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Post  eddie on Thu Jan 12, 2012 10:24 pm

South Park: the saviour of US TV

Surfing channels dominated by Republican monstrosity I came across Cartman and co, still going strong after 15 seasons

Jonathan Jones
The Guardian


2DTV … a still from the South Park season 15 episode HumancentiPad. Photograph: Comedy Central

A few months ago I was in a hotel room checking out American television. It was mostly horrific and inane. The horror was embodied by Republican presidential contenders debating in front of a Tea Party audience on CNN. As they competed to be the most noxious and extreme, I watched in disbelief – which only deepened when I turned to Fox News and saw a reporter denounce a liberal economist in what can only be called McCarthyite language.

As for the inanity, that was probably best summed up by a patriotic series about American steel. America has more iron ore than anywhere else! And this was at the serious end of the spectrum, on the History Channel.

And then I turned to Comedy Central and saw an episode of South Park. It was like manna in the desert. The obscenely funny cartoon radiated intelligence and humanity. Its brightly coloured cut-out figures seemed so much more three-dimensional than some of the "real" people on other channels.

It had been years since I regularly watched this cartoon, set in a Colorado town where every taboo is regularly outraged. It used to be hilarious when it started in the 1990s. With delight I discovered it is still hilarious.

Sick of hearing me describe that one recent episode I saw in the US, someone gave me a box set of season 13 for Christmas. Season 13! Last year, season 15 aired on Comedy Central. Who could have foretold such immortality for Eric Cartman?

South Park endures but it does not stay the same. Cartman has become more monstrous over the years. His school friends now detest him. But the show does not observe any dramatic unities: one moment it plays at being a realistic comedy about kids (for adults), then it widens out to include piracy in east Africa or to launch an attack on bikers.

I wish I could go into more detail about the humour, but as it says at the start of every episode, South Park is not suitable for anyone. So I'll leave you with the image of Mickey Mouse as a corporate thug beating people up in an episode that also features ... no, that's not appropriate.

Look, it's funny – if you have no standards, which apparently I don't.

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Post  Guest on Fri Jan 13, 2012 12:46 am

eddie wrote:The obscenely funny cartoon radiated intelligence and humanity.
Am I missing the irony here? Whenever I watched South Park I found it to be some bad taste cartoons
It is like praising someone's humanity because he/she talks about farts.
Not that I want to sound exquisite

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Post  Guest on Fri Jan 13, 2012 12:47 am



Funny? scratch

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Post  eddie on Fri Jan 13, 2012 1:32 am

Vera Cruz wrote:Am I missing the irony here? Whenever I watched South Park I found it to be some bad taste cartoons
It is like praising someone's humanity because he/she talks about farts

You'll have to ask Twoody to defend South Park, not me. I seem to recall from ATUI that he's a big fan.

But he doesn't seem to come here much any more.

I think all my Steve Bell fart cartoons about the Lib Dems have frightened him off. Very Happy

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Post  Guest on Fri Jan 13, 2012 2:26 am

Laughing
Everybody in Steve Bell's cartoons is so creepy...

Edit: I've just realized that when I quote one of the articles you post I should use quotations marks, if I don't it looks like I am arguing your point instead of the article's point

Edit2: I've just realized I can't use the verb "argue" properly

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Post  eddie on Fri Jan 13, 2012 4:24 am

Vera Cruz wrote: Laughing
Everybody in Steve Bell's cartoons is so creepy...

Politicians are creepy people. What a Face

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Post  Guest on Fri Jan 13, 2012 10:17 pm

Sometimes I wonder why politicians want to be politicians since they're going to be seen as creepy people...

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Post  eddie on Sat Jan 14, 2012 3:03 am

As the old saying goes: "Politics is showbiz for ugly people".

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Post  Yakima Canutt on Sun Jan 22, 2012 11:01 pm

Early in the morning, a mysterious alien man appears in South Park, entering from some kind of portal. Unfamiliar with his surroundings, he is hit lightly by a car. After shoveling snow, Stan, Kyle, Cartman and Kenny watch a report on CNN about the mysterious arrival. The alien, who has come from over a thousand years in the future, is looking for work because of the overpopulation and poverty of his time, and he learns that the money that he earns in the 21st century will be enough to feed his family in 3045.

Soon enough, large numbers of immigrants begin to come through the portal. The aliens are described by CNN as "a hairless, uniform mix of all races" with the same skin color, while their language is a guttural mixture of all world languages. As the boys return to offer to shovel snow again the next day, they find that the newly arrived time-immigrants have shoveled all driveways on the street for very low pay. As the immigrants are willing to accept jobs for that kind of pay, the original workers throughout South Park are fired, thus resulting in massive unemployment throughout the town.

At a meeting to discuss their concern with the immigrants, construction worker Darryl Weathers complains that they have worked hard to get their pay high enough to make a living, but now are being ousted by the time immigrants. The other workers voice their own complaints, with each sentence finishing off with an increasingly slurred and garbled exclamation of "They took our jobs!", which later becomes their slogan.

Later at that meeting, Weathers has the audience suggest ideas for stopping the immigrants from arriving at the town. One man suggests everyone stripping and engaging in an orgy; Weathers likes the idea, as it is the only way to stop the immigrants from coming because homosexual couples cannot spawn offspring. The protesters agree and begin the orgy.

Meanwhile, Stan's father Randy loses his job to an immigrant and becomes the spokesperson of the protesters. Randy is interviewed by CNN while still naked. Next to him is a very embarrassed and disturbed Stan, who explains that he understands that the immigrants are living in poverty and they are just trying to get by, but realizes that poor societies often hurt other societies instead of helping them. He suggests that the people of the present should try to make the future better so the immigrants will not need to come.

The entire town begins to recycle, install solar and wind power devices, plant trees, give to the poor, etc., hoping to cause the Goobacks to disappear. Although the townspeople's efforts are successful, the boys observe that the work is "gayer than all the men getting in a big pile and having sex with each other", and with an exclamation of "To the pile!", the protest orgy is resumed.

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Re: South Park

Post  Yakima Canutt on Tue Jan 31, 2012 9:57 am

eddie wrote:
A few months ago I was in a hotel room checking out American television. It was mostly horrific and inane.




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Post  Yakima Canutt on Wed Feb 08, 2012 9:41 pm

Guardia wrote:
A few months ago I was in a hotel room checking out American television. It was mostly horrific and inane.





















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