Friday, April 14, 2006

WE will decide what's funny

"South Park" Censored - Yahoo! News

The layers of irony here are thick enough to armor the Iron Giant.

The media, enshrined by our constitution as the last bastion of free
speech, in this article not only shows no outrage at the censorship
of a cartoon, but goes further to actively and one-sidedly condemn South
Park for poking fun at the Christian religion. (Although the outrage appeared to be lacking when the show previously showed Mohammed in 2001, or made fun of Scientologists - or even it's weekly poking fun at Jews).

And this for an episode which was entirely devoted to demonstrating how
the media and cartoons were the last bastion for free speech. And
where the forces of disingenuous special interests work to supress
free, if offensive, expression because they really just don't like the
cartoon and want it cancelled...and where, in the end, the brave
network doesn't cave in to terrorists and special interests...but hey, that's the fantasy of a cartoon, right?

"If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its
freedom; and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it
values more, it will lose that too" - William Somerset Maugham

(or if that is too heavy handed, how about..."A mind is like a
parachute. If it doesn't open, you're fucked!" - Don Williams, Jr )

[This post was written by manatees. If you have any complaints,
you'll need to take it up with them.]

UPDATE: Here is a clip from 2001 when South Park depicted Mohammed. When Comedy Central had guts.

Here is a link to the original post I did on the Danish Mohammed cartoon controversy. I posted the image of the comics. I'm sure I caused a huge riot, but it just didn't make the papers...


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