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Kate Upton in Sexy Bikini (Photo) as a Nun in "The Three Stooges" Has Catholic League Upset

Apr 15, 2012
Kate Upton's character wears a nun-bikini in The Three Stooges.

Supermodel Kate Upton shoves her sexy curves into a bikini for a living, but her appearance dressed as a nun in a tiny swimsuit for "The Three Stooges" has some very upset.

The criticism comes from one of the nun characters portrayed by the 19-year old swimsuit model and Seinfeld co-creator Larry David.

Upton’s character wears a nun-bikini, while David’s character Sister Mary-Mengele is named after Nazi “Angel of Death” Josef Mengele.

The full text of Catholic League president Bill Donohue’s complaint is below:

In the 1950s, Hollywood generally avoided crude fare and was respectful of religion. Today it specializes in crudity and trashes Christianity, especially Catholicism. Enter the “The Three Stooges.” This movie is not just another remake: it is a cultural marker of sociological significance, and what it says about the way we’ve changed is not encouraging.

Peter and Bobby Farrelly have been working on this movie since 1999. According to David Germain, an AP movie critic, the brothers “never wanted to tinker with the Stooges.” Dennis Lim in the New York Times agrees, saying the brothers “strove for absolute fidelity to the original.” CBS News also cites their “loyalty to the subject.”

They’re all wrong. Yes, the slapstick is there, along with the groans, pokes, thumps, and the like. But the TV show never mocked nuns or showed infants urinating in the face of the Stooges. The film does.

The Stooges are depicted seeking to raise money for their orphanage; it is run by habit-wearing, stereotypical nuns. One of the sisters is played by swimsuit model Kate Upton; she is shown wearing a “nun bikini” with a large rosary around her neck. Another nun, Sister Mary-Mengele, named after the Nazi war criminal, is played by Seinfeld creator Larry David.

See more photos of Kate in a bikini.

In 2009, David proved what he thinks about Catholics when he was shown going to the bathroom in a Catholic home splattering urine on a picture of Jesus (it was his own show). Last night he said to Conan O’Brien that dressing as a nun in the film makes it easy to understand why nuns are “so mean.” He explains, “You know, the outfits might have something to do with that. Forget about the fact that they never have sex. If you gave me a choice of no sex or having to wear that outfit the rest of my life, I would definitely take the no sex.”

Meanwhile Kate has signed up to front a new anti-bullying campaign.

The Sports Illustrated cover girl has filmed a public service announcement for, urging parents and children to help stamp out bullying in schools.

In the ad, Upton states, "Thirteen million kids will be bullied in the U.S. this year... It's a widespread and serious problem... It's not a phase children should have to go through."

And she also suggests parents should display "model behavior by treating others with respect."

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