LOUIS C.K. CAN’T GIVE IT UP
Catalyst October Issue 2010
At the end of August, repeat Catholic offender Louis C.K. bashed the Catholic Church on an episode of his FX show “Louie.”
When we got word that Louis C.K. was at it again, we had to watch the show. It was painful. But was it anti-Catholic? Sure. That was the point of it. After all, the purpose of the episode was to convince elementary school kids that all the talk about Jesus dying on the Cross for our sins is pure bunk.
To adults, this doesn’t matter, as no TV show is going to change their beliefs. But to boys handy with their trusty DVR, they learn (from the mother of kid Louie), “the whole thing is a bunch of malarkey.”
In fairness, the script was boring. The proverbial nun in habit shows up berating the kids about the death of Jesus; the Crucifixion is trivialized; a creepy doctor shows up describing what actually happened; a traumatized kid gets freaked out and knocks down a large crucifix, etc. In other words, most of what is portrayed is without meaning, except for the end where we learn what a crock Christianity is.
As for Jesus, He is described by the doubting mother as “a really, really nice guy who lived a long time ago and told everyone to love each other.” He must have been really nice if she said it twice. And Louis C.K. must bereally obsessed with Catholicism because he can’t give it up.
If this show had any value whatsoever, it showed with stunning accuracy exactly how Hollywood sees Christianity.