Some Catholics say Larry David's 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' went too far with Jesus 'pee' episode
Some Catholics have a message for Larry David: Curb it.
Religious groups are incensed by last Sunday’s episode of the HBO comedy “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” saying it lambasted Catholic belief in miracles. Groups have called on the network to apologize, but HBO is sticking by what it calls a “parody.”
“Larry David has gotten away with murder,” said Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League, a religious advocacy group. “Let him go and pee on the face of the president, and then let him explain to African-Americans that it was all in jest.”
During the scene, David pees in the bathroom and a drop of urine splashes on an image of Jesus Christ after medication causes him to lose control of his facilities. The comedian’s assistant interprets the yellow droplet as Jesus’s tears, and begins praying with her mother.
“Jokes like that are just lazy,” said Hannah Lucas, 27, a SoHo resident who is Catholic.
Immediately after the spoof aired, the Catholic League called on tens of thousands of its members to lash out at HBO chairman Bill Nelson by e-mail.
In a statement, HBO said that the show’s audience knows it’s a satire.
“The humor is always playful and certainly never malicious,” the statement read.
Many New Yorkers weren’t bothered by the episode.Lighten up. It’s funny,” said Anthony Cook, 41, of the Bronx.
A HBO spokesman said Thursday that that network had gotten some e-mails about the episode, but not “an excessive amount.”
Anndrew Vacca contributed to this story.