Archive for the ‘South Park’ Category

Burying their heads in sand

Sunday, April 9th, 2006

The Hartford Courant reports on the idiotic decision by Borders bookstores to pull the April/May issue of Free Inquiry magazine off the bookshelves because it contains the Mohammed cartoons. (Hat tip: InstaPundit.)

In a related story — and with apologies to those who believe I’m overhyping it — tonight at 11:00 PM is your last chance to watch Part 1 of South Park‘s “Cartoon Wars” episode on TV. Part 2, if it actually happens, is due to air Wednesday at 10:00 PM.

CORRECTION: Actually, Comedy Central has added another showing of Part 1, on Wednesday at 9:30 PM — immediately preceding when Part 2 is supposed to air. That wasn’t on the schedule before, but it is now. Seems like a good sign.

P.S. And of course, you can always watch it on YouTube: parts 1, 2 and 3.

South Park update

Friday, April 7th, 2006

So, it turns out the post by CalPatirot, which I had previously cited as an example of rare blogospheric criticism of the brilliant South Park “Cartoon Wars” episode (which airs again at 11:30 PM tonight, by the way), was a parody. The author explains:

Last month, the Patriot, the campus conservative magazine, published the controversial Muhammad cartoons. We were met with a mixed reaction, some positive and some negative. Perhaps the harshest criticism came from the Daily Cal, the campus newspaper. I copied their editorial and replaced every mention of the Patriot with South Park. As you all can see, their reasoning looks even more ridiculous than before. I’ll be happy to take any criticism of my post as criticism of the original Daily Cal editorial. They deserve it.

Now that that’s cleared up, I just want to say that this episode is one of the greatest things ever shown on TV. I was moved by the speech I described in this comment, and I hope others realized the value of fighting for free speech. That’s all.

Heh. Well, at least I’m not the only one who thought the parody was real. Slate bought into it, too. They also linked to one of my previous posts about the South Park episode, as did Michelle Malkin and The Right Nation. Thanks for the links, guys!

Again, a reminder… if you haven’t seen the episode yet, you can watch it at 11:30 PM tonight on Comedy Central. If you miss that, your last two chances are Sunday morning at 2:30 AM and Sunday night at 11:00 PM. Or, you can just watch it on YouTube, divided into three segments: here, here and here.

More on South Park

Thursday, April 6th, 2006

Blogger of the Year Captain Ed agrees with me that the new South Park episode (which airs again at 10:00 PM and midnight tonight on Comedy Central; if you haven’t seen it yet, you MUST!), is positively brilliant (warning: spoilers!). “South Park may be raunchy and tasteless,” Ed writes, “but it has become the bravest voice for freedom and common sense in modern entertainment.”

Ed thinks there won’t actually be a “Part 2” to the allegedly two-part “Cartoon Wars” episode. I sincerely hope he’s wrong, but after canvassing general blogospheric opinion via Technorati, I see that he’s not the only one who suspects this. We’ll find out next Wednesday at 10pm. (Er, unless Comedy Central “pusses out.” Heh.)

Another thing I noticed via Technorati: a lot of people think this was “an episode about Family Guy,” and seem (somehow) to be missing the broader point. Yes, Family Guy was lampooned, and as this post points out (again – spoiler alert!), SP‘s writers genuinely do have a thing against FG, apparently… but if you watched that episode and didn’t think it was “about” more than Family Guy… wow. In reality, it was satirizing about three or four different things at once, which is what made it so amazingly awesome, IMHO; it had multiple levels, or “layers,” like an onion or a donkey. :) But clearly, its central, overarching theme was the Mohammed cartoons and media self-censorship, not Family Guy.

Anyway, although most bloggers who posted about the episode liked it (well, except for offended Family Guy fans), CalPatriot thinks the Mohammed cartoon aspect is stupid. Personally, I don’t understand how you can assert with a straight face that “free speech needs no protection at its political epicenter” given all the recent developments involving the FCC, Scientology, media self-censorship in the wake of the Mohammad cartoons, and about a dozen other things I could mention. No, we’re not on the brink of losing our First Amendment rights, but there are some disturbing trends — most of them involving the principle of “free speech” rather than the legal right (indeed, of the three examples I cited above, only the FCC one involves state action) — which I think South Park points out wonderfully. Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s take on the the cravenness of the sellout media establishment, and the P.C. movement’s insistence on unquestioned obedience to the god of “sensitivity” and “tolerance,” rings absolutely true with me. Agree or disagree, I don’t think it’s fair to say that the episode had “no real point.”

Anyway, regardless of your take on the issue, or on South Park (and yes, the Virgin Mary episode was awful — mostly because it was simultaneously offensive and unfunny — but that doesn’t mean Parker and Stone aren’t also capable of sheer brilliance), you really ought to watch this episode, if only to be able to engage in informed water-cooler discussion (side note: does anyone actually talk around water coolers anymore?), because I guarantee this one is going to get a lot of attention. (And please, stick with the episode past Mr. Garrison’s “Muslim sensitivity training” class, which struck me as the most potentially offensive part. Myself, I thought that was pretty funny, but even if you don’t, the second two-thirds of the episode is most definitely worth your time.)

Best. South Park. Ever.

Wednesday, April 5th, 2006

Okay, it’s only halfway done, but holy crap, this episode making fun of the Mohammed cartoons, Isaac Hayes, and Family Guy is flippin’ hilarious. Especially because (so far) Cartman is the goody-goody. If you’re on the West Coast and it hasn’t aired yet, you have to watch South Park tonight!

UPDATE: “…or will Comedy Central puss out?” LOL!! It’s a two-parter… to be continued next week… freakin’ awesome…

UPDATE 2: The episode is called “Cartoon Wars.” Part 1 airs again at midnight EDT tonight (er, Thursday morning, technically), and again several times throughout the week: tomorrow (Thursday) night at 10:00 PM, Friday morning at midnight, Friday night at 11:30 PM, Sunday morning at 2:30 AM, and Sunday night at 11:00 PM. Part 2 debuts next Wednesday at 10:00 PM. (Double-check those times against your local listings, but that’s what Comedy Central’s website says.)

If I had the power to make something “required viewing” for readers, this would be it. :) South Park at its finest.

Crazy actor, corporate synergy conspire to squelch South Park?

Sunday, March 19th, 2006

Following up on Becky’s South Park/Scientology post… Comedy Central abruptly pulled a re-run of South Park‘s infamous Scientology episode, allegedly after Tom Cruise threatened Viacom, Comedy Central’s parent company, by saying he wouldn’t promote Mission Impossible 3 for Paramount (which is also owned by Viacom). Cruise denies this.


Tuesday, March 14th, 2006

South Park can’t lose Chef! Damn Scientologists, ruining the world for normal people. ;)

Brown snow in Colorado

Sunday, February 26th, 2006

The brown-colored snow that was reported throughout the state of Colorado last week was not — I repeat, not — the result of efforts by third-graders in the town of South Park to produce an extremely low-pitched note, thus causing Mother Nature to have an accident on their state. :) Rather, the brown snow is the result of a dust storm in northern Arizona.

My 15 all-time favorite movies

Sunday, December 18th, 2005

Irish Buckeye Alex and his friends have been posting their top 15 favorite movies of all-time… so naturally, I can’t resist joining in the fun. I love making lists!

(Please note: these aren’t necessarily the 15 “best” movies I’ve ever seen; they’re my 15 favorites. I’m not sure what my criteria are, exactly… I’m just sort of going with my gut. Also, there are quite a few “movies that everyone should see” that I’ve never seen, so that explains the conspicuous absence of some movie classics and recent gems you might expect to see on here. I’ve always been somewhat deprived in the movie-watching department; Becky is only slowly but surely getting me caught up. :)

Anyway, without further adieu…

15. Back to the Future: “One-point-twenty-one jiggawatts!!!” What can I say, this is just a classic. It made me a time-travel nerd, and forever shaped my view of movie/TV plots involving time travel. All other time-travel stories are measured against “Back to the Future rules,” in my mind at least. :)

14. Beauty and the Beast: The only animated movie ever nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars. I’m still mad at Silence of the Lambs for beating it. :)

13. Cast Away: Proof that Tom Hanks is the best actor in the universe: he and a volleyball were the only characters on screen for like 90 minutes, and it was completely riveting. His relationship with “Wilson” had more emotional depth than many movie relationships between two real, live people. Alas, this movie lost its chance for a Top 10 finish because of the totally inane “tomorrow the sun will rise” scene near the end. LAME!!!

12. Forrest Gump: I was tempted to leave this movie off, because I’ve watched it so many times, it’s almost starting to become passé in my mind. But I can’t justify ranking Cast Away ahead of Gump, which really is a very entertaining, and very good, film. And as always, Tom Hanks is excellent.

11. Finding Nemo: One of the most genuine, heartfelt animated movies out there, and very funny. Ellen DeGeneres is great.

10. Road to Perdition: Did I mention I like Tom Hanks? I’ve only seen this movie once, but I remember just absolutely loving it. Hanks and Paul Newman are great, and of course the Irishness of it appeals to me as well. And the tragedy is so complete, and so, well, tragic… it’s Shakespearean, really.

9. South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut: Funniest freakin’ thing ever. I love Trey Parker and Matt Stone because they have no sacred cows — they regularly skewer liberals, conservatives and everyone in between — and this movie is a great example of that. It’s also a great example of the totally anarchic, apolitical side of their sense of humor. The best thing about this movie, though, is the music. Blame Canada got the Oscar nod, but La Resistance Lives On is a true masterpiece. Listen closely; it even has the opening chords of One Day More at the very beginning.

8. Fight Club: I missed out on this movie when it first came out, but then sometime during my sophomore year in college, I caught the bulk of it one night while drunk at Becky’s apartment. I thought it was so good, I watched it again the next day, in its entirety, sober. A fantastic mindf**k of a movie.

7. Aladdin: The best of Disney’s pre-Pixar animated features, thanks to Robin Williams. Watching it never gets old — again, thanks to Robin Williams. Plus, in this post-9/11 era, there’s something undeniably quaint about watching a Disney movie where a giant Arabic sand monster screams, “INFIDEL!!!” You think they’d let that in today?

6. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: Harrison Ford and Sean Connery both totally rock. And the scene where the Nazi chick falls into the abyss? Classic. Even more classic: “He chose… poorly.”

5. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers*: An excellent movie, but my least favorite of the three LOTR films because of several cringe-worthy moments, such as: Frodo holding out the Ring to the Nazgul at Osgiliath, which utterly and completely destroys the whole plot (the Nine would all be there within minutes, they’d take the Ring and the war would be over); Sam’s lame speech to Frodo immediately afterward, during which the battle around them magically and inexplicably disappears (“there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it’s worth fighting for” — sort of Peter Jackson’s equivalent of the “tomorrow the sun will rise” lameness from Cast Away); the Ents, after a suitably un-hasty Entmoot, randomly and hastily changing their minds in about 10 seconds after Treebeard roars, and magically all appearing spontaneously at the edge of the forest; etc. Still, the awesomeness of what’s good about the film vastly outweighs the bad, and easily lifts it into my Top 5. Rohan is the most exquisitely adapted culture of the whole novel (with the possible exception of the hobbits), and I absolutely love the Rohan music. Gollum is remarkable. Theoden is perfect, and his “now for wrath, now for ruin” speech, followed by Gimli blowing the horn of Helm Hammerhand, is my third- or fourth-favorite scene in the whole trilogy. “Forth Eorlingas!!!”

4. Collateral: When I went to see this movie, I really did not expect that it would ever grace any sort of “Brendan’s favorite movies” list. Suspenseful crime thrillers are not generally my thing, and Tom Cruise is no Tom Hanks. But thanks to sterling performances by Cruise and Jamie Foxx, and some incredible directorial work by Michael Mann, this film was exceptionally good. I wasn’t familiar with Mann’s work before, but Collateral was amazingly well-conceived, well-directed, well-shot, well-everything. I was absolutely blown away. The scene where Cruise’s character is searching for the female lawyer in the pitch-black office building is suspense at its best.

3. Shrek 2: Just absolutely wonderful and totally hilarious. There are so many great, hidden little jokes that it sometimes takes multiple viewings to notice, like the funny store names (“Old Knavery,” “Versarchery,” etc.) and the customers at “Farbucks” fleeing in terror across the street — to another “Farbucks.” The plot is great, the characters rock. But what really makes the film, and causes it to far exceed the original Shrek in my book, is Antonio Banderas as Puss in Boots. LOL! He cracks me up every time. The best scene, of course, is the scene where Fairy Godmother is singing “Holding Out for a Hero” while Shrek & co. are storming the castle, with the help of the giant gingerbread man (“beeee goooood”) and Puss, whose “today I repay my debt” cute-kitten act is one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen on screen.

2. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring*: Although not the best movie of the three LOTR films (see #1 for that), Fellowship is the best adapation of a Tolkien novel. Jackson and his screenwriters did a really excellent job of cutting out what needed to be cut out, while staying true to the original film’s spirit and, for the most part, its plot. There aren’t really any major changes that I object to. And the confrontation between Gandalf and the Balrog is truly epic, far more well-done that I think anyone could have imagined. Roughly tied with the aforementioned Helm’s Deep scene for my third- or fourth-favorite scene in the trilogy, the Balrog battle was a preview of things to come in terms of how well Jackson would pull off the really important scenes. The Shire was also perfect, and I love the Hobbit music. The prologue was excellent. Almost, everything, really, was excellent… well, except Lothlorien and Galadriel, but now I’m getting picky. This movie could easily have been #1, except that two years later, something even better came along…

1. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King*: Tied Ben Hur and Titanic for the most Oscars ever won, and unlike Titanic, thoroughly deserved it. (In fact, it deserved a record-breaking 12th nomination and win: Sean Astin for Best Supporting Actor.) Just a mind-blowingly, earth-shatteringly, unbelievably good movie, from start to finish. There were some aspects of the adaptation that I didn’t like — Frodo sending Sam away comes to mind; that would NEVER happen in the book (or, more to the point, even if Frodo, under the influence of the Ring and Gollum, ordered Sam away, Sam would never even consider following that particular order) — but if you look at it independently as a movie, without reference to the source material, even those aspects where I quibble with the adaptation of the book still work very, very well in the movie. Again, the Frodo/Sam thing is Exhibit A: the tension it added to the plot, leading to the scene where Sam reappears and tells Shelob, “You will not touch him again!,” is excellent. Anyway, I mean, damn, there are just so many things to like about this movie. I could rattle off scene after scene after scene. It contains my two favorite scenes of the trilogy: #2, the climactic Mount Doom/”the Ring is mine”/fight with Gollum/destruction of the Ring/fall of Mordor/”don’t let go” mega-scene; and #1, the Gandalf-Witch King confrontation (inexplicably left out of the theatrical version) followed immediately by the epic charge of the Rohirrim. Several times, I have cued up the DVD just to that portion of the movie and watched it. It’s art. It’s a masterpiece. As for why King beats out Fellowship? They’re both great, but King is great on a grander scale. Its “highs” are higher, if you will. And perhaps most importantly, it has the one thing Fellowship lacks: an ending. (Actually about five of them.) It’s ultimately much more satisfying to watch from start to finish than either of the first two films (though really, you’ve got to watch all three movies in succession to get the full experience — something I’ve done three times now). Anyway, Return of the King is definitely one of the best movies ever made, and it’s definitely my personal #1.

*In all three cases, I’m ranking the LOTR movies based on what appears in the Extended Edition DVD, which is, in all three cases, better.

So, there you have it. I’m impressed with myself that I was actually able to whittle it down to 15. That said, I do have a few honorable mentions…

Amadeus: This movie is sort of like the bubble team that got squeezed out of the tournament because somebody won a conference tournament unexpectedly. Really good, really deserving of being in the top 15, but just didn’t quite make it.

Monty Python: Also very close to making the list. A true classic, and a source of much glorious, quotable nerdiness through the years. “Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries! … Now, go away, or I shall taunt you a second time!”

The Lion King: I was obsessed with this movie for a couple of years when I was younger. I even founded a “Lion King Club” on CompuServe. I know, way lame, right? But anyway, great music, great characters, great film. Scar is awesome. “No, you idiots! There will be a king! I will be king!”

Sweet Home Alabama and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants: Nowhere near the top 15, but they deserve a mention for being my favorite “chick flicks” (that I can think of, anyway).

The Day After Tomorrow: A terrible movie, but oh, so much fun to watch! Has the distinction of being the worst movie I’ve ever voluntarily seen in the theater twice. (I say “voluntarily” because Becky dragged me to see the Britney Spears movie, Crossroads, twice.) Also the worst movie that I’ve ever, voluntarily or not, seen twice in one weekend. :)

Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey: You know, the one with the dogs and the cat that airs on the Disney Channel now and then. So cute!

Star Wars, Episodes III-VI: I’m really not enough of a Star Wars buff to differentiate, off the top of my head, among the “original” three movies, which is at least partly why none of them made the list. But they’re all very good and very enjoyable, as is Episode III. Hell, I didn’t even mind Episode II. As for Episode I… let us never speak of it again.

Philadelphia, Apollo 13: Left off the list, lest people start to think I have a crush on Tom Hanks. Not that there’d be anything wrong with that.

Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Monsters Inc.: I haven’t seen these movies in quite a while, but I remember I liked them a lot. And, hey, Tom Hanks was in the Toy Story movies, wasn’t he? Heh.

Jurassic Park: What can I say? Another classic. Love it. “Must go faster…”

Dr. Strangelove: My mom’s favorite movie of all time, and for good reason. “You can’t fight in here! This is the war room!”

Others I considered, in no particular order: The Sixth Sense, Batman Begins, Pirates of the Caribbean, Ghost, The Truman Show, Seabiscuit, Chicken Run, Enemy of the State, The Matrix, X-Men 2, the Harry Potter movies, the Star Trek movies.

I’m sure I’m forgetting at least one or two important ones. Oh, well.

Mr. Cruise, please come out of the closet

Wednesday, December 7th, 2005

Whispers are swirling that Tom Cruise may try to sue the creators of South Park for a recent episode that insulted both Scientology and Mr. Cruise’s stalwart claims to heterosexuality. The question is, can he win the suit?

In other news, Jennifer Aniston’s topless pics have come to an Internet near you. And er, if you can’t figure out that the link is not safe for work, you need more coffee.

UPDATE BY BRENDAN: Aniston is suing over the above-linked photos. CrimProfBlog discusses the legal ramifications. (Hat tip: InstaPundit.)

Shadowmancer author says Harry Potter is gay

Thursday, October 6th, 2005

Not that there’s anything wrong with that. (Hat tip: Nick.)

I’m reminded of a scene from the South Park episode “The Return Of The Fellowship Of The Ring To The Two Towers,” in which Cartman, Stan, Kyle and Kenny spend the entire episode playing an elaborate Lord of the Rings role-playing game. The whole episode is freakin’ hilarious; the “Ring of Doom” equivalent is a porno movie, Butters become Gollum, etc. But I digress. In this scene, they’re walking down the street — continuing on their Lord of the Rings “quest” — when they pass a different group of boys who are waving sticks around and playing a different role-playing game. From the transcript:

Boy 1: I shall put a magic spell on you!
Boy 2: I have blocked your spell, wizard!
Kyle: Hey, what are you guys doing?
Boy 3: We’re playing Harry Potter.
Cartman: HA!! Fags!!

Heh. I don’t normally approve of, let alone use, that “f” word, but man, that’s funny. :) Of course, you have to picture Cartman dressed up as Gandalf when he says it…

Crappity crap

Tuesday, June 28th, 2005

As Becky and I watch the episode of South Park that features 4 million fourth-graders playing My Country Tis of Thee on their recorders, it occurred to me to check Wikipedia and find out: Is the “brown note” real? The answer: maybe! Or maybe not. More here and here.

You almost make me forget about Tacos

Monday, April 25th, 2005

For those of use who are moderately interested in this sort of thing, it turns out that Vincente Fox and his cronies are putting the screws to the one guy who could win the next presidential election in Mexico.

Suspiciously, as soon as Lopez Obrador started doing extremely well in the polls, the courts decided that it was necessary to charge him with a lame crime, thus dashing his chances of being president.

If I may rant, this is one of the things that really angers me about a lot of countries south of the border. These corrupt governments enrich themselves at the expense of the people and instead of investing in the future, they build these ridiculous mansions and such. If these jerks would invest more in the future of their countries, the average Jose wouldn’t be so poor that he has to live under a tin roof.

I’m no policy maker, but it seems to be that the US would do itself a favor to pressure the Mexican government to improve its schools and infrastructure because if people had opportunity there, they wouldn’t risk their lives crossing the border to the US. If the US and Mexico were more equivalent in terms of wealth and such, there’s no way people would flock to San Diego when they could just as easily work in Puerto Villarta or Cabo San Lucas or any number of Mexican cities.

Anyway. Corruption is bad.

And yes, I realize that all illegal immigrants are not from Mexico, but since I started the post talking about Mexico, I wanted to try to keep a sense of parallel structure. Besides, I like Mexico.

And the title is a reference to a South Park episode where Cartman’s hand believes that it’s Jennifer Lopez and starts singing to Ben Affleck about how their love almost makes her forget about tacos. :) Seriously, one of the best SP episodes ever!

Lemmiwinks, the Gerbil King

Sunday, July 18th, 2004

Check out Becky’s latest discarded thoughts on South Park, mental health, and the bigotry of “normality.”

Meanwhile, over on the SHA girl blog, she’s posted a review of the new Hilary Duff movie, A Cinderella Story. Job is mentioned. Yeah, that Job, the one from the Bible.

Elsewhere in the Brendansphere, Chris wants to Free Martha, and Adrienne is covering the Ad:Tech conferece over on the Ad:Tech blog.

In other news, I’m sleepy.

Blame the Internet!

Friday, April 9th, 2004

Are your kids arsonists? Did they burn down three churches and spray-paint satanic symbols on the floors? Well, that’s okay, it’s not their fault — it’s the Internet’s fault! [Warning: sarcasm alert!]

Michael D. Osborne, a Paintsville attorney who represents one of the juveniles, blamed the episode on unregulated Internet access, not hate or Satan.

“They’re not devil worshipers or bad kids,” Osborne said. “None of these children had been in any trouble.”

All of the defendants are good students from good families, he said. [Oh, well in THAT case… -ed.]

“There was no reason for this,” he said. “One or both parents of each child is a Christian. [And children of Christian families are ALWAYS good Christians, just like their parents! -ed.] The only common thread between them is that they spent lots of time on the Internet and had computer linkups between their computers.” [Computer linkups?!? Oh, the humanity!! -ed.]

What happened, Osborne said, is that “these juveniles will get on the Internet and it’s almost like brainwashing them.”

Osborne would not discuss what Internet content the four teens were reading. But he said of the dangers parents face in watching out for their children, unregulated access to the Internet is the most dangerous.

They have to do something with the Internet. I mean, how can you take a kid and give him access to every evil in the world without any regulation,” he said. “It’s where they can go to learn how to make crystal meth, make pipe bombs — they get into these chat rooms with God knows who … and when you spend most of your free time exploring the taboo, things don’t seem as bad.”

Best line: “They have to do something with the Internet.” Heh. They, indeed. THERE OUGHTA BE A LAW!!

I also love the assertion that “of the dangers parents face in watching out for their children, unregulated access to the Internet is the most dangerous.” I’d like to see an actual scientific study back that one up.

This reminds me of something… hmm… how does it go again…

Times have changed
Our kids are getting worse
They won’t obey their parents
They just want to fart and curse!
Should we blame the government?
Or blame society?
Or should we blame the images on TV?
Blame Canada!
Blame Canada!

Replace “Canada” with “the Internet,” and you get the idea.

UPDATE: On the subject on how these kids are “good students from good families” whose parents are good Christians, this quote from the same song (which is sung by the South Park parents) also comes to mind:

The smut we must stop
The trash we must smash
The laughter and fun
must all be undone
We must blame them and cause a fuss
Before somebody thinks of blaming us!

Not dead yet

Friday, April 18th, 2003

Rumors of Vice President Dick Cheney’s death are greatly exaggerated. The same goes for the Pope, Bob Hope, and several other people whose premature obituaries were discovered on CNN’s website on Wednesday.

“Canned obituaries,” written about famous people while they’re still alive, are a standard practice in journalism. But CNN had accidentally made them publicly accessible, and the fine folks at noticed. The Smoking Gun managed to quickly capture seven screenshots before CNN yanked the pages from public view.

In the case of the Gerald Ford obit, above, a certain Dana Carvey skit comes to mind. (For a full transcript of that skit, click here and scroll about two-thirds of the way down the page, to Robotninja’s post at 04-16-03 07:18:07 PM.)

Then there’s Hope, who will turn 100 next month.

But perhaps the most jarring is the obit of the very-much-alive Cheney, who is eulogized as the “loyal point man for two Bush presidencies.”

Hmm… can you say liberal
bias? Gerald Ford, Dick Cheney, Ronald Reagan… look at all the Republicans that CNN wants dead!!! Hehe.

Naturally, headline writers everywhere had a ball with this. Australia’s News Interactive wrote: And this just in: Pope not dead. The Scotsman declared: CNN makes a deadly mistake. Britain’s The Register quipped: CNN kills Castro early. CNET News states: CNN postings send some to early graves.

There’s nothing to be found about this on CNN’s web site now, but the Associated Press reports that CNN says “human error” is to blame.

Fark, which started this whole thing, now has a wonderful bunch of fake obits modeled on CNN’s pre-obits. A couple of good ones, below, for South Park‘s Kenny and for CNN itself:

See also obits of Osama Bin Laden, Jacques Chirac, Peter Arnett, Pat Robertson, Michael Moore, Wil Wheaton, William Jefferson Clinton (“Life is like a box of cigars”), Scruples (“Destroyed by Fox News”), The Constitution, and Hollywood’s Last Idea.