DENIS LEARY DEFAMES POPE, PRIESTS AND NUNS
Catalyst March Issue 2011
Recently, Comedy Central aired “Denis Leary & Friends Present Douchebags & Donuts.” A couple of days later, Comedy Central Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Entertainment released the DVD nationwide. After watching the opening segment of the video, we were quick to address it.
The standup special opened with a clip of Pope Benedict XVI talking to a crowd with his voice dubbed over to make it seem like he was discussing priestly sexual abuse. The clip of the pope had 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.
Leary then appeared on a stage with a large illuminated Cross in the background; he pranced around extending his middle finger at it. On stage with him was a singing trio of women dressed as nuns in habit wearing short skirts. As he began to sing, Leary mimicked confession. Here are a few of his 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.”
We said that something must be done to send Leary the message that Catholics will not put up with his obscenities against their religion. We suggested that one of the prime sponsors of The Leary Firefighters Foundation, Bushmills, withdraw its contribution; proceeds from the Comedy Central special benefitted the foundation.