The October 25 episode titled 'The Bare Midriff' is deemed a shameless jab at Catholic but HBO said it was 'playful'.
Last Sunday on "Curb Your Enthusiasm", Larry David's new pill has increased his flow so much it is causing him to splatter, which leads to a misunderstanding about a miraculously weeping Jesus in Maureen and her mother's bathroom. Immediately after the air time, Catholic groups came out with disapproving statements.
These groups are deeming the episode as offensive and tasteless jab at their religion. The Catholic League president Bill Donohue said in a statement, "...That's what passes for creativity these days. Was Larry David always this crude? Would he think it comedic if someone urinated on a picture of his mother?" Donohue suggests David to quit the show while he's ahead.
In a more angry tone, InsideCatholic.com's Deal Hudson said, "I don't think it's funny. 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. It's simply not a level playing field."
While the man under attack has not responded to the criticism, HBO has released a defensive statement, telling E! News, "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."