The just released movie The Three Stooges is catching hell from The Catholic League for its portrayal of nuns — specifically Kate Upton — as Sister Bernice — who emerges from a swimming pool in a baaaad habit. The image is all over the Web and in the TV ads so I won’t post it here (though I did post the trailer a few months ago) so as not to compound any offense.
A spokesperson for the Catholic League was less than amused to see the Sports Illustrated cover model wearing a sacrilegiously skimpy black “nun-kini” and habit in her role as the voluptuous Sister Bernice in the screwball comedy reboot.
According to league spokesperson Bill Donohue, things were a lot less offensive when the original Stooges were “n’yuk n’yuking” six decades ago.
“In the 1950s, Hollywood generally avoided crude fare and was respectful of religion. Today it specializes in crudity and trashes Christianity, especially Catholicism,” Donohue said in a statement.
He went on to say that the reboot of the classic comedy trio says a lot of about the way society has changed, and not for the better.
“The movie is not just another remake: It is a cultural marker of sociological significance, and what it says about the way we’ve changed is not encouraging,” he continued.
“The TV show never mocked nuns or showed infants urinating in the face of the Stooges. The film does,” he said.
Studio executives at 20th Century Fox are defending the film as well as Upton’s performance as the statuesque Sister Bernice.
“The nuns that Mr. Donohue alludes to, are in fact, caring, heroic characters in the movie, albeit within the framework of a very broad comedy,” a Fox spokesperson said, per the Hollywood Reporter.
I agree that it is a cultural marker in terms of the original Stooges would probably have never have even thought of the gag much less been able to execute it in a public forum. I can’t say I was personally offended, but then while all believers in Christ are Christians it wasn’t a swipe at my denomination. I’d like to think the joke is just the juxtaposition of purity with the smokin’ hote Kate Upton, but any pretense of innocent fun has gone by the wayside in Hollywood’s very active war on religion in the past few decades.
The bigger question… is this a deal breaker? I would imagine the entirety of that scene has been shown in the TV ads and the trailer. Will you give your money either in the theater or at Redbox?