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A public service announcement from South Park

Sunday, August 5th, 2007

Warning: contains vulgarity.

I figured it was timely. :)

South Park critic savaged in hilarious Easter blasphemy

Thursday, April 5th, 2007

Whether you like last night’s South Park episode will largely depend on your tolerance for blasphemy — and we’re talking serious blasphemy here, especially given the calendar. I explain after the jump. WARNING: SPOILERS!

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Teehee

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

Tonight’s new episode of South Park, “The Snuke,” is a must-watch for 24 fans. It’ll air again at midnight EST, then tomorrow at 10:00 PM, Friday morning at midnight, Saturday morning at 12:30 AM, Sunday night at 11:30 PM, and Monday morning at 2:30 AM, on Comedy Central.

No basketball tonight… oh, the humanity!

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

Tonight, for the first time since the Monday after Selection Sunday, there is no college basketball on TV. (There are the WNIT semifinals, but those aren’t televised.) So, what’s a procrastinating law student to do? No games to watch, no pools to update… am I going to be forced to actually do schoolwork this evening?

Thankfully, no, it hasn’t come to that yet. ;) I’ve got a full slate of TV-watching to do tonight, starting at 8:00 PM with the return from a one-week hiatus of the other nuclear-holocaust-related show (aside from 24) that I watch religiously, CBS’s Jericho. It’s an uneven and sometimes maddening series, but the last episode (two weeks ago) was the best since the pilot, IMHO, so I’m excited for tonight’s episode. This being Jericho, I’m sure I’ll be disappointed, and yet there will be enough intrigue and mystery to keep me coming back next week. That’s the joy and frustration of this show.

At 9:00, of course, we find out who got voted off American Idol on Fox. My pick is Chris Sligh, but man, wouldn’t it be nice if it were Sanjaya? … Nothing much is on at 9:30, but then at 10:00, the new episode of South Park on Comedy Central sounds like a can’t-miss, based on the episode description at TVguide.com: “Hillary Clinton makes a campaign stop in South Park. Meanwhile, Cartman believes he’s uncovered a terrorist plot.” I don’t see how that can possibly not be awesome. :)

P.S. On the other hand… the McDonald’s High School All-American Game, featuring Trojan-to-be O.J. Mayo, is at 8:00 PM on ESPN.

UPDATE: I only watched a few minutes of the game, but apparently Mayo didn’t play very well, and missed a wide-open 3 that would have won the game. Oh, well, whatever, he’ll still be awesome next season.

On a happier note, as I noted above, South Park was indeed hilarious. And Jericho actually churned out its second consecutive genuinely good episode! Amazing! Oh yeah, and Chris Sligh got voted off American Idol, which is what I predicted. So did Jay, so we remain tied for first place in the Idol pool.

Crikey! South Park mocks Irwin

Friday, October 27th, 2006

South Park, doing something in bad taste? I’m shocked, I tell you, SHOCKED!

Life imitates South Park, again

Wednesday, October 18th, 2006

World of Warcraft destroys families and friendships, eviscerates old hobbies, and makes you fat? Expect Mayor Nanny Bloomberg to declare it illegal in New York City within the week.

South Park begins 10th season

Wednesday, October 4th, 2006

South Park‘s tenth season begins tonight at 10:00 PM. NRO‘s Cathy Seipp writes about the show’s cultural significance, and calls Parker and Stone “the anti-Aaron Sorkins of the TV business.” (Hat tip: InstaPundit.)

Gibson to Jews: Sorry

Tuesday, August 1st, 2006

Mel Gibson speaks:

There is no excuse, nor should there be any tolerance, for anyone who thinks or expresses any kind of anti-Semitic remark. I want to apologize specifically to everyone in the Jewish community for the vitriolic and harmful words that I said to a law enforcement officer the night I was arrested on a DUI charge.

I am a public person, and when I say something, either articulated and thought out, or blurted out in a moment of insanity, my words carry weight in the public arena. As a result, I must assume personal responsibility for my words and apologize directly to those who have been hurt and offended by those words.

The tenets of what I profess to believe necessitate that I exercise charity and tolerance as a way of life. Every human being is God’s child, and if I wish to honor my God I have to honor his children. But please know from my heart that I am not an anti-Semite. I am not a bigot. Hatred of any kind goes against my faith.

I’m not just asking for forgiveness. I would like to take it one step further, and meet with leaders in the Jewish community, with whom I can have a one on one discussion to discern the appropriate path for healing.

I have begun an ongoing program of recovery and what I am now realizing is that I cannot do it alone. I am in the process of understanding where those vicious words came from during that drunken display, and I am asking the Jewish community, whom I have personally offended, to help me on my journey through recovery. Again, I am reaching out to the Jewish community for its help. I know there will be many in that community who will want nothing to do with me, and that would be understandable. But I pray that that door is not forever closed.

This is not about a film. Nor is it about artistic license. This is about real life and recognizing the consequences hurtful words can have. Its about existing in harmony in a world that seems to have gone mad.

(Hat tip: Drudge.)

“Blurted out in a moment of insanity”? Heh. As usual, South Park had this one nailed. In Stan‘s words: “Mel Gibson is f***ing crazy, dude! … He’s kookoo, dude. He’s absolutely out of his mind.”

P.S. I am reminded of another Great Anti-Semite In History: Richard M. Nixon. Funniest bigoted quote ever: “You know, it’s a funny thing, every one of the bastards that are out for legalizing marijuana is Jewish. What the Christ is the matter with the Jews, Bob? What is the matter with them? I suppose it is because most of them are psychiatrists.”

The march of war (eat Snacky Smores)

Friday, July 14th, 2006

Okay, okay, I couldn’t resist the silly, South Park-based headline… sorry. But the topic is deadly serious. I haven’t blogged about it much, because I’ve been busy with work, but the conflict between Israel and Hezbollah/Lebanon is seemingly widening into an all-out war. And if things continue to escalate, it could get really bad: we all know Syria is deeply involved with Hezbollah and Lebanon, and now Iran is threatening that if Israel attacks Syria, Iran will attack Israel. And heaven knows America will defend Israel if that happens. Plus, this all has massive implications for Iraq. And who knows what implications a wider regional war would have for Afghanistan… and its ever-fragile neightbor, Pakistan… and recently-attacked India… etc. etc. And if America gets sufficiently distracted, Kim Jong Il might throw another temper tantrum, which opens up the possibility of whole ‘nother domino effect (South Korea, Japan, China, Taiwan…). All that’s missing from this volatile mix is an archduke named Ferdinand!

Okay, so maybe I’m getting a bit carried away, but the point is… it could get bad.

Regarding Iran’s threats, Andrew writes: “Well, I guess that’s one way of formalizing the terrorist relationship between Hezbollah, Syria, and Iran.” He then adds:

Sudden thought: What if Israel and the U.S. secretly were deciding to use this latest provocation in Gaza and Lebanon to suck Iran and Syria into attacking Israel, whereby the U.S. would swoop in to protect its ally and take out both the evil Syrian and Iranian regimes. Wishful thinking, maybe… too brilliantly machiavellian. I’m surprised Mad Max or A&A hasn’t leveled that conspiracy accusation against the Bush administration yet!

Heh. Although, I’m not sure how “brilliant” that strategy would really be, from a practical standpoint. While it’s undeniably true that the anti-war crowd has cried wolf repeatedly with its fear-mongering about a draft, it really does seem like our military would get stretched too thin at some point… a point not too far off. Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Iran? I’m no military expert, but eventually we really would need more manpower, wouldn’t we? Here’s hoping and praying it doesn’t get to that point…

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South Park Scientology episode to re-air next week

Wednesday, July 12th, 2006

South Park‘s Tom Cruise-bashing, Scientology-lampooning episode, “Trapped in the Closet,” has been nominated for an Emmy — and it will air again next Wednesday. It sounds like Matt & Trey really put their feet down this time, and demanded that the Comedy Central manatees executives do the right thing:

The show’s co-creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, were told in May that the episode was pulled from the schedule to appease Cruise and his partners in Mission: Impossible III, according to reports.

“If they hadn’t put this episode back on the air, we’d have had serious issues, and we wouldn’t be doing anything else with them,” Stone said in today’s edition of the trade paper Variety.

Hooray! (Hat tip: Diane Huffman.)

South Park producer: the clip is fake, the censorship is real

Friday, April 14th, 2006

South Park Executive Producer Anne Garefino confirms that I was right, according to Volokh: “a short video circulating on the internet, which purports to be the excised South Park scene with Mohammed, is a forgery.” But “she revealed that a scene with Mohammed was animated and does exist. Garefino reported that she still hopes that the original, uncensored episode of South Park will be shown in the near future.”

On the other hand, Garefino also claims that I was wrong:

In an interview Thursday evening, South Park Executive Producer Anne Garefino revealed to me that the show was faced with two options: deliver the episode as written and animated with Mohammed shown and then allow Comedy Central to censor it, or edit out the disputed scene and write their own language explaining why Mohammed was not being shown and whose decision it was. “We wanted everyone to understand how strongly we felt about this,” said Garefino. Although the decision to omit Mohammed was not theirs, they wanted the language of the censorship disclosure to be their own.

Along with South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker (who are also Executive Producers of the show), Garefino was heavily involved in the negotiations with Comedy Central. She made clear that the reason for Comedy Central’s decision was “fear”: “We were happy that they didn’t try to claim that it was because of religious tolerance.” She thought that South Park’s arguments and influence might have had something to do with the candor of Comedy Central executives on this point. …

When asked whether Comedy Central was responding to any specific threats of violence if it showed Mohammed, Garefino replied, “Not that I know of.”

I still won’t entirely believe it until I’ve seen next week’s episode and nothing unexpected happens (like Mohammed randomly appearing and saying, “Just kidding”). Sorta like how I didn’t believe that Gmail was real until April 2, 2004 dawned without a retraction.

Incidentally, the full episode is now available at YouTube: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3. (Hat tip: The Right Nation.)

UPDATE: Tracy Twyman says the episode contained a very direct message to network president Doug Herzog. Heh.

Still not convinced

Thursday, April 13th, 2006

I swear this will be my last South Park-related post of the night… :)

I still think this whole thing may be a publicity stunt, with Comedy Central and its “spokesmen” and “statements” all part of the joke. It could be like April Fools Day writ large — they might be working the blogosphere up into a mighty lather, only to start next week’s episode with something totally unexpected, like, oh I dunno, Muhammad randomly appearing at the very beginning of the episode and saying “Just kidding!”, followed by a regular show unrelated to “Cartoon Wars.” I’m not necessarily predicting this, but I definitely don’t think it’s outside the realm of possibility.

One thing we’re forgetting amid all the talk about Mohammed carrying a salmon helmet and Jesus crapping on the American flag is what appeared at the end of the “Al Qaeda Films Production” that constituted the terrorist “retaliation” to the Family Guy episode: the words “THE END,” with a question mark:

The words appeared first, and then the question mark was “drawn” underneath them. You can see for yourself by downloading the last ten minutes of the episode here.

What does it mean, exactly? I suppose it could be interpreted as asking the same thing Glenn asked: Is this “the end” of South Park? But I think a more likely explanation is, they’re implying that this story, this saga, this brilliant bit of comedy isn’t really over just yet.

Why do I still suspect, all official statements to the contrary, that the censorship might not be real? Because, no matter how cynical I try to be, it still seems unbelieveable. The notion that a network as relatively edgy as Comedy Central would censor on first viewing something as objectively non-offensive as an image of Muhammed standing in a doorway with a football helmet — even though there have been no protests, no riots, no threats, nobody publicly demanding that they do so — strikes me as very, very fishy. It’s one thing to be intimidated into silence by real threats; it’s wrong, but it’s not hard to believe. But to be silenced by hypothetical intimidation? Is Comedy Central that timid? Would they really censor their biggest show because of a bunch of riots on a different continent regarding an unrelated matter? There was nothing to fear at all. There was no threat to “public safety.” Nobody was asking Comedy Central not to air the image… not CAIR, not anybody!

And yes, they pulled the Virgin Mary and Scientology episodes, but that was only a question of whether to re-run them — i.e., the censorship occurred after the episodes’ initial airing. And why were they pulled? In the first case, it was because of a massive outcry, and in the second case, it was because Tom Cruise threatened the network’s corporate parent with serious economic retaliation. Here, there is no outcry and no blackmail. The fact that Comedy Central caved under those first two circumstances does not necessarily imply that they would be likely to cave here. Indeed, this whole thing could be a very convoluted image rehabilitation effort for the network: by ultimately proclaiming that they were kidding, and allowing Muhammad to air next week, they could look like great defenders of free speech, and wipe the Catholic and Scientology controversies out of everyone’s minds.

Bottom line, we’re supposed to believe that the network which aired the “Super Best Friends” (and has had no problems re-running it) has a blanket policy against airing any images of Muhammad… even though he’s in their opening credits?! I smell a rat!!

So, yeah, I’m still skeptical of this. I will be watching next week, and I won’t be at all surprised if Matt and Trey have something else still up their sleeves.

The “uncensored” Muhammad clip is fake

Thursday, April 13th, 2006

The video clip that’s floating around the Internet, supposedly the “uncensored” version of the Muhammad scene in last night’s South Park episode, is a fake. Upon close inspection, you can clearly tell that somebody did a bit of photoshopping and sound editing, trying to make it look like the real thing. I suppose it’s hypothetically possible that “somebody” is Parker and Stone, but that seems very unlikely. There is no actual new animation in the clip — it goes directly from the last frame before the screen went black (i.e., the censorship disclaimer) to the first frame afterwards. The fakers simply pasted images of Muhammad (presumably from the “Super Best Friends” episode) onto the relevant frames, moved the “salmon helmet,” and messed with the audio a bit. Here, I’ll show you what I mean…

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More confirmation that Comedy Central censored Muhammad

Thursday, April 13th, 2006

Okay, I guess this settles it:

Parker and Stone were angered when told by Comedy Central several weeks ago that they could not run an image of Muhammad, according to a person close to the show who didn’t want to be identified because of the issue’s sensitivity.

The network’s decision was made over concerns for public safety, the person said.

Comedy Central said in a statement issued Thursday: “In light of recent world events, we feel we made the right decision.” Its executives would not comment further.

(Hat tip: Phead.)

If you missed them, you can watch both Part 1 and Part 2 tonight at 9:30 and 10:00 PM.

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Reminder

Wednesday, April 12th, 2006

Tonight on Comedy Central:

9:30 PM: “Cartoon Wars, Part 1” rerun
10:00 PM: “Cartoon Wars, Part 2” debut (hopefully!)

Goooooo South Park, Beeeeeeat Censors! :)

P.S. Apparent confirmation that there really will be a Part 2 here. Unless they’re yanking our chain.

UPDATE: Did Comedy Central really censor it? Or did South Park just pretend they did? Are Stone and Parker being oppressed, or are they just f***ing with us? So much confusion! Oh, the Hugh Manatee!

Blogospheric reaction here. Most bloggers are falling hook, line and sinker for what I suspect is Matt and Trey’s little joke. I don’t believe they were actually censored, but many people think they were.

I freely admit that I could be wrong. But I think the “censorship” was designed to provoke precisely the kind of reaction this is causing. Those South Park boys sure know how to make a fuss.

One way or another, I suspect this will be clarified in the morning. Until it is, I would advise anyone who doesn’t want to end up feeling foolish to hold off on writing angry letters to Comedy Central.

(That said, if by chance Comedy Central really did censor Muhammed, that really is outrageous, considering they’ve shown him before, almost five years ago. Of course, that was before the Danish cartoons fiasco. So, clearly, the only plausible explanation for why they would censor him now, when they didn’t censor him before, is the fear of violence — i.e., giving into fear and intimidation, letting the terrorists and extremists win. But, as I said, I don’t think they really censored him. I’m about… oh, maybe 70% sure. :)