Muslim advocacy group also blasts 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' episode

It’s not just Catholics who are causing a stir about the recent Curb Your Enthusiasm episode that featured Larry David’s character accidentally splattering urine on a painting of Jesus. The Washington, D.C.-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is now calling on HBO to apologize for the episode, in which Larry David’s character accidentally splattered urine on a painting of Jesus. CAIR’s national executive director Nihad Awad sent a letter to HBO chairman and CEO Bill Nelson, which read in part: “It is beyond tasteless to insult the religious sensibilities of billions of people in America and around the world with such a cheap and vulgar publicity stunt. Jesus, peace be upon him, is loved and revered by both Christians and Muslims. Muslims view him as one of God’s greatest messengers to mankind.”

The letter ended, “We understand the drive for ratings, but no one benefits from such a crude attempt to boost the network’s bottom line by manufacturing a religious controversy. HBO should apologize.”

Awad noted that Muslim American TV viewers had called CAIR to express their concerns about the show. CAIR is the largest Muslim advocacy and civil rights group in the U.S.

HBO’s statement in response to complaints yesterday was: “Anyone who follows Curb Your Enthusiasm knows that the show is full of parody and satire. Larry David makes fun of everyone, most especially himself. The humor is always playful and certainly never malicious.”

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  • Tom in STL

    Oh come on!

    • People for a Sanitary America

      I’m calling HBO and asking for an apology because Larry David did not wash his hands at the end of that scene. I’m offended and I want an apology right now! Dial Soap is backing me on this effort!!

    • Veritas

      “Anyone who follows Curb Your Enthusiasm knows that the show is full of parody and satire. Larry David makes fun of everyone, most especially himself. The humor is always playful and certainly never malicious.”

      Great! I am anxiously looking forward to when the show shows someone using the Talmud as toilet paper. Funny how all of HBO’s “parody and satire” is directed at Chritians (Maher, Silverman, David)

  • Brett

    It’s amazing to me that these people are just now getting their panties in a twist. Have they only recently been made aware of this show? It’s been on the air for nearly a decade. In terms of offending religious sensibilities, this episode barely registers compared to previous Curb episodes.

  • Jason

    Are you freaking kidding me???

  • David

    It’s encouraging to see some solidarity between the Christian and Muslim communities. I only wish it was inspired by women’s rights or terrorism, and not a foolish television show that would already be forgotten if people would stop calling attention to it.

  • Kim from Texas

    The great thing about HBO is that it is a pay channel. You can cancel the channel if you don’t like it. HBO will apologize if this controversy negatively impacts their subscriptions.

  • sal

    CAIR, the FBI Identified Front Group Created To Support HAMAS Terrorists sees an opportunity for some free publicity….

  • Russ

    Larry David and HBO should apologize. Its fine to be edgy or whatever, but last episode transgressed boundaries.

  • Russ

    sal, I’m curious what religion are you?

  • crispy

    Let’s hope this inspires Larry to do an episode where he poops on a portrait of Muhammad.

    • Chappel s

      Probably not a good idea. Upsetting some Christians can get the show boycotted. Upsetting some Muslims can get people killed. Many Muslims believe it is their DUTY to kill anyone who makes fun of, or criticizes, their religion. Just showing a picture of Mohammed is enough rile some Muslims up into a killing rage. While most religious people are harmless there have always been, and always will be, those who feel like their God wants them to kill people for the smallest of insults.

      • BeheadingClub

        Werd.

  • TONY

    I watch CURB all the time, I love it and I know what it’s all about.

    I am also a Christian and sorry Larry, but I was VERY offended by that one scene. By the time the mother and daughter were falling to their knees, I was turning off the television in disgust.

    There are some boundaries somewhere and I suppose even Larry David can step across his own every now and again.

    I still plan on watching the show – I am not some religious fanatic threatening to boycott a show I don’t even watch! Curb is one of the best comedies on television.

    But here I agree with the Muslims and the Catholics. He went too far.

  • Kim from Texas

    While I did feel like the show was way over the top and tasteless, I did feel like it was addressing a legitimate issue for Catholics/Christians. The issue is the one of finding miracles in today’s world which seem ridiculous, and the issue of worshipping images of Christ. A movie that addresses this exact same issue is “Henry Poole Is Here.” I recommend that people watch this movie to explore this issue in more depth.

  • Roma

    While I personally wouldn’t want to insult anyone’s religious sensibilities, I also would never want to stifle creativity and artistic license, including ability to satirize. If you don’t like it you don’t have to watch, but I am glad HBO is standing by the series and Larry David and not buckling to pressure to “sanitize” his show and freedom of expression. It is a slippery slope, folks…

    • Cindy

      I see that you’ve already slid down a slippery slope soaked in urine and feces. Would it be okay with you if someone peed on your pretty shoes as long as they laughed and said, “I was only joking!”?

      No. You are not welcome to pee on a picture of my Savior or dunk a cross in urine and call it “art”.

      He who stands for nothing will stand for anything.

      • zheng ye

        it was fiction. nobody really spilt pee during the show. Fiction. Perfect example of how today’s educators fail us, idiots can’t tell the difference between a television show and reality.

  • Adam

    Any political or religious figure has to be fair game at all times. No exceptions. None. If a piece of comedy offends your sensibilities, good: it was supposed to. The grand purpose of comedy is to undermine the things we take seriously, to subvert social norms and make us question what we revere. Sometimes that means deliberately angering people who hold respect for something that you do not. This may be the simplest argument in the book, but it’s also the most accurate: if you don’t like it, turn it off.

  • Jason

    I REALLY hope HBO and Larry David don’t stoop to apologizing. It’s unnecessary and ridiculous for anyone to call for it. It’s perfectly OK for the religious right to go out and bash homosexuals and anything that even slightly smacks of liberalism, but holy hell should be unleashed if a small bit of humor can be found in satirizing a small group of their own who the majority of people find ridiculous anyway (Mary in a tostada, anyone?). Not only should LD be able to criticize/satirize anyone he wants to, but it seems especially crazy that most of the people calling him out aren’t even accurate in what they are criticizing. The ONLY thing that can be justifiably criticized about the episode was its worth as comedy (which I happened to fine funny). As Seinfeld said in one of his episodes when asked about whether a dentist telling jokes about Jews offended him: “It doesn’t offend me as a Jew, it offends me as a comedian!”

  • shakespeare

    Its so easy to go after religion, why not pick on a liberal for a change.

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