Hey, did you hear the one about Pamela Anderson playing the Blessed Virgin Mary?…

The Holy FamilyWell apparently it’s really funny, you see, because the frequent Playmate and porn flick star is going to play the virginal mother of Christ in Canadian TV’s “A Russell Peters Christmas,” hosted by extra-super-clever comedian Russell Peters.

You see, because bashing Christianity is funny! It’s hip! It’s fresh! It’s daring! And hey, Christians don’t tend to stab you in the heart or torch your building when you blaspheme our faith.

And just to confirm how avant garde they are, this gem of a special promises, “an irreverent twist on the Christmas special making it unlike anything viewers have seen before.”

Please. Don’t flatter yourself. Christianity has been around for 2,000 years, which is about the same amount of time that anti-Christian activity has been around. You’re just the latest to kick against the pricks.

I’m just wondering what Bill Maher will do to one-up this guy: Maher takes a back seat to no one in being the rudest, crudest, shocking-est Catholic basher around. Perhaps Maher will play Joseph, and Stewie from Family Guy will be the baby Jesus.

Sad, really.

I truly lament the dearth of truly witty and actually funny satire. I would not recommend people watch the entirety of either as there are some fairly problematic scenes, but a good number of parts, available on YouTube, of Monty Python’s The Life of Brian and The Meaning of Life are, I think, hilarious and spot-on. They knew satire. They did a marvelous job of mocking mere religiosity, blind faith, and some of the aspects of our Christian faith that are understandably odd to the secularist. But, for the most part, they do so without overtly mocking true faith or the substance of what we believe.

One of my favorite bits from Brian

Anyhow, while the Canadian TV special is certainly outrageous, that is by design. The entire point is to rile up Christians to get people talking and get more viewers. Well, he’s got two of three out of me: I’m talking about it, but I’m not riled up (bemused, really), and I’m certainly not going to watch it. Perhaps Christians in Canada will be able to get it yanked, but given the sad direction of tolerance north of the border where all things are tolerated except Christians acting like Christians, I’m not holding my breath.

And one final point. Given Anderson’s very public past, I believe some serious prayers for her, asking the intercession and personal intervention of a different Mary, might be a good thing. A Mary out of whom Christ cast seven demons, and said to her, “where are they now who condemn you?… Then neither do I condemn you. Go, and sin no more.”

Mary Magdalen is truly a saint for our over-sexed times.

I especially love the moment in Jesus of Nazareth when Mary Magdalen washes Christ’s feet with her tears and dries them with her hair in the house of Simon the Pharisee…

Cheers. And happy sparkle season, or something.



  • Mike Taylor

    sorry,Ididn’t look to see if my name was said on this.mike taylor.


    I’d love it if Ms. Anderson, not withstanding her history, portrayed Mary in an accurate and respectful manner. The experience would hopefully help her become a better person. Somehow I don’t expect that will be the outcome of this little venture.

  • Rob

    I can’t watch “The Life of Brian” anymore since my reconversion 10 years ago. But I admit that the scene Tom posted here still brings me to belly-laugh tears when I see it.

    We’re damned if we do (react with outrage) – we’re intolerant and hateful and not being “Christian” or “like Jesus;”

    ..and we’re damned if we don’t (react at all) – it just keeps happening. I’m so beyond tired of this schtick. Just goes to show the true lack of real talent out there, be it artists, musicians, comedians, etc. Can’t get an audience because you’re just not that good? Target the big bad Catholic Church and score some ratings.

    God have mercy.



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