Perhaps a telling indicator of the state of today’s culture, the television show “South Park” and the movie based on the series succeed in ridiculing nearly every traditional institution and moral belief in the West, while enjoying a healthy level of popularity — especially among children.
The creators of the animated cartoon have won an Emmy for their work. And now Trey Parker and Matt Stone are in the news again. Recently, the two men announced they were preparing to launch a new show to debut in May of 2001 entitled, “That’s My Bush,” which would include President George W. Bush’s twin daughters Barbara and Jenna, age 19, being portrayed as a pair of “very hot and sexy” incestuous lesbians.
Larry Divney, chief of Comedy Central, which produces “South Park,” has said he feels “it may be inappropriate” to use depictions of the girls. However, Stone and Park originally disagreed with Divney and wanted to feature the Bush twins on their new show. Comedy Central spokesman Tony Fox explained that the script “was never an attempt to characterize [the Bush daughters] in any way. … But knowing Matt and Trey, it will be very provocative and eye-opening.”
Jenna Bush is a freshman at the University of Texas. Barbara attends Yale.
In response to the proposed series, the new president and his wife, Laura, issued an edict to Comedy Central, stating, in effect: Stay away from our daughters!
Perhaps it is no coincidence, then, that last week, Comedy Central ordered all references to the Bush twins removed from the proposed new show.
“We aren’t comfortable with them being on the show,” said Fox. “There’s some question about their status as public figures.”
After the decision to remove the Bush daughters from the series, according to the Associated Press, Parker said, “If we felt creatively that we needed them in, we would fight it. It’s just not something worth fighting.”
Parker said it’s ironic that he and Stone are getting heat, both because they personally lean Republican and because their series intends to lionize Bush, not ridicule him.
Many analysts believe that shows like “South Park,” which features children as its main characters, are evidence of what they consider to be a rapid cultural debasement of America.
So it is only fitting that one of Bush’s first acts in office was to publicly chastise Comedy Central’s intentions. “South Park” itself, cultural critics say, is a microcosm of the neo-depravity of Western civilization. A review of the film by the ChildCare Action Project says it comes “straight from the smoking pits of Hell.”
Consider that this is an award-winning show that has a featured category on Jeopardy. Actor Robin Williams sang the song “Blame Canada” from the “South Park” movie in front of the Clintons at a gala Hollywood function.
The show, which is a top shelf item at Comedy Central, is beamed around the planet to many nations, where it enjoys wide popularity. Even the outreach for new talent on the staff of “South Park” is global. For example, the show requested and was granted a special visa for Junichi Nishimura, a Japanese citizen and 1992 graduate of Chukyo University, to come to the U.S. as a “South Park” writer. According to Nishimura’s college transcript, obtained by WorldNetDaily, he received grades of “C” in courses such as “Study of Moral Education,” “History of English Literature” and “Readings in English Literature.”
In the official application for Nishimura’s visa sent to the U.S. Department of Justice Immigration and Naturalization Service, the South Park chiefs include an official “character bio” for the cartoon children who appear on the show. There’s Cartman, introduced this way: “You’d think because his mother appeared on the cover of CrackWhore Magazine, Eric would be a rather disturbed little boy … his mother is a hermaphrodite.” Then there’s Kyle Broflovski, “… he’s a Jew. And … this makes him the best student of the bunch … despite such oppression that made him friends with Mr. Hankey,” who is literally a piece of human waste.
Stan March is another character, described to the U.S. Department of Justice as “… accepting all animals, whether they’re gay or not. Stan is showing his love for Wendy [another character] … by throwing up in her mouth.” Kenny McCormick is “poor, poor, poor. That’s why Kenny dies each week. He deserves it for being poor.”
Another character, Chef, the school cook, carried the voice of singer Isaac Hayes. Hayes explains that when he first went to audition for South Park he “had a bad attitude,” because he thought he was auditioning for a Disney film. But then he “read the script and started cracking up.” Hayes has released a new song, encouraging everyone to “suck on [his] black salty balls” — a candy confection he cooks up, but with obvious sexual double-entendre.
Make no mistake. “South Park” is funny, even hilarious at times, and it certainly is addicting. It was supposedly created for adults, yet millions of children watch the show and repeat its plot lines, moral slant and dialogue with incredible detail. The “South Park” movie, rated R, was a top moneymaker in 1999. Ostensibly, the video is for adults as well; yet, once again, it appears that nary a child has been prevented from seeing it either at the theater or on video or DVD.
In some areas, “South Park” is broadcast in the afternoon at times when children traditionally watch television.
“What’s funny is where I am from [Quebec, Canada], ‘South Park’ has been translated into French and is on TV at 4 p.m. when kids get home from school,” an Internet developer told WorldNetDaily. “My nephews were watching it.”
Ironically, some “South Park” episodes might actually appeal to conservatives. For example, Janet Reno is parodied for her role in the Elian Gonzales raid. In this episode, Reno rappels down from a helicopter wearing an Easter Bunny suit to rescue some Romanian child circus performers seeking refuge in South Park, Colo. Another episode, aimed at the recent election scandal, chastises talk-show host and actress Rosie O’Donnell for her pro-Gore ranting.
Yet, most of South Park’s content is far from traditional family fare.
According to the aforementioned review of the “South Park” movie:
Satan is portrayed as the homosexual lover of Saddam Hussein and is portrayed as a sensitive, loving and caring being. Hussein waves his disembodied male member around. And it was not a cardboard drawing like most other images of the movie — it was of photographic resolution. The most foul of the foul words was clearly spoken by the children at least 131 times and many other times in a muffled or garbled way. The three/four letter word vocabulary was used at least 119 times. God’s name in vain was used 11 times without the four-letter expletive and six times with it. And many times the child characters were saying things like “What’s the big deal” (about the foul language). “Suck my —-,” “Let’s ([homo]sexual intercourse)” and [uttering] repeated questions about a female private organ. …
Angels were portrayed as females — nude, very nude. God was called many vulgar and hateful names. Satan was glorified. Jesus was equated with sexual anatomy. A child was graphically incinerated by igniting his anal wind. Then another kid tried to beat out the flames with a stick and was concerned about the stick catching fire. Body parts dripping with blood were ripped from a child by a surgeon who expressed shallow concern. The dead child was then seen with an exploded chest. The dead child, after being rejected from Heaven (by nude female angels) and cast into Hell, was then presented as a ghost trying to influence the other kids. An all-male chorus line wore pink bikini briefs. Homosexual acts were described. Decomposing burned bodies were cast as live occupants of Hell. “Big brother” electronic shock control of a child was used to prevent his use of foul language. … A man committed suicide by jumping out of a window. And throughout the movie was script to promote licentious belittlement of wholesome life and entertainment: rationale to lessen even further the threshold of acceptance.
While “South Park’s” creators laughed off this review, it prompted WorldNetDaily to undertake its own investigation.
In Part 2, tomorrow, Anthony LoBaido explores some specific “South Park” episodes and details the creative ways the show’s producers mock Jesus Christ and glorify human waste.
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