Golden Globes: Catholic League Denounces 'SMILF' Nomination

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"Women are objectified, Christianity is trashed and homosexuality is flaunted," Catholic League president Bill Donohue said in a statement.

The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights is calling out the HFPA for its Golden Globe nomination of Showtime comedy SMILF

"Much to the approval of Showtime, women are treated as sexual toys by Hollywood moguls and actors. Indeed, it basks in the sexual exploitation of women so much so that it named a show after sexual predators, 'Single Mothers I'd Like to F***."' It goes by the acronym, SMILF, Catholic League president Bill Donohue said in a statement Monday. "The twisted show upped the ante a few weeks ago when it suggested that the Virgin Mary was raped and forced to give birth. Last night it depicted a homosexual priest sexually embracing a drunk." 

The show, which premiered its first season in November, stars Frankie Shaw as Bridgette Bird, a young, smart, scrappy single mom trying to navigate life in South Boston with an extremely unconventional family. She struggles to make ends meet, which leads her to impulsive and at times immature decisions.

The critically praised series earned two Golden Globe nominations, one for best TV show, comedy or musical, and another for best actress for Shaw, who also created the show and serves as executive producer.

"Women are objectified, Christianity is trashed and homosexuality is flaunted. No wonder SMILF was just nominated for the 2018 Golden Globes 'best comedy' show," Donohue said in the statement. "But it is not sure what Hollywood likes best: inviting men to see women as harlots, or bashing Christianity."

He continued: "One more thing. Hollywood has no problem with sexism — it enjoys treating women like dirt, both on the screen and in real life — but it has no tolerance for racism. This explains why a show titled SBMILF (the 'B' being for Black) would never be accepted."

So far, SMILF has bravely tackled issues ranging from gender stereotypes to eating disorders and sexual assault. In the final moments of a recent episode, Bridgette is groped by her date — a man she met via a Craigslist ad — prompting her to punch him in the face.

"The thing about this subject for so long, especially child [abuse] ... it's the darkest parts of our society and hard to face," Shaw recently told The Hollywood Reporter of the fact that her character was abused, something that is revealed in the premiere episode. "We shove it under the rug, because ... what does it say about humanity when people can do this?"

When discussing the relevancy of the topics addressed in her show, Shaw added that the timing is pretty incredible. "All of these people are coming together and sharing their stories," she said. "So, rather than the show existing as an anomaly [and addressing] it, now it's just in a culture that's ready and willing to talk about these things."

Showtime declined comment.