Hilarious 'Three Stooges' Nuns Don't Warrant Catholic League's Fury (VIDEO)

Jane Lynch as a nun in Three StoogesBecause Hollywood (and apparently, not even the Farrelly brothers) still can't seem to figure out how to have an original thought, one of the most anticipated flicks at the box office this weekend is The Three Stooges. Being that the film is based on the classic slapstick shorts of the same name, you'd think it would be pretty harmless, but The Catholic League is taking issue with it, because of the way it portrays nuns.

Although, I guess they don't have a problem with the nun Jane Lynch plays. Catholic League president Bill Donohue is annoyed with the "nun bikini" -- or rather, "nun-kini," ha -- and large rosary worn by Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Kate Upton and also the nun-in-drag played by Larry David named Sister Mary-Mengele (after famous Nazi Josef Mengele).


Specifically, he takes issue with how Hollywood today "specializes in crudity and trashes Christianity, especially Catholicism." Wah wah. A spokesperson for Fox, the studio behind Stooges, responded to Donohue, explaining:

As the Stooges have proved over time, laughter is a universal medicine. 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.

In other words, Donohue and other uptight, oversensitive critics of the flick need to chill out. Judging from what's been floated out there to promote the film and what critics have to say, Upton and David's nun characters are harmless. And they certainly aren't a move to "trash Christianity." Instead, it sounds like their kooky nuns are all in good fun.

You can take Jane Lynch's word for it. The Glee star -- who was raised Catholic, FYI -- spoke recently to Access Hollywood about how she felt about portraying a nun in Stooges. According to her, not only was the entire experience was a blast, but the end result is a hoot. In fact, she actually makes me want to see the film, if only because Larry David's character sounds HILARIOUS! 

Seems to me like Donohue could learn a thing or two from Lynch's lighthearted take on Stooges' portrayal of nuns and Catholicism. 

Here's the interview where Lynch talks about playing a nun ...

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Image via 20th Century Fox/threestooges.com

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