View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Boycott FX - and Denis Leary

The FX Network is home to Denis Leary's show, Rescue Me.

On a recent Comedy Central television special, Leary performed an anti-Catholic rant that was so offensive the Catholic League issued a protest.

I saw some of Leary's shtick - I couldn't stomach all of it - and the League is right to protest. It was vile.

This from the Catholic League:

The standup special opens with a clip of Pope Benedict XVI talking to a crowd. But there is a voice-over that is dubbed in to make it seem like he is discussing priestly sexual abuse. Leary then appears on a stage with a large illuminated Cross in the background; he prances around extending his middle finger at it. On stage with him is a singing trio of women dressed as nuns in habit wearing short skirts.

The clip of the pope has him screaming, "Heil Hitler," proclaiming, "Oh yeah, I'm the f***ing pope, for Christ's sake, the god**** Fuehrer." The pope then introduces Leary as Father Denis Leary and he proceeds to mimic confession. Here are some of the lines:

· "Bless me, Father, for I have sinned—yeah, pull down my pants and put your penis in"
· "Thou shalt not kill and Thou shalt not lie, and don't drop the soap when the pope is nearby. Cause they may hate gays but they do love the guys"
· "Well, the nuns are goin' down on other nuns, and the priests are chasin' after altar boy buns, and the pope will move you when the damage is done"
· "Jesus, Mary and Josephine, well this church is full of some giant queens, so break out the candles and the Vaseline"

Comedy Central released this hate-filled video right after President Obama called for an end to incivility. In effect, they stuck their middle finger in his face. These people want more than a culture war—they want it to spill over into the streets.

I wrote to the folks at FX to say I was not going to watch their network until an apology is issued and Leary is somehow reprimanded.

Boycott FX!


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