South Park vs. the Catholics

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    It's kinda old news now, but we never discussed the protests that the last new episode of South Park is causing. Basically, in the episode, Stan's Dad becomes and alcoholic, and travels to a supposedly "miraculous" statue of the Virgin Mary. Only, it's miraculous because it's bleeding out of its ass. At the end of the episode, the Pope visits South Park, checks out the statue and decides (and I'm quoting here) "the statue is not miraculous because she's bleeding out her vagina, not her butt. Chicks bleeding out their vaginas is not a miracle."

    So, the day after it aired, the Catholic groups sent some angry letters and threatened to sue Comedy Central if they didn't take it off the air. Recently, they did a mini-marathon that the show was scheduled for, but they didn't show it. But, they claim they're not backing down. The Catholic groups have gone to the head of Viacom now, so it's really becoming a huge thing. Here's the latest...

    Any thoughts? I really didn't think the episode was all that entertaining, but I knew for sure that it was going to offend a LOT of people. But, I'm siding with Comedy Central on this, it's a show that, despite what most people seem to think, is definitely for adults, and as such, they should be allowed to say what they want.
     
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    I guess I see why the group would get upset, but if the show is that offensive to begin with, why are they watching it? No one is immune on that show. Everyone is up for bashing/teasing/slander, though I do think M&T lean a bit more into the right than the left.

    I haven't seen that particular episode, but it kind of reminds me of a couple parts from the movie where they are openly discriminatory and no one (to my knowledge) wanted the movie to be pulled:

    "Well, your moms are probably all on their periods or something."-Mr. Garrison
    "Mr Garrison, Wendy and I think that was a sexist statement."-Yardale kid
    "Well, I'm sorry Wendy. I just don't trust anything that bleeds for five days and doesn't die." -Mr. Garrison
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    "Hey! Don't call me fat you fuckin' Jew!"-Cartman
    "Eric, did you just say the f-word?"-Mr. Garrison
    "...(thinking) Jew?"-Cartman
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    "Dude, what the fuck is wrong with German people?"-Stan
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    Then there's the part in the movie where the general is telling all the recruits the war plan, and Battalion 5 is all black people, part of Operation Human Shield, and Battalion 14 is all the white people, part of Operation Get Behind the Darkies.
     
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    Yeah, it does seem odd. It's not even like this is the first time they targeted Catholics! I guess they just saw this as being a very blatant attack, or at least a blatant attempt to be offensive (which it, admittedly, sort of seemed to be).
     
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    Considering the rerun of Jesus vs. Satan in the boxing ring was on last night, and that both are recurring characters. I almost would think the liberals would want to boycott (sigh...) the show because they use religous symbols/symbolism.
     
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    If anyone has a right to complain about that show it's Jewish people. At least the Catholic jokes are spaces out a bit, there's a crack on Jews in every episode.

    They do a pretty good job of laughing at everyone.

    Did anyone see the show where they try to get the pig and elephant to mate? Chef says "Man, now I know how those white women must have felt"
     
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    my favorite is cripple fight. That will always remain a classic.

    then there's the one where the kids' scout leader is gay.
     
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    I agree with you that the episode just wasn't funny but rather crude in it's attempt to shock the audience. Im not sure if Catholics are upset becasue they think kids will see it or they just find it unecessarily demeaning to Catholics.
    I guess I fall on the side that people have a right to protest what they want, and Comedy Central has a right to show what they want as long as it meets the criteria of the FCC??
     
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    Well, that's just my opinion. I did think the episode had some funny stuff in it, but it was all in Stan trying to deal with his Dad. The stuff with the Virgin Mary just seemed shocking. Even though I definitely like edgier humor, I actually appreciate South Park better when they're not shocking or offensive, like the Little League episode (my favorite episode, by the way). They even made a point of not having anybody swear in that episode and it was still brilliant.

    But, to be fair, isn't anything that they do on South Park "unnecessarily demeaning"? As important as I think it is, it's not like they're changing the world by making fun of Jews or Paris Hilton or anything, y'know? None of it is particularly "necessary".

    I have no qualms with them protesting, but it's their threats to sue Viacom and Comedy Central if the episode is released on DVD, shown again, etc. that really stick in my craw.

    And, technically, since they're a cable network, the FCC does not have any jurisdiction over the content aired. That's why they were able to air the episode where they said "shit" about 200 times.
     
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    You raise a good point, even though they are not accountable to the FCC they must fall under the umbrella of decency standards, otherwise we would be hearing much more than "shit".... Although I did hear Chapelle's stand up one night and it was not edited at all so I would guess they do it on a voluntary self governing basis?
     

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