Skip to comments.VILE “SOUTH PARK” EPISODE PULLED (Catholic League Pres. responds)
Posted on 12/30/2005 11:40:04 AM PST by NYer
Several news stories today are reporting on the decision by Comedy Central to pull a scheduled rerun of the Bloody Mary episode that was shown on South Park on December 7-10. The decision reflects what I asked for in our news release of December 8. Therefore, I commend Comedy Central for finally making the right decision. That it aired in the first place, however, does not speak well for the bigots responsible for creating it.
In our December 8 news release, I also said, Remember, they chose to insult Our Blessed Mother on the eve of the Immaculate Conception, and the holy day itself. The episode in question featured a statue of the Virgin Mary spraying blood from her vagina. It was one of the most vile TV shows ever to appear, and that is why I asked Joseph Califano, a practicing Catholic and member of Viacoms board of directors (Viacom is the parent company of Comedy Central) to issue a public condemnation of the Bloody Mary episode; I also asked that he do whatever he could to pull any scheduled reruns of the episode.
On December 9, the day Califano received our request, he released a statement condemning the episode. He also said that any further decisions would have to be made by Tom Freston, president and chief executive of the New Viacom. For the past few weeks, we have been in touch with Frestons office awaiting his decision. Yesterday, we received a phone call from Tony Fox, executive vice president for corporate communications at Comedy Central, informing us that there were no plans to rerun Bloody Mary.
Already, we are being deluged with hate mail that is as obscene as it is viciously anti-Catholic. All because we exercised our First Amendment right to request that Comedy Central not offend Catholics again! But were used to such things and will not be deterred.
The Catholic League is the nation's largest Catholic civil rights organization. It defends individual Catholics and the institutional Church from defamation and discrimination.
I hate to be the bad guy here, but for all the work the CL does, Bill Donohue still supports homosexual civil unions, which is explicitly against Church teaching. I wish Catholics would put some pressure on him about this. Because in the grand scheme of things, homosexual civil unions are a far greater threat than anything on TV. I don't want to support a Catholic group that is fighting against Church teaching no matter what they do.
I saw that episode. My impression was that the scenes questioned here were unecessary to the topic of the story. The other parts were funny. The Virgin Mary part was not.
great another thread so the FR Holier than thou club can come out and demonize those that enjoy the show.
NO thanks, I'll pass.
a/k/a The Humor-Impaired Club
yeah that too....
but they enjoy not having a sense of humor whereas if you call them "holier than thou", it makes them mad because it hits them right between the eyes.
I certainly won't defend this episode, which indeed sounds vile and disgusting. But I'll say this for "South Park." Unlike most other shows, they don't single out Christianity for abuse, while honoring a host of sacred cows. They make fun of everyone. Which means that they're attacking the Church bothers me much less than it would coming from other quarters.
Good for the Catholic League!
But be careful everyone, a certain poster has reappeared who LOVED that episode and who begins to weep and whine if anyone makes even a passing reference to his posting name.
Amazing how people like him think everyone else humor-less if we object when our beliefs are attacked, but even a little passing reference to his posting name goes right through his very thin skin.
Not as much as this CARTOON has irked YOU, at least, to force YOU into FR stalking me from South Park thread to South Park thread....
I can't believe people on FR look to a CARTOON to have their values reaffirmed.
That strikes me as really WEAK.
I get annoyed when Donohue starts morphing into Foxman.
Why is it people have lost their sense of what is comedy and what is just plain bad taste? I could care a less that they make fun of "everyone," it still does not make it right.
There is a difference between humor and bad taste.
Cmon...eat the forbidden fruit that is South Park
I don't believe because someone disagrees with the content of the episode that they do not have a sense of humor or pretend to be "holier than thou." Quite the contrary, what you may find to be humerous, i.e blasphemy, the irreverent use of the Blessed Mother's name or speaking disrespectfully of holy things certainly does not mean everyone else finds this humerous. It also does not mean that people are anti-humor. I don't watch the show so I can't comment on it, but I have several friends who do find it funny. I do worry that people and society in general have sunk so low that bad taste has become the norm.
you should read some of the other threads then before commenting.
I watch it all the time.
Sorry, wish I had the time. God Bless.
I mean, wasn't his 15 minutes of fame over the Walmart NOTHING over already?
I have catholics in my family, yet the ones that watch South Park (my cousins who are all 8-15 years OLDER than I am) loved it.
you had time to respond.....
I'm not Catholic, but I didn't find this particular part of the epsiode funny. It was supposed to make fun of Catholics who find an image of Mary in everything and to set up the joke in the "statement" by the Pope, but they didn't really get more out of it.
it's one thing to say it's unfunny, it's quite another to take one portion of one episode and try to bash those that watch it with it.....
and quite funny too.
I think Catholics need to get a grip and stop thinking everyones out to get them. Start by cleaning up your own house.
South Park makes it a point to offend EVERYONE. So should they pull the movie Team America, which offends Muslims and Hollywood? How about the one that hits Rosie O'Donnell? Michael Jackson? Mormons? Take your pick of anyone or anything and it's a target for South Park. Why should the Catholics get special privileges?
Tom Cruise STILL won't come out of the closet!
nah I guess they want South Park to pull the Mecha Striesand episode.....
I can actually do the R Kelly part on that episode LOL
I think the episode only took shots at those who flock to fluids from icons calling them miraculous. Beyond that, I didnt catch that it was any more anti-Catholic that their parody of OBL in his cave or jihadists shooting down Santa was anti-Islam.
Its South Park. They parody the fringe in everything.
I wonder if the Scientolgists have sued Parker and Stone yet?
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The line that is crossed is blasphemy, not just any offensive humor. And yes, if a show blasphemes other religions, and they object, it should be pulled as well.
you forgot a couple Jane Smiths in there as well :)
We don't look to Bill Donohue for theological guidance, do we? His contribution is to make the purveyors of the vilest forms of mass entertainement accountable. More power to him.
Thats subjective. The publicity bump from this controversy isnt.
Blasphemy is not subjective to those who know anything about the subject. The publicity, I think, is good, because it signals to everyone that Catholics are not going to take abuse silently. The offensive episode was pulled and a similar offense is now less likely to recur. If people have been attracted to the stupid show without the blasphemous episode, we have no objection to that.
They've made fun of Jesus from their beginning but no one complains about that.
I have little knowledge of South Park, yes. Incidentally, I saw about 2 min total of it once, channel surfing, and found it funny. But I don't imagine any media executive enjoys making a show, then receiving angry letters, then pulling it, shaking up the staff, and apologizing. If South Park executives are somehow an exception, well the exercise can be repeated. With repetition, even dogs learn.
I think that Blasphemy is as subjective as the word anti-American. If Parker and Stone had Bush sprayed with fluids from a statue, most of this forum would call it anti-American. If X-42 got it 6 years ago, most would cheer. What changed? Our opinions of what and who represents American.
I dont think Catholics agree that fluid dripping icons are miraculous is or that people flocking to them is central to your religion. Therefore, I suspect most would not agree with your claim of blasphemy, despite cringing when the Pope got splattered. Even I cringed a little at that, but figured it was just their usual attempt to be outrageous by taking potty humor and anti-authoritarianism to the edge.
I suspect that Parker, Stone and Comedy Central are no more upset with the controversy than you.