On the Curb Your Enthusiasm episode aired on Sunday, Larry David took a leak, some of it got on a painting of Jesus, a Catholic saw the painting later and thought the painting had miraculously wept, etc. Entertainment Weekly’s PopWatch readers find this (at present) the “cringe-iest”moment in the ep, beating “Larry grips belly fat to avoid death” by six points.
Some people are even more exercised and the profanation has the outrage mill in full churn.
“Would he think it comedic if someone urinated on a picture of his mother?” asks preeminent Catholic scold Bill Donohue. “This might be fun to watch, but since HBO only likes to dump on Catholics (it was just a couple of weeks ago that Sarah Silverman insulted Catholics on ‘Real Time with Bill Maher’), and David is Jewish, we’ll never know.”
We’ll probably never know how David’s Judaism protects him in this case, either, but The Conservative Gentleman tries to provide a test case by painting a Hitler mustache on David’s picture. “Now we have not had a serious axe to grind with Jews in the past,” says the Gentleman, “but we are unsheathing and sharpening it for this one… Jews wonder why people around the world hate them, why they’ve been hated for thousands of years. Jews like Larry David are why.” God, we’ve been waiting years for that explanation!
You may read similar opinions at white power site Stormfront (“Like they won’t be happy until people DO PERSECUTE them”), unless your blocking software disallows it.
Michael Savage, in a dramatic twist, comes to the defense of the Jews against Larry David. Savage believes David “needs to be stopped before he brings terrible calamity on the Jewish People” and suggests he is “an anti-Semite in Jew’s clothing,” as well as “a typical Brooklyn type” who, in typical rootless-cosmopolitan manner, “migrated out to Hollywood to produce this vulgarity.” Savage also blasts the negative image of Judaism promoted by Seinfeld, Woody Allen, etc. Please, no one tell him about Arnold Stang.
The Conservative Beacon asks why doesn’t David make fun of Muslims if he’s so brave, then answers himself: “We must be ultra-sensitive and sympathetic to Muslims as a result of 9/11. We must spare their feelings.” Another deathless question answered! Curb Your Enthusiasm should be reclassified as educational television.
Eventually critics bring out their biggest insult: David’s work resembles that of Andres Serrano. “Larry David’s ‘Piss Christ,'” cries Big Hollywood. “If a crucifix submerged in urine can be high art,” says Moonbattery, “why can’t urinating on portraits of Jesus be high comedy?”
Inevitably, boycotts are proposed. Christians “will turn the other cheek by not watching you and not visiting your sponsors,” claims Leaving Normal. “Cancel your HBO and tell your cable provider you will not subscribe to the appropriate plan until they remove it from their package,” proposes The Gray Morass.
Others worry about fallout. “I assume another publicity hungry freak will try to top peeing on The Savior of all Mankind,” says My Word and Welcome to It. Then he provides samples: “Pope answers ad on Craigslist to be a ‘host’ at an S & M party. We find out he likes to play the submissive male…” We hope he’s registered this with the WGA.
Well, it’s reached Fox News, quoting a blogger who demands an apology, so we assume the outrage has reached a head and will soon decline, to be replaced by some other anti-Christian menace — like the Hate Crimes Bill.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 28, 2009