In Sunday’s HBO broadcast of "Curb Your Enthusiasm," Larry David’s character urinated on a painting of Jesus Christ, making a woman believe that a miracle had occurred when she saw what looked like tears. That act, which in the comedy was caused by a prostate drug, has some people and critics up in arms, reports Fox 411.
Deal Hudson, of InsideCatholic.com, was offended, saying, "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."
HBO stood by Larry David in a statement that read, "Anyone who follows ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ knows that the show is full of parody and satire. The humor is playful and certainly never malicious."
[EDITOR’S NOTE: Just to clarify for those who did not see the episode–as some readers have commented below–what happens, the Fox article says, is that David "visits a bathroom in his assistant’s home and splatters urine on a picture of Jesus. Instead of wiping it off, David leaves the restroom. Minutes later, David’s assistant enters the bathroom and concludes that Jesus is crying. She then summons her mother to the bathroom, where both women kneel in prayer." The splattering up onto the picture occurred while David was peeing in a toilet.]
–Allison J. Waldman