Kate Upton‘s costume in the Farrelly Brothers’ new “The Three Stooges” flick can only be described as … the ugliest thing I have ever seen. It can’t quite be called a bikini—thanks to those weird lace panels that criss-cross over her belly button—but you couldn’t safely call it a one-piece either. In the film, Upton plays a nun by the name of Sister Bernice. So why exactly is a nun wearing a swimsuit in the first place? I guess I’d have to watch the movie to find that out and that ain’t gonna happen. Sorry.
Whatever the reason for the wardrobe decision, the Catholic League is not amused.
“In the 1950s, Hollywood generally avoided crude fare and was respectful of religion,” League president Bill Donohue wrote last week. “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.”
Donohue continues, “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.”
Upon hearing Donohue’s complaints, a rep for 20th Century Fox gave a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.
“As the Stooges have proved over time, laughter is a universal medicine,” it reads. “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. And as far as the nun attire, I think we did the audience a favor by letting Kate Upton wear the nun-kini rather than Larry David — it could have gone either way.”