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Moral Orel: God Fearing

by Adam Finley, posted Feb 27th 2006 10:34AM

moral orelAny show that views religion through a satirical lens is bound to be misunderstood. The Simpsons dealt with religious themes from the beginning and caught a lot of flak until it became clear that the target of its humor was not "God" but rather how human beings interpret religion and spirituality. The same could be said for South Park, especially with the recently vilified "Bloody Mary" episode. While South Park's approach is certainly more abrasive, neither it nor The Simpsons ever denies that God exists. The satirical crosshairs are always pointed directly at us lowly terrestrial beings.

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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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Comedy Central letter explains South Park omission

by Adam Finley, posted Jan 9th 2006 4:59PM
Last month there was some speculation as to whether or not Comedy Central had caved in by not airing the "Bloody Mary" episode of South Park, which featured a statue of the Virgin Mary spraying blood from her ass. Some Catholic groups were upset about the episode, and its omission from the marathon caused many people to think Comedy Central had finally succumbed to outside pressure. Boing Boing published a form e-mail Comedy Central sent to those who e-mailed the network to complain. If I'm reading the letter correctly, it appears Comedy Central chose not to air the episode just that one time in the name of holiday solidarity and whatnot. Here's the letter:

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Subtle Subtitles

by Keith McDuffee, posted Dec 30th 2005 10:28AM
Last week's winners (once again, no stars yet. I will get to them when we can assign stars again!):

1 star to Alan: "You're much more attractive than the usual bus station skanks Uncle Charlie usually brings home."
2 stars to Aaron M: "I want two of those...and some cookies too."
3 stars to Brent McKee: "Jake was sure to get everything on his Christmas list afer arranging HIS treat for Santa. If only he could keep her away from Charlie."

This week's image is from the controversial "Bloody Mary" episode of South Park:
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Comedy Central buckles under the weight of The Cross

by Ryan j Budke, posted Dec 28th 2005 4:59PM
This is actually an update to an earlier story stating that this would probably happen. According to Boing Boing and ComedyCentral.com, the season finale of South Park, entitled Bloody Mary and featuring a statue of the Virgin Mary *ahem* bleeding, has been pulled from the season marathon tonight. As you know, many catholic groups were up in arms over the portrayal and imagery in the episode and were putting lots of pressure on Viacom to have Comedy Central delete the episode from its library. Did Comedy Central actually buckle? We'll have to tune in tonight and find out because, according to most cable and satellite providers' guides, this reporter included, the episode is going to air as scheduled. Let me know what you think, but as for me: GO TREY AND MATT!!!

UPDATE: Someone caved. So last night, Comedy Central aired the classic Dodgeball episode in the first "position" of the South Park season marathon, then moved everything back a half an hour so that the "Free Willzyx" episode showed in the last of the marathon slots. Who pushed who? I have no idea, but feel free to speculate away.

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South Park episode condemned

by Ryan j Budke, posted Dec 19th 2005 10:39PM

south parkSure there have been some crazy episodes of South Park, but this may be a first for Trey Parker and Matt Stone. They've actually been condemned by the Catholic Church. The episode entitled "Bloody Mary" that aired on December 7th 2005, made fun of not only the Pope and miracles, but also the Virgin Mary.

Although I'm not sure that is any worse than having Satan date Saddam Hussein and sing Disney showtunes, the church apparently does. On December 8th The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights demanded Viacom permanantly retire the show, and not even include it on future DVD releases. Yea... I'm sure the boys will do that....

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