Kate Upton's bikini scene in "The Three Stooges" is making some Catholics cringe, and it's not because she's showing too much cleavage.
The Sports Illustrated swimsuit model's skimpy "nun-kini" is fashioned after a habit and features a white-banded headdress and dangling crucifix that draws attention to her bountiful breasts.
A spokesman for a Catholic rights group lambasted 20th Century Fox for disrespecting the church. "The TV show never mocked nuns or showed infants urinating in the face of the Stooges," complained Bill Donohue, comparing the recently released movie to the 1960's television classic.
Upton plays a raunchy nun named Sister Bernice in the slapstick comedy reboot about three oafs with perennial bad hair days. A movie studio spokesman defended the 19-year-old model's role in the film, declaring, "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."
"As far as the nun attire, I think we did the audience a favour by letting Kate Upton wear the nun-kini rather than Larry David -- it could have gone either way," he added. Like Robin Williams in "Mrs. Doubtfire," David dresses in drag to play Sister Mary-Mengele in the film.
The former Seinfeld producer also appeared in a controversial "Curb Your Enthusiasm" episode in which the curmudgeonly character took a medication that caused him to urinate with more vigor. Some of his pee bounced off the toilet bowl and onto a painting of Jesus, who then appeared to be crying -- a coincidence that caused two gullible women to assume a miracle had occurred.
At the time, Donohue asked, "Was Larry David always this crude? Would he think it comedic if someone urinated on a picture of his mother."
Another celeb who aimed her comic dart at Catholics was Sarah Silverman, who in 2009 proposed the pope sell the Vatican to end world hunger. Comparing the church's head honcho to a caped crusader, she challenged the pope to sell his HQ and use the money to feed the world. "You preach to live humbly so now maybe it's time to sell your house that is a city," she suggested.
Meanwhile, two years ago, Lady Gaga incurred the wrath of many Catholics in a music video in which she ingested rosary beads, wore a latex nun's habit and, perhaps most sacrilegiously, held a crucifix near her privates while pretending to have sex with hunks in high heels."
The farce was too much for even girl-kissing Katy Perry who tweeted, "Using blasphemy as entertainment is as cheap as a comedian telling a fart joke."
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