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Protests over South Park episode in New Zealand

by Adam Finley, posted Feb 23rd 2006 2:15PM
south park bloody maryBy now the noise over South Park's infamous "Bloody Mary" episode featuring an excessively menstrual statue of the Virgin Mary has died down, but folks in New Zealand hadn't seen it until recently. Needless to say, many of them weren't happy. As the cartoon was being broadcast, hundreds of protesters gathered around a statue of the Virgin Mary to pray. In addition, 350 people protested outside the TV station that broadcast the cartoon. Despite the protests, or possibly because of them, the episode garnered more than six times the usual audience. If nothing else, South Park has proved not only can it raise the ire of American audiences, it also knows how to offend on a global scale.

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Not Bitter

Sout park is too cowardly to do something like this to Muslums.

February 24 2006 at 11:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Box Party

I also think that every religion uses lobby groups, and are therefore equally dangerous. They teach about Islam in elementary schools, but cannot mention Christ. Lobby groups manage to kill freedom from every direction...

February 24 2006 at 6:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Emily

No one's free speech rights were violated. One set of individuals broadcasted something that offended another set of individuals. The second set told the first set to shut their collective pie hole because they didn't like it. The first set was not convinced by their protestations and continued. The event ended.

A free speech violation requires the government to come in and tell you to shut your pie hole and/or punish you for what you said. The Kiwi government was not involved in this situation, therefore no free speech issue.

Sure, you have the freedom of speech to say any offensive thing you want and I reserve my freedom of speech to tell you that you are full of crap.

February 23 2006 at 10:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
David P Brown

oh yeah, lobbyist are way more dangerous than people rioting in the streets, setting cars on fire, and killing people ;-)

February 23 2006 at 4:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Carissa

In this country, every religion uses lobby groups, and are therefore equally dangerous. They teach about Islam in elementary schools, but cannot mention Christ. Lobby groups manage to kill freedom from every direction. Riots, on the other hand, kill people. No riots from South Park, and the flack died down very quickly. I'll choose right-wing Christians over gun-toting "extremists" any day.

February 23 2006 at 4:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Glenn

The christians use lobby groups instead to kill freedom of speech. Much more dangerous.

February 23 2006 at 4:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
David Woods

Notice that Christians can be offended like any other religion but it's funny, I haven't noticed any riots, or burning buildings or murders over it. If you are Christian, this episode is probably pretty offensive as say, a danish cartoon.
Just a thought.

February 23 2006 at 3:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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