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"South Park" Parked by Complaints
Yahoo! ^ | Thu Dec 29, 2005 | Sarah Hall

Posted on 12/30/2005 12:45:47 AM PST by Quick1

Following the Dec. 7 season finale of South Park, titled "Bloody Mary," the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights slammed the network for its irreverent portrayal of church icons and sought to block the episode from being rebroadcast.

It appears the group may have met with success. A repeat of the finale was scheduled to air Wednesday night, but was seemingly pulled from the Comedy Central lineup without explanation.

In the episode, a statue of the Virgin Mary is believed to be bleeding from its rear end, inspiring faithful parishioners to flock from miles around to be healed by the miraculous blood.

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I honestly hope it wasn't pulled for that reason (we don't know for sure, as CC has declined to comment), as the best thing about South Park is that they don't listen to people that are offended. Pulling this would set a precedent for them.

Also, the people getting their panties in a knot miss the whole point of the episode. It's not making fun of Catholics, it's making fun of people who worship "miraculous" idols. There have been plenty of stories recently about people worshipping images of Mary, in grilled cheese, or weeping statues, and people flock to them.

Finally, let's get this out of the way: South Park has made fun of Muslims, also, so you can put that old canard away instead of repeating the lie on every thread. Dirka Dirka Dirka.

Change the channel if you don't like what you see, and vote with your eyes.

1 posted on 12/30/2005 12:45:47 AM PST by Quick1
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To: EveningStar

You might be interested in this.


2 posted on 12/30/2005 12:47:49 AM PST by Quick1
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To: Quick1

The Comedy Channel decides whether to replay it or not, and they decided not to. They decide what to show on their channel, and no one else does. They voted, and not many other votes on the subject really count do they. That's that.


3 posted on 12/30/2005 12:50:12 AM PST by Mount Athos
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To: Quick1

If people could simply learn to laugh at themselves, the world would be a much better place. Unfortunately, too many liberals AND conservatives have yet to learn this.


4 posted on 12/30/2005 12:51:56 AM PST by killjoy (Same Shirt, Different Day)
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To: NYer; Salvation; little jeremiah; Teˇfilo

Ping!


5 posted on 12/30/2005 12:51:59 AM PST by Ronaldus Magnus
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To: Quick1

South park insults everybody. If they have their way, I wouldn't be surprised if they come up with an episode making fun of the people who complain about it.


6 posted on 12/30/2005 12:54:41 AM PST by CarrotAndStick (The articles posted by me needn't necessarily reflect my opinion.)
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To: CarrotAndStick

I think the whole South Park movie was pretty much about that :)


7 posted on 12/30/2005 12:56:28 AM PST by Quick1
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To: Quick1

Excellent news. I'm sure all the Conservative in Name Only South Park defenders on this site will be outraged. I also look for this thread to be taken off the News-Activism forum like all the other South Park threads recently.


8 posted on 12/30/2005 12:58:56 AM PST by balch3
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To: balch3

Sounds like you need to take a ride on Big Gay Al's Big Gay Boat Ride.


9 posted on 12/30/2005 1:02:10 AM PST by killjoy (Same Shirt, Different Day)
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To: killjoy

We have become a nation of victims, complainers and whiners. Everyone has some injustice visited on them. Speaking personally, I feel victimized by the whiners and seek to form a boycott, if not actual protests.


10 posted on 12/30/2005 1:02:18 AM PST by durasell (!)
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To: Quick1

"A repeat of the finale was scheduled to air Wednesday night, but was seemingly pulled from the Comedy Central lineup without explanation."

Simple explanation, don't air the episode, sit on it for a while and then hype it as being the "banned episode", air it again and...

$$$$$


11 posted on 12/30/2005 1:02:58 AM PST by happinesswithoutpeace (You are receiving this broadcast as a dream)
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To: Quick1

I do too.

I've heard they have a label for it and I'd like to think I fall under the category of "south park republican".

Main qualities include.
Strong sense of sarcastic sense of humor. Can laugh at yourself. Despise Political Correctness and liberalism. Knows hollywood is full of liberal phonies and spoiled babies.


12 posted on 12/30/2005 1:03:04 AM PST by Proud_USA_Republican (We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good. - Hillary Clinton)
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To: happinesswithoutpeace

Hmm, that's actually a plausible theory.


13 posted on 12/30/2005 1:04:17 AM PST by Quick1
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To: balch3

I don't believe I put it in News/Activism, I put it in Extended News.


14 posted on 12/30/2005 1:04:49 AM PST by Quick1
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To: Quick1
I've recently discovered a MUCH funnier show on the Cartoon Network: The Aqua Teen Hunger Force.
15 posted on 12/30/2005 1:05:00 AM PST by Petronius (Isolationism has never been tried!)
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To: Proud_USA_Republican
Knows hollywood is full of liberal phonies and spoiled babies.

Also knows that not *all* whining biotches are liberals.

16 posted on 12/30/2005 1:05:49 AM PST by Wormwood (Iń! Iń! Cthulhu fhtagn!)
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To: balch3

Have you ever heard about the legend of scuzzlebutt?


17 posted on 12/30/2005 1:06:58 AM PST by Proud_USA_Republican (We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good. - Hillary Clinton)
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To: Petronius
I've recently discovered a MUCH funnier show on the Cartoon Network: The Aqua Teen Hunger Force.

My wife has Meatwad tattooed on her big toe.

/not kidding
//she makes it talk

18 posted on 12/30/2005 1:07:01 AM PST by Wormwood (Iń! Iń! Cthulhu fhtagn!)
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To: Wormwood

"Iä! Iä! Cthulhu fhtagn!"

Captain Marsh..is that you? LOL.


19 posted on 12/30/2005 1:12:41 AM PST by happinesswithoutpeace (You are receiving this broadcast as a dream)
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To: Quick1
It's offensive...hideous. Yes, we have constitutional freedom of expression, but we also have a moral responsibility to avoid ridiculing religions in such a way as to defame them. If one believes in a need criticize a religion, one should do so only analytically, with honesty, good evidence and no intent to harm anyone.

Raunchy 'South Park' Virgin Mary Episode Angers Catholics
Associated Press by way of NBC11
9DEC05
"The cartoon, which runs on Comedy Central, features an episode this week titled "Bloody Mary," in which a South Park character claims to have been sprayed with blood from a body orifice of a Virgin Mary statue. When Pope Benedict investigates, he declares that she's just having her period."

That's grotesque stinking thinking and not for television, IMO.
20 posted on 12/30/2005 1:18:53 AM PST by familyop
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To: familyop

You will get flamed unmercifully for telling it like it is. There are a lot of people here who excuse anything South Park does, no matter how vile.


21 posted on 12/30/2005 1:21:45 AM PST by balch3
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To: Quick1

I saw that ep myself and didn't find it terribly amusing. I tend to cringe when they take thwacks at Christianity. Contrast that with their brilliant skewering of Scientology, which was one of their best eps, period.


22 posted on 12/30/2005 1:21:57 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Cheney X -- Destroying the Liberal Democrat Traitors By Any Means Necessary -- Ya Dig ? Sho 'Nuff.)
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To: familyop

That's grotesque stinking thinking and not for television, IMO




Not to mention theologically incorrect.


23 posted on 12/30/2005 1:23:16 AM PST by balch3
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To: balch3
What exactly entails being a "South Park Defender"?

And who made you the arbitrator of who is and who is not a conservative?
24 posted on 12/30/2005 1:23:31 AM PST by RWR8189 (George Allen for President)
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To: balch3

I really dislike South Park and have taken the unique, if not wholly innovative approach of --- simply not watching it.

I see myself as an innovator in this regard. If this catches on, people all over America will not watch programs they don't enjoy. It could change television as we know it.


25 posted on 12/30/2005 1:25:07 AM PST by durasell (!)
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To: familyop
but we also have a moral responsibility to avoid ridiculing religions in such a way as to defame them.

How so? If we have freedom of religion, and freedom of speech, then we also have freedom to criticize other people's, or even our own, religions. I'll be the first to admit that South Park doesn't exactly do it tactfully, but it usually has a good message in there.
26 posted on 12/30/2005 1:26:29 AM PST by Quick1
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To: Wormwood
My wife has Meatwad tattooed on her big toe.

Far out! You should surprise her with a 10" Master Shake on your back. :-)

I saw it for the first time a few weeks ago. I pulled a muscle in my neck I was laughing so hard; it left a smoking crater on my mind.

27 posted on 12/30/2005 1:27:17 AM PST by Petronius (Isolationism has never been tried!)
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To: balch3

For the last time, this wasn't about Catholicsm (much). It was showing the ridiculousness of people who come to worship STATUES.


28 posted on 12/30/2005 1:28:30 AM PST by Quick1
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To: Quick1

I cant understand why anyone over 12 would watch South park to begin with. It's not funny it's garbage. But that's just my opinion.


29 posted on 12/30/2005 1:29:23 AM PST by BigCinBigD (Merry Christmas!)
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To: Quick1

Hey, if there are Catholics worshipping idols and icons then they should be made fun of.


30 posted on 12/30/2005 1:29:30 AM PST by GeronL (http://flogerloon.blogspot.com)
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To: RWR8189

According to him, a "South Park Defender" is anyone who says to just change the channel, and a conservative is someone who doesn't use any naughty words.


31 posted on 12/30/2005 1:29:45 AM PST by Quick1
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To: BigCinBigD

I'll give you that the latest episode wasn't that funny. But if you want funny, you should check out the Scientology episode, or even better, the episode telling the story of Joseph Smith. Absolute classics.


32 posted on 12/30/2005 1:30:49 AM PST by Quick1
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To: familyop

33 posted on 12/30/2005 1:31:15 AM PST by jjbrouwer (Falling down that hill)
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To: balch3
"You will get flamed unmercifully for telling it like it is. There are a lot of people here who excuse anything South Park does, no matter how vile."

Let 'em flame. Defamations against Judaism developed repeatedly into massacres and mass expulsions over the past 1700 years or so. That's why I believe that we have a responsibility to avoid mindless ridicule against religions--even if it makes many people laugh.
34 posted on 12/30/2005 1:31:57 AM PST by familyop
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To: GeronL

Nun Bun stolen, owner reports

Cinnamon sacrilege on Christmas morn

By TRENT SEIBERT
Staff Writer


Something crummy happened in Nashville on Christmas morning.

The Nun Bun was stolen, its owner said — and he fears the globally renowned cinnamon roll, famous for its resemblance to Mother Teresa, has been ripped apart and thrown away.


"My gut feeling is that it's destroyed," said Bob Bernstein, the owner of Bongo Java coffee shop, where the bun had been on display for nearly 10 years. "Someone took it, destroyed it and it's the last we'll hear of it."

Someone broke into the Belmont Boulevard coffeehouse yesterday morning, apparently with the sole purpose of stealing the pious pastry. Bills and loose change in charity-donation containers near the bun's glass display case were untouched, Bernstein said.

"They went right for the bun," he said. "What the heck they are going to do with it, I can't imagine. It's sure not something anyone would eat. I hope they do eat it. It will teach them a lesson."

The Nun Bun became the object of international attention in 1996 — less than a year before Mother Teresa's death — after Bongo Java employees noticed its uncanny resemblance to the world-famous Catholic missionary.

"It may not be a miracle, but it's close enough for Nashville," singer-songwriter Sand Sheff said at the time.

The bun was controversial, too. Bernstein stopped marketing T-shirts and mugs featuring it after Mother Teresa, then 86, wrote him asking him to stop.

"She didn't mind the bun itself, but she didn't want us making money off her name or image," Bernstein wrote in his history of the Nun Bun posted on Bongo Java's Web site, www.bongojava.com.

The curious confection enjoyed some renewed publicity last year after a Florida woman made $28,000 on e-Bay by selling a partially eaten grilled cheese sandwich she said featured the image of the Virgin Mary.



Closer to home, many Tennesseans also remember accounts of "Freezer Jesus," an image of Christ that appeared on a chest freezer in Estill Springs, Tenn., in the late 1980s.

As for what anyone could do with the Nun Bun while it's "hot" — while it's stolen merchandise — that wasn't clear yesterday. There were no listings on e-Bay last night for a "nun bun."

Bernstein said he does not know the bun's worth. He tried at one point to find an insurer for the bun, "but no one would touch it."

Metro’s police report on the theft estimated the bun’s value at $25. It said the “Mother Theresa Cinnamon Bun” was the only item taken. As stolen goods, the bun was classified in property category No. 77, for “other.”

Bongo Java was closed yesterday for Christmas and was due to be closed today, but Bernstein said he will open the shop so people can come to discuss the bun, or, perhaps, provide information they might have about who stole it.

"It's weird," Bernstein said. "You laugh about it a little bit, but it's an empty feeling. It's like the end of an era."


35 posted on 12/30/2005 1:32:41 AM PST by durasell (!)
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To: familyop

"Defamations against Judaism developed repeatedly into massacres and mass expulsions over the past 1700 years or so. That's why I believe that we have a responsibility to avoid mindless ridicule against religions--even if it makes many people laugh."

Are you expecting any massacres or mass expulsions because of this cartoon?


36 posted on 12/30/2005 1:33:53 AM PST by happinesswithoutpeace (You are receiving this broadcast as a dream)
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To: Quick1

When will they do a show on Mohammed? Do they dare?


37 posted on 12/30/2005 1:34:20 AM PST by Cronos (Never forget 9/11. Restore Hagia Sophia!)
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To: familyop
Defamations against Judaism developed repeatedly into massacres and mass expulsions over the past 1700 years or so. That's why I believe that we have a responsibility to avoid mindless ridicule against religions

Well then, this episode was ok. It wasn't a mindless ridicule against a religion, it was ridiculing people who worship idols, in particular the people who worship a grilled chees sandwich that may or may not look like the Virgin Mary.
38 posted on 12/30/2005 1:35:52 AM PST by Quick1
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To: happinesswithoutpeace
"Are you expecting any massacres or mass expulsions because of this cartoon?"

...if that kind of defamation becomes very popular and frequent, yes. You should read some history.
39 posted on 12/30/2005 1:36:03 AM PST by familyop
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To: Cronos

That post was a joke, right? Go rent Team America.


40 posted on 12/30/2005 1:36:22 AM PST by Quick1
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To: familyop

Seems the market cleaned up this problem all by itself.

Comedy Central seemingly decided that continuing to air this episode would negatively effect its bottom line.

If in the future there is enough demand for it to be re-aired, I'm sure it will.

The system works.


41 posted on 12/30/2005 1:37:24 AM PST by RWR8189 (George Allen for President)
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If in the future there is enough demand for it to be re-aired, I'm sure it will.

It's win-win for Comedy Central. They pull this rerun to satisfy the Catholic League, and then in a year or so, the DVD sales go through the roof when they include the "banned episode".
42 posted on 12/30/2005 1:39:11 AM PST by Quick1
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To: Quick1
They pull this rerun to satisfy the Catholic League, and then in a year or so, the DVD sales go through the roof when they include the "banned episode".

Sold.

43 posted on 12/30/2005 1:39:38 AM PST by Wormwood (Iń! Iń! Cthulhu fhtagn!)
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To: familyop

"You should read some history."

When will the mass expulsions start due to this cartoon? If you would be so kind as to draw on your historical knowledge.


44 posted on 12/30/2005 1:40:24 AM PST by happinesswithoutpeace (You are receiving this broadcast as a dream)
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To: durasell
I would be interested to know if the Catholic League has protested the multitude of episodes that portray Jesus as a joke or just the ones that make fun of Catholicism.
45 posted on 12/30/2005 1:40:30 AM PST by Dudesdad
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To: familyop

If we started killing everyone that South Park made fun of, there wouldn't be anyone left on the planet.


46 posted on 12/30/2005 1:41:23 AM PST by Quick1
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To: Quick1
. . . the people getting their panties in a knot miss the whole point of the episode. It's not making fun of Catholics, it's making fun of people who worship "miraculous" idols. There have been plenty of stories recently about people worshipping images of Mary, in grilled cheese, or weeping statues, and people flock to them.

Eventually, Pope Benedict XVI is called in to investigate, whereupon he determines that the statue is actually menstruating and thus is nothing special.

"A chick bleeding out her vagina is no miracle," the pope declares in the episode. "Chicks bleed out their vaginas all the time."

Appears to be rather rude and crude to me.

If I were a devout Christian, I'd be ticked off too.  IMHO, they have a real good reason for being appalled and disgusted.

Mocking their knotted panties is rather lame.

Change the channel if you don't like what you see, and vote with your eyes.

You don't need to see it to condemn it.  Standing up for your beliefs is better than flipping channels and remaining silent.  The tension between the two extremes will eventually produce the right course.

47 posted on 12/30/2005 1:41:26 AM PST by Racehorse (Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.)
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To: Dudesdad

Which episodes in particular portray Jesus as a joke?


48 posted on 12/30/2005 1:42:26 AM PST by Quick1
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To: Quick1
"...it was ridiculing people who worship idols..."

Even if you believe that, people who worship G-d and another (as a concept) are closer than Atheists and are to be respected. Besides, you won't find a willing foreign student of your beliefs (even if they ask without you proselytizing, which is when it becomes your duty) by making them angry with such nasty nonsense.
49 posted on 12/30/2005 1:43:21 AM PST by familyop
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To: Dudesdad

Probably just the ones that directly cite the church.

Victimization has become a rallying cry for all kinds of groups -- left, right and center. Reading through my direct mail solicitations, 8 out of 10 times they're raising money to "fight" something or other.


50 posted on 12/30/2005 1:43:58 AM PST by durasell (!)
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