscathed.

Catholic League president Bill Donohue, however, thinks HBO has been a hotbed of Catholic jokes lately and that David, his best days behind him, should "quit while he's ahead."

Well, just so long as he doesn't quit before he gets back together with Cheryl! He's so close!


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