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‘South Park’ and conspiracy theorists
The Daily O'Collegian ^ | 10/19/2006 | Brent Battle

Posted on 10/19/2006 12:45:54 PM PDT by Panerai

“South Park” has evolved like most memorable TV shows in American pop culture. Since its 1997 debut, the show known for mocking every topic imaginable has become a beacon of social and political commentary.

The show’s creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, have critiqued Tom Cruise, the issue of censorship and other topics most shows dare not touch. At the end of each episode, one of the show’s main characters, a fourth grader, often offers a moral statement reminiscent of one of Aesop’s fables.

But Oct. 11’s social commentary came without a moral lesson. “The Mystery of the Urinal Deuce” featured Eric Cartman accusing the government of covering up the Sept. 11 attacks. Unlike the cartoon’s past critiques, this episode didn’t push the debate of the issue in any direction other than one must be insane to not believe fanatical Muslims were the masterminds.

Cartman cites a Scripps-Howard poll from August: 36 percent of U.S. citizens believe people working in our government had prior knowledge of the attacks but did nothing so they could rally the population behind going to war in the Middle East. The “South Park” episode said 25 percent. Kyle said anyone who believes the government involved in the attacks is retarded. Cartman blamed the attacks on Kyle because of his Jewish descent, a play on the common assumption 9/11 conspiracy theorists blame Jews and are anti-Semitic.

Assuming Parker and Stone agree with the stances taken by the more “reasonable” characters on the show, about half of New York City residents are retarded, according to a Zogby poll from 2004. A New York Times-CBS poll published this week finds only 16 percent of the nation’s citizens agree our government leaders tell the truth regarding the intelligence prior to the attacks. Fifty-three percent agreed the government “is hiding

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TOPICS: TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: 911; southpark

1 posted on 10/19/2006 12:45:55 PM PDT by Panerai
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To: Panerai
about half of New York City residents are retarded

Seems about right.

2 posted on 10/19/2006 12:47:49 PM PDT by kevkrom (War is not about proportionality. Knitting is about proportionality. War is about winning.)
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To: Panerai

To tell you the truth I can't really pin down the writer's stance. Maybe that's a good thing.


3 posted on 10/19/2006 12:50:37 PM PDT by cripplecreek (If stupidity got us into this mess, then why can't it get us out?)
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To: kevkrom

You're an ass and so is the pollster asking loaded questions to an unrepresentative sample.


4 posted on 10/19/2006 12:50:56 PM PDT by wideawake ("The nation which forgets its defenders will itself be forgotten." - Calvin Coolidge)
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To: cripplecreek

I think he's an idiot. Polls don't tell the truth. Just because half of New York believes there was a conspiracy, doesn't mean there was a conspiracy. It just means they're retarded.


5 posted on 10/19/2006 12:52:19 PM PDT by Ragtop (We are the people our parents warned us about)
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To: Panerai
...a Zogby poll...

There's some fiction.

6 posted on 10/19/2006 12:52:53 PM PDT by Niteranger68 (I gigged your peace frog.)
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To: Panerai
Kyle said anyone who believes the government involved in the attacks is retarded.

Someone needs a proofreader.

7 posted on 10/19/2006 12:53:38 PM PDT by newgeezer (Just my opinion, of course. Your mileage may vary. You have the right to be wrong.)
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To: RacerF150

And this is 'pulp' fiction...

"A New York Times-CBS poll"


8 posted on 10/19/2006 12:55:23 PM PDT by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: newgeezer

5th graders don't speak english very goodly..


9 posted on 10/19/2006 12:56:16 PM PDT by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: Panerai

I'm getting a raging clue.


10 posted on 10/19/2006 12:57:28 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Bigh4u2

If that's the case, it needs quotation marks.


11 posted on 10/19/2006 12:59:01 PM PDT by newgeezer (Just my opinion, of course. Your mileage may vary. You have the right to be wrong.)
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To: dfwgator

Realllly ???


12 posted on 10/19/2006 12:59:57 PM PDT by Panerai
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To: Panerai
The author apparently believes the US Government was behind 9/11. Here is the last paragraph of the piece.

Although recent “South Park” episodes have been hilarious and the social commentary stirs thought and debate, the episode attacking the 9/11 Truth Movement throws into question the intelligence, maturity and research of Parker and Stone. Viewers might presume that anyone who questions the official story is retarded. If both the show’s creators and polls are correct, at least half of the country is retarded.

One other thought. Looks to me like this guy loved South Park as long as the show was attacking things he detested. But as soon as they poke fun at the Bush did 9/11 moonbat crowd, the author is disillusioned.

13 posted on 10/19/2006 1:03:07 PM PDT by Pete
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To: kevkrom

two words would seem to confirm that:

"Mayor Bloomberg"


14 posted on 10/19/2006 1:03:24 PM PDT by flashbunny
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To: Panerai
he episode attacking the 9/11 Truth Movement throws into question the intelligence, maturity and research of Parker and Stone

One more thing. Maturity? Has this guy ever seen the show?

15 posted on 10/19/2006 1:04:16 PM PDT by Pete
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To: dfwgator

I just want to know who left the big ole mud monkey in the urinal.


16 posted on 10/19/2006 1:04:25 PM PDT by cripplecreek (If stupidity got us into this mess, then why can't it get us out?)
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To: Ragtop

You don't have to think, I'm telling you he is. I read his stuff right before turning to the crossword between classes. He is an idiot and a paranoid one at that.


17 posted on 10/19/2006 1:05:22 PM PDT by Mr. Blonde (You know, Happy Time Harry, just being around you kinda makes me want to die.)
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To: Panerai

To the author: WAYR????


18 posted on 10/19/2006 1:06:57 PM PDT by marinamuffy ("..pacifism ensures that cruelty will prevail on earth." - Dennis Prager)
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To: Panerai
...the episode attacking the 9/11 Truth Movement throws into question the intelligence, maturity and research of Parker and Stone.

LOL! Somehow, to me, to even think describing the creators of South Park as "mature" is a hilarious idea.

19 posted on 10/19/2006 1:10:11 PM PDT by FourtySeven (47)
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To: wideawake
You're an ass and so is the pollster asking loaded questions to an unrepresentative sample

Given who they elect to public office there, I'd also say half the town is retarded, in a manner of speaking.

20 posted on 10/19/2006 1:13:31 PM PDT by subterfuge (Tolerance has become the greatest virtue, and hypocrisy the worst character defect.)
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To: Panerai

Obviously, the author is a retard.


21 posted on 10/19/2006 1:13:35 PM PDT by Redcloak (Speak softly and wear a loud shirt.)
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To: Panerai

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=south+park+urinal&search=Search


22 posted on 10/19/2006 1:18:11 PM PDT by A.Hun (Common sense is no longer common.)
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To: cripplecreek

MMMMMK!


23 posted on 10/19/2006 1:30:49 PM PDT by 007girl
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To: wideawake; kevkrom
You're an ass and so is the pollster asking loaded questions to an unrepresentative sample.

Wow, dude. You seriously need a sense of humor.

It was a joke, IMHO. A pretty good one, too, also only IMHO.

I grew up in New York, just 20 miles outside of the city (you can always tell a New Yorker - there is only one "the city" for them, forever), and I laughed at the comment. Most New Yorkers I know would probably agree with the comment as well. Of course, it wouldn't include THEM!

24 posted on 10/19/2006 1:33:55 PM PDT by Phsstpok (Often wrong, but never in doubt)
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To: Panerai

53% retarded. Would that be close to the exact number of government employees, union workers, teacher's union and welfare folks combined?


25 posted on 10/19/2006 1:33:59 PM PDT by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: dfwgator
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26 posted on 10/19/2006 2:02:21 PM PDT by lesser_satan (EKTHELTHIOR!!!)
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To: Redcloak

"Obviously, the author is a retard."

He's probably some dorky, mush-for-brains college kid who has been told one to many times that he was "smart". Anybody who believes that conspiracy crap does so against all reason and facts. Those people are just stupid, not retarded.


27 posted on 10/19/2006 2:48:03 PM PDT by L98Fiero (Evil is an exact science)
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To: dfwgator

I'm getting a raging clue too - over to the Left.


28 posted on 10/19/2006 8:31:54 PM PDT by Caramelgal (Too annoyed right now for a tagline. Check back later.)
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To: Panerai

If you think 25-36% of Americans are retarded, you should go to the middle east and talk to those people. 95-99% of them think Jews bombed the WTC.

Their conspiracy questions???...

Question: "5,000 Jews were supposed to be there but apparently they didn't show up. How you American splain that?"

Answer: "well golly gee, I know 2 Jewish people indirectly and 1 personally who died in the towers. What happened to them? They didn't get the memo or the e-mail telling them not to show up?"

Question: "How you know muslim terrorist or Osama bin Laden responsible?"

Answer: "Well golly gee, we have him on tape confessing"

Question: "How you know this is not a Hollywood production?

Answer: "Yeah right. As if Arnold Schwarzeneger played Bin Laden and Billy Crystal played his Saudi house guest, and it was directed by Steven Spielberg. Has to be a Jew right?"

It's not just one person, it's everyone. Educated Christians there no less!!!

I shouldn't have even bothered arguing. I should have just played along with the gag and asked:

WAYR?

These people are definitely retarded. Then they wonder why their country and the whole region is a mess.


29 posted on 10/19/2006 9:32:40 PM PDT by Eric Blair 2084 ("Government is not the solution to the problem; government is the problem."--Ronald Reagan)
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To: lesser_satan; EveningStar


30 posted on 10/19/2006 9:40:07 PM PDT by Clemenza (Why live anymore?)
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To: Clemenza
OMG, separated at birth!
31 posted on 10/20/2006 9:22:18 AM PDT by lesser_satan (EKTHELTHIOR!!!)
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