Editor’s note: Yesterday, WND reporter Anthony C. LoBaido presented an analysis of the wildly popular animated television show “South Park” and the movie based on the series. In today’s installment, LoBaido reviews several specific episodes, revealing the unique humor and themes employed by the producers of “South Park.”
It’s a show about children, but “Sesame Street” it is not. The creative minds behind the TV program “South Park,” a product of Comedy Central, are equal-opportunity offenders, skewering religion, traditional values and those — from both ends of the ideological spectrum — who have deeply held beliefs.
The show contains constant themes focusing on human waste, debasing Christmas, minimizing or mocking the ideas of abortion being wrong, sin, salvation in Heaven and judgment in Hell. Moreover, “South Park” goes out of its way to portray Jesus and his name in the context of a NAMBLA-style homosexual child rapist. A digitized photo of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is scanned into a newspaper in one episode, even though that photo adds nothing to the plot or story line.
One celebrated character is Mr. Hankey, literally a piece of human waste. In “Mr. Hankey the Christmas Poo,” a take-off of Frosty the Snowman, an opening song and accompanying artwork describe the content, color and texture of a variety of human waste.
But this is only the beginning. In another episode, Mr. Hankey goes on to smear himself all over Christmas dinner. The piece of human waste is eaten by a large group of “South Park” children who sing, “Yum, yum, yum.”
Dr. Robin Bernhoft, surgeon and talk-show host, told WorldNetDaily that the eating of human waste is a medical illness called coprophagia syndrome. According to historical evidence, both Catholic and Protestant missionaries in China, South Asia and Africa, serving in the field since the early days of Christianity, documented a great deal of information about human waste and demonic influence. These missionaries claimed that the eating of human waste, an obsession with it, and/or smearing it on one’s body or food are primary signs of demonic oppression or possession.
It is well known to scholars who have studied the life of Adolf Hilter
that there are accusations of his deep involvement with the occult
and that Eva Braun defecated and urinated upon him. The most
noteworthy of these accusations came from a prominent psychologist in the
1940s, although many have dismissed the charges as false.
While such habits may be seen in brain-damaged or mentally retarded individuals, high-functioning individuals may sometimes exhibit urophilia or coprophagia as part of a “paraphilia,” or abnormal sexual arousal disorder. Prostitutes are sometimes paid to participate in such activities. Otto Fenichel’s classic work “The Psychoanalytic Theory of Neurosis and Psychoanalytic Theory” links these habits with “fixations” or problems resolving certain developmental stages. Coprophagia, for example, is seen as a failure to resolve the “anal stage” of development.
A surgeon in Long Island who served as a doctor in the Vietnam war told WorldNetDaily: “The Vietcong would put human waste on very sharp bamboo sticks that they placed in rice paddies. Then our boys would come by and step on them. This put human waste into the blood stream and caused all kinds of sickness. I saw several cases of what I diagnosed as demonic possession in Vietnam, although I would never officially report it.” The doctor, known to this writer since 1977, asked that his name not be used, citing his belief in demons as “incompatible with the current medical establishment.”
A link between coprophagia and demon possession may date back to the time of Jesus. A footnote in one study Bible indicates that in the Mark 3 passage where the Pharisees accuse Jesus of working for Satan in casting out demons, ancient manuscripts either read “Beelzebub,” lord of the flies, or “Beelzebul,” lord of excrement, and that “excrement” was the word Jews used to describe pagan rituals.
“South Park” features episodes on Christmas and Jesus Christ to the point that it is almost an obsession. In fact, at the beginning of every episode, you can watch Santa Claus pick Jesus up over his head, spin him around several times and then throw him away with the aplomb of a man tossing aside a drumstick at a Thanksgiving feast. Another episode features Christmas with mass murderer Charles Manson. Yet another episode features Christmas in Hell. Then there’s the parody of Frank Capra’s classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” in which George Bailey tells Mr. Potter, “I know you want to suck it [his penis], bitch.”
In still another Christmas episode, the Cartman character offers a rendition of “O Holy Night,” in which he sings, “Jesus was born so I can get presents,” while the animation shows Cartman fleeing the nativity with the three wise men’s camels loaded with presents for himself.
Homosexuality and pedophilia are also recurring themes in “South Park.” The characters have a teacher, Mr. Garrison, who is openly gay and attempts to lure the students to have sex in a chat room on the Internet. In another episode, “The Mexican Jumping Frog of Sri Lanka,” Garrison — standing in class — fantasizes about showering with American troops in the Vietnam war.
In this same episode, Jesus is portrayed as the host of a Jerry Springer-like TV show called “Jesus and Pals.” One of the guests tells Jesus — who says, “Motherf—er” and takes his own name in vain — “We all want to touch children some times.” In still another episode about the North American Man Boy Love Association, a NAMBLA leader, upon finding a South Park boy to have sex with, looks up to Heaven and says, “Thank you, Jesus.” Later, another NAMBLA man, upon finding more boys to have sex with says, “Thank you, God.” In the end, thankfully, the children run away and the child molesters are ostracized.
Defenders of satire
Fans of the show say it is misunderstood. The program demonstrates absurdity by being absurd, they say. For example, in one episode, Parker and Stone make fun of sexual harassment programs by creating “Sexual Harassment Panda,” who comes from the land of useless mascots. The panda comes into schools to teach kids about the evils of sexual harassment. Children are punished for the most benign behaviors, and in the end, the town of South Park concludes society has gone overboard in its social conditioning.
South Park can be described as a satirical series. The New Webster’s Pocket Dictionary defines satire as “a literary genre in which ridicule is thrown upon something by stressing its worst features, often by the use of irony.”
In its defense, the show champions a decidedly “conservative” view on some issues. It features stinging portrayals of couples with children who divorce, parents who abandon their children so they may pursue personal interests and the far-reaching hand of government.
Then there was the show that portrayed democracy being brought to Cuba.
Also, the show is pro-development. Growth control proponents are the target in two specific episodes — one in which the kids find tearing down rain forests to build up developing countries is not such a bad idea (an extreme example to make a point) and another where the town opposes the building of a “Harbucks” coffee shop. The new coffee shop would cause a smaller town shop, “Tweeks,” to suffer from the competition. But the town finds that Harbucks coffee tastes better, and the competition prompted Mr. Tweek to try to improve his product.
Cartman becomes a Christian
And putting aside the contempt for Jesus, God and the Bible, “South Park” often offers insightful observations and truths about Christianity. One such episode portrays Cartman becoming a Christian.
Helping to lead Cartman and all the South Park children to conversion is a sermon given in church about Hell. In a story line that is a point-by-point endorsement of the biblical view of sin, the world, judgment, Hell and a worldview focusing on eternity, the South Park children decide to live for Christ, leave the pleasures of the temporal world behind to focus on the importance of eternity. Rev. Pat Robertson could not have written it better. But things soon begin to unravel. Cartman, the preacher, soaks his followers for money. Cartman becomes disillusioned when he finds a Catholic priest having sex with a woman in a confessional booth. (This sex act is shown in detail.) Finally, a Catholic nun alarmed at the sincere biblical zeal of South Park’s young committed Christians calls the Vatican. On the other end, she finds a mumbling, drooling Pope John Paul II unable to think or speak coherently. The episode sparked outrage from the Catholic Church in Australia.
“South Park’s” seemingly never-ending depiction of Satan and Hell most often focuses on the sex toys, masturbation and gay sex engaged in between Satan and Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.
As reported by WorldNetDaily, Saddam was gang raped as a young boy, and this tragic event has marked him for life. Israeli intelligence believes that Saddam was infuriated by his depiction as a homosexual lover of Satan in “South Park.”
A Mossad agent in Amman, Jordan, told WorldNetDaily, “Remember how the Pentagon and CIA had men working at CNN during the Gulf War? Well, this South Park-Saddam characterization seems to be a very cruel intelligence operation. It pokes at Saddam at the worst possible chink in his armor — the homosexual gang rape.”
Finally, God is depicted on “South Park” as some sort of hippo-like creature who eats flies and proclaims he is a Buddhist.
The abortion issue is addressed on “South Park” in a rather odd way. For example, the school nurse has a full-sized fetus protruding out of her head. In another episode, a “South Park” child tries to abort his mother’s baby with a coat hanger.
Speaking about “South Park,” Moad Mohammad, who recently moved to Kansas City from Jordan, told WorldNetDaily: “I feared moving to America because of the godless culture here. In any Muslim nation, such blasphemy would bring swift execution. Jesus is a prophet to Muslims. It is strange to me that Christians in America allow this show to even exist. When I was a young student, I went to university in France on an exchange program. I was so looking forward to meeting Christians and observing their faith in action, to read the teachings of Jesus in the gospels.
“Yet when I got to France, I was so disillusioned. Almost all people I met were totally paganized. They knew nothing of Jesus or His teachings, and they hated both the Catholic and Protestant faiths. The creators of this show must apologize and change their ways. Otherwise, they will be judged. We must destroy them before they destroy our children’s minds. It is not wrong to punish the guilty — especially those who act in a way opposed to the moral, emotional and spiritual health of children.”
Pope John Paul II — apparently still functioning at a level far higher than the mere drooling fool offered up by Parker and Stone — gave a speech on New Year’s Day to celebrate the third millennium that might interest both the advocates and detractors of “South Park.”
In this speech the pope proclaimed:
The greatest threat to world peace is the media-induced deconstruction of traditional cultures, patterns of family life, morals and customs. The slavish conformity of cultures, or at least of key aspects of them, to cultural models deriving from the Western world. Detached from their Christian origins, these models are often inspired by an approach to life marked by secularism and practical atheism and by patterns of radical individualism. This is a phenomenon of vast proportions, sustained by powerful media campaigns and designed to propagate lifestyles, social and economic programs and, in the last analysis, a comprehensive worldview which erodes from within other estimable cultures and civilizations.
Western cultural models are enticing and alluring because of their remarkable scientific and technical cast, but regrettably, there is growing evidence of their deepening human, spiritual and moral impoverishment. The culture which produces such models is marked by the fatal attempt to secure the good of humanity by eliminating God, the Supreme Good. Yet without the Creator, the creature comes to nothing! A culture which no longer has a point of reference in God loses its soul and loses its way, becoming a culture of death. This was amply demonstrated by the tragic events of the 20th century and is now apparent in the nihilism present in some prominent circles in the Western world.
Naturally, I do not believe that there can be easy or readily applicable solutions to a problem like this. It is difficult enough to undertake an analysis of the situation, which is in constant flux and defies all pre-conceived models. The need to accept one’s own culture as a structuring element of one’s personality, especially in the initial stages of life, is a fact of universal experience whose importance can hardly be overestimated. Without a firm rooting in a specific soil, individuals risk being subjected at a still vulnerable age to an excess of conflicting stimuli which could impair them.