Skip to comments.Racy Cartoons Make Bart Simpson Look Like a, Um, Saint
Posted on 06/07/2007 12:38:23 PM PDT by EveningStar
When cartoons lampooning religion can make even Bart Simpson look like a saint, you know youre dealing with some racy material.
Tune into Comedy Central's "South Park" and you'll find Jesus boxing Satan, while over on Fox's "Family Guy," you'll find God as a white-robed, bearded creator setting off the world's big bang by passing gas.
Writers for Fox's "The Simpsons" long ago tapped into religion as a source of gentle jokes and story lines. In doing so, the show opened the way for hip, animated comedies like "South Park" and "Family Guy" to up the ante in joking about religion, often to the point of mockery...
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And get ready for the inevitable “Yeah, but they won’t take on the muzzies” comment.
“Actually, South Park mocks hypocrisy in religious institutions.”
Actually South Park mocks everything.
I have no problem with South Park. It’s not meant for kids, if your kids watch it, you have issues.
Most of the time I get the humor. They had one particularly offensive episode with a “blood orgy” for Christmas. That was past my threshold, so what did I do? Hmmmm, I could have:
Made a web page.
Made a blog entry.
Posted on FR.
Turn the channel.
I turned the channel.
Slow news day?
I wonder how long it will take?
I gotta say if I were Jesus I would not be offended by my representations on South Park.
Of course, that is kinda his job. (A little SP humor, here.)
There is always an underlying respect seldom afforded other characters.
Oh, it’s meant for kids alright; just the ones who are still avoiding potty-training all the way to the grave.
Catholics & Protestants have suffered for thousands of years with this. It makes them unhappy, it makes them miserable, it makes them indignant & angry, but the one thing it doesn't make them is homicidal.
Thus, the not-so-surprising irony: Christianity is an enduring religion and because it's core nature is a respect for Life, it's a target primarily because of some hypocrites who unfortunately claim to be representative.
And yet, Islam is unconditionally off-limits so much to the effect that if you even think something naughty, by golly, it's your a$$.
I was directing that at the author. It just seems like they ("journalists") trot out the "SP is over the top!" garbage whenever they have nothing else to write about. but you're right. It is NOT a slow news day! Thanks for the ping.
I liked the Easter Bunny episode wher Kyle the jewish kind has to kill Jesus so he can be reborn and save the world.
Kyle agrees to do it, but only if Jesus won’t tell Cartman ( the little nazi wannabe). The humor is about as subtle as an A Bomb, and has the same precision craftmanship an A bomb requires.
Don’t anti-Christian cartoons give us the right to rampage through the streets burning Lexuses and torching mosques?
You forgot the Muslim Option: rioting, death threats and beheadings.
To south parks credit, they tried and got shot down, and were not to happy about it.
Exactly, so they did the next best thing. They took on the Western "don't touch anything Muslim" Thought Police.
If I want to watch trash I’ll go into the garbage cans!
Bravo! Well said!
Actually, South Park has gotten pretty lame in the last year.
I still watch all the old episodes, but they just got too preachy and drag out the soapbox on too much stuff that isn’t funny.
I miss chef.
I am a real fan of South Park because they satirize just about everything which is just what we need in our increasingly PC world. Where else can someone poke fun at cheating in the Special Olympics?
I dunno. What SP did to the Mormons was really leveled at the foundations of their faith and not any kind of hypocrisy. How many times did they say Mormons were “dumb, dumb, dumb” for their beliefs?
I have always thought the Simsons were very respectful to Faith, while ragging on religions.
In fact, when they actually have shown God, they show God with normal human features (five fingers and toes) and normal colored skin. Of course God is not human, but, many have personified God in the past, and, I am sure that many more will in the future.
Of course, the best show was left out.
(to the opening theme)
The only time that I've really been offended by them (so I guess they aren't trying hard enough) is when they phone it in, like the Oprah-Towelley episode.
To be fair, you can’t nitpick parts out of the Mormon episode without the context of the resolution dialogue:
Stan: You guys were right, okay? The new kid’s a douche. Now I just gotta find a way to keep him away from me.
Gary: [shows up] Hey Stan.
Stan: Oh brother.
Cartman: Uh oh, the jilted lover returns.
Gary: Listen, I just wanted to let you know you don’t have to worry about me tryin’ to be your friend anymore.
Stan: I don’t?
Gary: Look, maybe us Mormons do believe in crazy stories that make absolutely no sense, and maybe Joseph Smith did make it all up, but I have a great life. and a great family, and I have the Book of Mormon to thank for that. The truth is, I don’t care if Joseph Smith made it all up, because what the church teaches now is loving your family, being nice and helping people. And even though people in this town might think that’s stupid, I still choose to believe in it. All I ever did was try to be your friend, Stan, but you’re so high and mighty you couldn’t look past my religion and just be my friend back. You’ve got a lot of growing up to do, buddy. Suck my balls. [turns around and walks off. All four boys just look at him in wonder, even Cartman.]
Cartman: Damn, that kid is cool, huh?
I’ve been watching the version of the Simpsons they show on Fox at 8:00 EST on Sunday evenings.
“...I havent seen them ever portray Flanders as anything but a kind and protective (sometimes overprotective) father.”
Well, see, that WAS how he was portrayed for most of the show’s run, but over the last few seasons, the episodes where he plays a prominent role appear to be more geared towards portraying him as a mean, dumb zealot whose views are always shown as wrong.
For example, in the episode “The Monkey Suit,” Flanders was portrayed as stupid and ignorant for believing in Creationism (In fact, that’s how pretty much ALL of the Creationists in that episode were portrayed). In the recent episode “You Kent Always Say What You Want,” Kent Brockman curses on the air, and Ned Flanders is depicted as a pathetic, paranoid nutcase for alerting a religious watchdog group to this outburst and ultimately getting Brockman fired.
I WISH they’d go back to portraying Ned as the prudish yet friendly and warm- hearted guy next door.
Best. Episode. Ever! (for the boy in the red poofball hat)
Why even bother to post here then? Seems like a waste of time.
South Park is great. Did this guy just discover it or something?
So don’t watch it. Nobody cares what you watch.
So don’t watch it.
Not even close.
The South Park discussion thread has been around for a couple of years, at least, and is a weekly occurrence.
Evidently, You've been out of touch..
See post 12 genius. Sheesh. Does anyone around here give a FReeper the benefit of the doubt?
I understand there are people so out of touch with popular culture as to not know about Family Guy or South Park and even easier to miss the generally conservative themes in South Park.
But how could Phillip Turner be so stupid as to write about them as if this a new situation without a quick search to find out they have been on the air for 9 and 11 years respectively.
And how did it his editor publish it?
I agree. And often the message is that Jesus is too easily taken for granted and/or ignored by too many of us.
Just sounds to me like the writer is wanting to give The Simpson's credit for South Park. IMHO, The Simpson's haven't been funny in years.
I don’t. I’m sure you don’t care either like=I don’t care what you watch. This was a statement. Nothing to get defensive about. It IS a choice and I made mine as you did yours.
Uhhh, because it is my right and I’m a member? Think?
Yeah, but they won’t take on the Zoroastrians.
Ah, “Because, that’s why”
Yeah, that arguement didnt get me anywhere in philosophy class either.
I asked a simple question. Why would you waste your time posting on something you already have a closed opinion about? That would be like walking in on a Star Wars movie marathon with dozens of people watching and yelling “Boring!”
Fine, you have an opinion. It just seemed like a waste of your time. I was wondering why you would go out of your way to post something so... curt. (And knowing full well it wasn’t in keeping with the other people in the discussion)
So, “Think?” Back atcha.
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