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UK TV watchdog angry with South Park's Croc Hunter parody

by Adam Finley, posted Oct 27th 2006 9:50PM

south parkI suppose it was inevitable. The most recent episode of South Park, "Hell on Earth 2006," featured a Halloween bash thrown by Satan. When Satan finds out one of the guest has come dressed as the late Steve Irwin, who was killed last month when a stingray stung him through the heart. Satan approached the guest to tell him his costume, complete with a stingray hanging from the chest, was inappropriate and it was "too soon," but it turns out the guest is actually the Crocodile Hunter himself. Satan then kicks him out for not having a costume.

Mediawatch, a UK TV watchdog, called it "grossly insensitive." Comedy Central defended the episode, saying that fans have come to expect such things from the series, and that this is neither the first nor the last time people will be offended by the show.

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PPalmer

The Rockford Files deeply offended me. The whole man-dog-love thing was creepy. I was glad when it was finally canceled.

(!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

October 30 2006 at 8:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jDub

I loved the Rockford Files.

October 30 2006 at 9:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
erskelyne

Insightful commentary, meagan. You have an unusually apt and observant style.

The only thing that would have made it perfect would have been the addition of a few more exclamation points, but I nitpick.

Why haven't the creators of this site asked you to join the team? They are really missing out on a powerhouse of style and wit.

TVSquad needs your histrionics, poor syntax, and of course the inevitable string of lol's, Omg's, and !!!!111!!1 your commentary would provide.

October 29 2006 at 7:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
meagan

you fucking idiots why in the hell did you make that cartoon for you should have not made it all !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

October 28 2006 at 11:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brent McKee

Mediawatch is the organization that was created by Mary Whitehouse and previously known as the "National Viewers and Listeners Association. She was the woman who once attacked the original "Doctor Who" for being too violent, so you know where they're coming from. Think of it as the British equivalent of the PTC but with a lot fewer members and a lot less clout politically.

October 28 2006 at 4:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tozmervo

So I shouldn't go to tonight's Halloween Party as Steve Irwin with a barb in my chest? Is that what I'm hearing?

October 28 2006 at 10:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joby

Just to show you what a pathetic organisation Mediawatch is...

C4's screening of 'The Exorcist' has been condemned by TV watchdog mediawatch-uk. Director John Beyer said: "C4 ought to exercise social responsibility, accept this is a nasty film and reverse its decision. It's not just horror - it deals with the deeply spiritual matter of devil possession and that's disturbing." He called on official watchdog, the ITC, to watch it and advertisers to withdraw ads during its screening.

ITV in the UK showed a tribute to Steve Irwin a week after his death, and at the end of it - it had one of his friends telling a joke about suncream... Mediawatch didn't even kick up a stink (i don't think they understood it).

I don't think anyone in the UK cares what Mediawatch have to say - just a bunch of jumped up pricks!!!

Lets hope it appears on Paramount Comedy in the next few weeks...

October 28 2006 at 8:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Peter Hall

Stigmata, go read Dante's Inferno. Placing people who were considered good - if not even great - in Hell is nothing new. It's social commentary, plain and simple.

If the media portraying good people in Hell had the exact effect on people you claim it does/will, Inferno would have the world placing zero investment in the Pope or the church, many of which suffered in the various circles of Hell in his work.

Get over it. It's South Park - and unlike Dante's Inferno, not a single organism is going to remember it in 700 years.

October 28 2006 at 8:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
HG

Please. Getting offended by South Park is like getting wet while swimming; it's going to happen. It's what Trey and Matt aim for and it's why people watch the show - whose turn is it to be mercilessly and tastelessly mocked?

I love South Park and it offends me on a regular basis. And you know what I do when I see that the episode is not for me? I change the channel. And as for influencing the impressionable minds of small children? If your children are still that impressionable? Don't.Let.Them.Watch.It.

October 28 2006 at 7:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
BartmanDK

Well pretty much what Joe said!

October 28 2006 at 7:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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