The poobahs of our popular culture never seem happy unless they're taking entertainment down to the "next level" of deviancy. When they undertake remakes of Hollywood classics -- especially the comedies -- that's when you see how far we've fallen.
The forthcoming modern-day adaptation of "The Three Stooges" isn't going to be a celebration of that iconic family comedy. The trailer features Moe poking the eyes of "Snooki" Polizzi from the uber-sleazy MTV show "Jersey Shore." But that's nothing compared to the real absurdity of 19-year-old Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Kate Upton playing a nun at the orphanage where the Stooges grew up.
Not just a nun but a swimsuit-model nun. In the trailer, Upton emerges from a swimming pool in a tiny black bikini, a rosary hanging around her neck, and a traditional habit on her head. As Moe and Larry lewdly gawk at her, Curly says, "Hiya Sister Bernice. There's something different about you. Did you get a haircut?"
Religious sisters take a vow of chastity. Hollywood loves to mock the Catholic Church for being out of touch. Conclusion: Mock the chastity of nuns.
(But in a thousand years, would those brave Hollywood souls have the courage to mock a Muslim burqa?)
The cutting edge of the culture is defined by the latest video from Jennifer Lopez, which features simulated orgy scenes. The video, for her new song "Dance Again," was displayed on "American Idol" recently. Here's what's interesting: They featured a section of the video -- without orgy scenes -- but they still encouraged children to see more of the video on YouTube. It already has over 14 million views. It is safe to conclude that millions of parents have no idea their children have been exposed to this garbage.
Hollywood has a bizarre attachment to orgies. For critics of TV raunch, the J. Lo orgy clips resemble the controversial 2003 teenager orgy scene on the CBS drama "Without a Trace," where somehow the people participating in the orgy were still in their underwear for television. The orgy is merely implied. There also was the 2005 Ying Yang Twins rap video for "Wait (The Whisper Song)," in which the two male rap stars laid on the floor in a mob of writhing, scantily clad women.