South Park Parked by Complaints

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    Did Comedy Central grant the Catholic League its Christmas wish?


    Following the Dec. 7 season finale of South Park, titled "Bloody Mary," the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights slammed the network for its irreverent portrayal of church icons and sought to block the episode from being rebroadcast.


    It appears the group may have met with success. A repeat of the finale was scheduled to air Wednesday night, but was seemingly pulled from the Comedy Central lineup without explanation.


    In the episode, a statue of the Virgin Mary is believed to be bleeding from its rear end, inspiring faithful parishioners to flock from miles around to be healed by the miraculous blood.


    Eventually, Pope Benedict XVI is called in to investigate, whereupon he determines that the statue is actually menstruating and thus is nothing special.


    "A chick bleeding out her vagina is no miracle," the pope declares in the episode. "Chicks bleed out their vaginas all the time."


    Somewhat predictably, the Catholic League was incensed by the satirical portrayal of the Virgin Mary and the pope and by the fact that the episode aired on the day before the Catholic Church celebrated its Feast of the Immaculate Conception.


    The conservative group demanded an apology from Viacom, Comedy Central's parent company, to Roman Catholics everywhere and "a pledge that this episode be permanently retired and not be made available on DVD."


    The Catholic League also sought a personal condemnation from Viacom board member Joseph A. Califano Jr., who the group noted is a "practicing Catholic."


    Califano was only too happy to oblige. After viewing the episode, he released a statement calling the episode an "appalling and disgusting portrayal of the Virgin Mary."


    "It is particularly troubling to me as a Roman Catholic that the segment has run on the eve and day of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, a holy day for Roman Catholics," Califano said.


    Califano also pledged to have Viacom president and CEO Tom Freston review the episode.


    Comedy Central did not respond to a request for comment on why "Bloody Mary" was yanked from the schedule.


    Screencaps of the episode were no longer available on Comedy Central's press site, or on comedycentral.com's South Park section.


    The Catholic League previously tangled with Comedy Central in 2002 over a South Park episode titled "Red Hot Catholic Love," but failed to produce any results.


    http://news.yahoo.com/s/eo/20051229/en_tv_eo/18055
     
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    Well........if South Park only picked on Catholics I think they'd have a point. But after the Mel Gibson "Passion of the Christ" episode where Cartman dresses like Hitler and tries to kill the Jews and Kyle decides he doesn't want to be Jewish anymore cause "we killed Jesus". I think everything is even.
     
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    man i thought that was hillarious. It made fun of people who think alcoholism is a disease equivalent with cancer and such. It also made fun of people who buy into these phony miracles.

    South Park rips on everyone. So Catholic league can get offended if they want. IT just makes them look like even bigger douchebags then when they get Opie and Anthony fired over a couple faking sex in the church.
     
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    It only means that Catholics are more sensitive than the Jewish people. They creamed the Jewish religion earlier. Shoot they didn't complain when they showed Christ as a wimp that couldn't beat Satan in a boxing match except when Satan cheated.
     
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    They didnt complain when christ died to save "Santa Claus" from an Iraqi torture chamber on Christmas.
     
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    See, we all have what's called "a sense of humor." It's like what I recall somebody saying in a Family Guy episode in response to something Peter said.

    "Why, that's offensive. I should do something."
    "Bob, there's nothing you can do."
    "You're right. Maybe I should...get a sense of humor or something."
     
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    Ive seen every episode of Family Guy like 10 times. Which episode was that? Its hard to remember out of context.
     
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    why anyone watches this inane, sophmoric, tasteless and unhumorous crap in the first place is beyond me.
     
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    What's your problem now son?
     

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