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Religious humor [Aug. 5th, 2006|06:20 pm]
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South Park often satirizes and insults organized religion, such as in "Super Best Friends". Throughout the years, critics complained on the heavy use of references on Jews and Jewish stereotypes (the Broflovskis). Kyle's father is dressed in hasidic garb and the town's only lawyer, and Kyle's mother is a strict mother, a liberal activist and resembles Barbra Streisand. Kyle's adopted baby brother Ike sounds like an ethnic slur held offensive to Jews, however it indicates Jews are more a religious group as Ike is a convert. According to the episode "Red Hot Catholic Love", South Park is a predominantly Catholic town and all the major and recurring characters in South Park are Roman Catholic, except for:

The Broflovskis (Kyle's family) are Jewish, and apparently "are the entire Jewish community" of South Park.
The Harrisons are Mormon (they only appear in one episode).
Chef, who converts to Islam in "Chef Goes Nanners" and denounces his "slave name" requesting that everyone address him as Abdul Mohammed Jabbar-Rauf Kareem Ali (a combination of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Muhammad Ali, El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz and Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, all the names of prominent African-American Muslim converts). He eventually renounced his newfound religion, only to become a member of the Super Adventure Club (a parody of the Church of Scientology), which brainwashed him into becoming a child molester.
Chef's parents (who are from Scotland) practice Voodoo and Occult rituals (though their precise faith is unknown). Chef, however, states in the episode Damien that his mother would be upset if he beat Jesus, his sparring partner, so his mother must at least have respect for Jesus.
The Super Best Friends - a satire of the Superfriends cartoons. The founders of all the world's major religions are super best friends with each other and use their special powers to fight evil (except Buddha, who doesn't believe in evil).
God, who claims to be a Buddhist.
David Blaine — before South Park "exposed" the Church of Scientology, there was David Blaine's cult/religion Blaintology, an episode with commentary suggesting there is no difference between magic and miracles (i.e. the tricks performed by David Blaine are as real as the miracles performed by Jesus Christ).
Stan, who in "Trapped in the Closet" was claimed to be a reincarnation of L. Ron Hubbard from The Church of Scientology, but denounced it at the end of that episode.
In the episode "Probably", it is claimed that the only people who get into heaven are the Mormons, though this changes in "Best Friends Forever" when God decides that the Mormons aren't tough enough to go against Satan's forces. Hell doesn't really seem so bad either, having orientation and luaus. The episode "Best Friends Forever" also asserts that Japanese people don't have souls, nor do "Gingers" (red heads with freckles and pale skin) according to Cartman in "Ginger Kids".
In 2006, Comedy Central would not allow South Park to show an image of the Islamic prophet Muhammad, likely due to the Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy, and fear of similar repercussions. In response, South Park aired a 2-part episode culminating in President Bush, Jesus Christ, and various Americans defecating on each other and the American flag to point out the hypocrisy of not allowing the Muslim prophet to be shown at all but allowing the Christian Savior to be shown in an insulting manner (this episode originally aired on the Wednesday before Easter Weekend). Interestingly, however, Muhammad is shown as one of the super best friends in the episode of the same name
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Butters Stotch Trivia [Jul. 30th, 2006|12:24 pm]
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Butters sometimes remarks on the consistency of objects that he comes into contact with, usually with dismay. Some examples are as follows:
"Oh, it's all gooey" - after taking a condom out of the wrapper, episode 507, "Proper Condom Use".
"Ah, it's all g-gooey" - after touching the 'lava' from his class volcano project, episode 512, "Here Comes the Neighborhood".
"Oh, it's all sticky" - after sticking his finger into a cow patty, episode 513, "Kenny Dies".
"Ew...they're all hard and oogy" - while poking Wendy's breast after she gets silicone implants, episode 610, "Bebe's Boobs Destroy Society".
"Oh, it's all thick and gooey" - after drinking too much cough medicine, episode 811, "Quest for Ratings".
A common running joke is the song Butters sings, "Loo loo loo, I've got some apples, loo loo loo, You've got some too". Butters is usually interrupted before he can continue the song, but when he does get the opportunity to finish the song, he continues with either, "Loo loo loo, Let's make some applesauce, Take off our clothes and loo loo loo", or alternatively, "Loo loo loo, Let's get together, I know what we can do loo loo". He also seems inordinately fond of the Chicago ballad "If You Leave Me Now".
Butters' theme song, "Everyone Knows It's Butters" (as featured in Butters' Very Own Episode), is loosely based on The Association's 1967 song "Windy", which ends each stanza (except for the chorus) with "Everyone knows it's Windy".
In the same episode, Butters pops through a hole under the title in a way very reminiscent of Porky Pig, an awkwardly comical character who comes from the same tradition as Butters and who originally started out as a school-aged child.
In the second season premiere episode of Veronica Mars, the show introduced a new character named Vincent "Butters" Clemmons, as an homage to the South Park character.
Butters also sang a song about his robot best friend "AWESOM-O" (who is really Cartman in disguise) that goes "Let me tell ya about my robot friend, he's metal and small and doesn't judge me at all".
Butters' birthday is September 11, a sheer coincidence.
Butters and Professor Chaos are also referenced in the song "Peeranoia" by rapper Cage, on his album Hell's Winter.
Butters was molested by his uncle, having received annilingus from him.
In "Erection Day" it is revealed that Butters goes to the toilet by pulling his pants down to his knees and lifting his shirt by his chest which we can guess is a childhood habit that he is still to grow out of.
Butters has also made several appearances in South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut, but he does not play any kind of significant role. He is simply an extra.
In episode 802, AWESOM-O, we learn that Butters wears a diaper to school due to bowel problems. This is probably due to him being abused by his parents.
In the episode Casa Bonita, director of animation Eric Stough's name is credited as Eric Leopold Stotch.
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the show has come a long way [Jul. 26th, 2006|06:22 pm]
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When you step back and take a look. They won their first Emmy, won the Peabody Award for outstanding excellence in television, made huge publicity with the Tom Cruise Scientology episode, had Isaac Hayes quit and made even more publicity, made even bigger publicity with the Mohammad incident, and now they've been nominated for another Emmy, for the Trapped in the Closet episode.
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(no subject) [Jul. 24th, 2006|10:52 pm]
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Who/What Cartman Likes
Adolf Hitler
Chocolate Milk
Casa Bonita
Chef
Okama Gamesphere
Antonio Banderas "Life size" Blow up doll
Cheesy Poofs
Condoms
Chicken Pot Pie
Mexican cuisine
Mel Gibson
Terrance & Phillip
Jennifer Lopez
Trapper Keeper Futura S 2000
The Passion of the Christ
Kicking people in the nuts
Xbox 360
Styx (band)
Theme Parks (As shown in "Cartmanland")
PlayStation Portable
Money
The movie Wild Wild West
Clyde Frog
Tonka Remote Control Dump Trucks
KFC Chicken Skins
Mega Rangers
The Chinpokomon "Pengin"
Ethiopians
Redheads (When he temporarily became one)
Star Trek


Who/What Cartman hates
Kyle Broflovski
Sheila Broflovski
Scott Tenorman
Wendy Testaburger (although at the end of the season 4 episode "Chef Goes Nanners" it is hinted that he may harbor feelings for her.)
Cesar Millan (The Dog Whisperer)
Hippies
Jews
Black People (except Chef)
Succubi
Gingers (Except when he temporarily became one)
Midgets
Poor people
Robert Smith
Democrats
Regular Milk
Liberals
Foreigners
Minority groups
The entire city of San Francisco (which he considers the breeding ground of hippies)
Family Guy
Gnomes
British people
Nannies
French people
Old people
Rainforests
Lines (Especially at Theme Parks)
Austrians (particularly ironic, since Cartman admires Hitler, who is a born Austrian)
Retarded people
Fat Camp
Afghanistan
Titty Twisters
Mee krob
Rainbows (in episode Weight Gain 4000)
His eye doctor, who may actually be the Loch Ness Monster
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Controversial episodes [Jul. 24th, 2006|10:10 pm]
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Controversial episodes
Main articles: List of South Park episodes
Throughout its run on television, South Park has drawn an enormous amount of controversy from episodes focusing mainly on political satire and current events. Here is a list of some infamous episodes, which in some cases were followed by controversy:

Terrance and Phillip in Not Without My Anus (An "April Fools" joke infamous for its enormous backlash of disgust from fans awaiting the answer to who was the father of Eric Cartman.)
Trapped in the Closet (Parodied Tom Cruise & John Travolta's involvement in the church of Scientology and both actors' often rumored homosexuality. Resulted in the resignation of Isaac Hayes, the voice of Chef and an active Scientologist, though health reasons are also claimed.)
It Hits the Fan (While it didn't strike much controversy, the episode stretched the limits of censorship by airing, uncensored, the word "shit" a record 163 times)
Cartoon Wars Part I/Cartoon Wars Part II (Attacked Family Guy, the Muhammad cartoon controversy, was itself censored for depicting Muhammad as a character, and climaxed with Parker and Stone satirizing the hypocrisy of the entire ordeal with "al-Qaeda's Retaliation" – a crude cartoon featuring Jesus Christ defecating on President Bush, Katie Holmes, and the American Flag.) Notably, there was an earlier episode in season 5 called "The Super Best Friends" that shows the image of Muhammad.
Bloody Mary (Made fun of purported sightings of the Virgin Mary and Alcoholics Anonymous)
All About Mormons (While Mormon reactions to this episode have ranged from genuine amusement to outrage, the LDS Church itself has not issued an official statement in reaction to "All About The Mormons". This is in keeping with the Church's general policy of ignoring popular media presentations of Mormons and Mormonism.)
Jared Has Aides (Made jokes related to the disease AIDS by playing off its homophone, "aides." The ending, which involved Butters being physically abused by his parents, has caused it to be pulled. The episode is still shown in Canada and the UK, however.)
Red Hot Catholic Love (Made jokes related to Catholicism, specifically, recent controversy concerning pedophilia amongst the priesthood. Also discussed the controversial topic of the phrase "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance in the course of lampooning church-state separation advocates.)
Scott Tenorman Must Die (Cartman arranges for a rival's parents to be murdered, steals their bodies, grinds them up, puts them in a bowl of chili, and then tricks their son into eating their remains.)
Christian Rock Hard (Cartman writes songs with sexual innuendo related to Jesus and says "Fuck Jesus" at the episode's end when he finds out he can't win a platinum album with a Christian rock group. Cartman also makes several racist comments towards Token throughout the episode.)
Here Comes the Neighborhood (Made fun of many popular African-American actors, sports stars, and artists, calling them "Richers". It is clear throughout the episode, however, that the wealth is a metaphor for race in the episode. Mr. Garrison says "Yeah, but at least we got rid of all those damn Ni---" as the episode ends. This episode also features a burning cross that is referred to the episode as a lower-case 't' for "time to leave.", as well as the white townspeople dressing up as "ghosts", which look like Ku Klux Klan robes, to scare away all the affluent blacks.)
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Series history [Jul. 24th, 2006|09:02 pm]
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South Park began in 1992 when Parker and Stone, then film students at the University of Colorado, created an animated short called Jesus vs. Frosty. The crudely-made film featured prototypical versions of the kids of South Park, including a character resembling Cartman but called 'Kenny' and an unnamed character that resembles Kenny bringing a murderous snowman to life with a magic hat.

Executives at FOX saw the movie, and in 1995, executive Brian Graden commissioned Parker and Stone to create a second short film to send to friends as a video Christmas card. Titled The Spirit of Christmas, it closely resembled the style of the later series, and featured a martial arts duel and subsequent truce between Jesus and Santa Claus (two characters who have since been recurring characters in the series) over the true meaning of Christmas. This video was later featured in the episode "A Very Crappy Christmas" in which Stan, Kyle, Cartman, Kenny, Mr. Hankey and his family 'save' Christmas. The video was a hit and was quickly shared, both by underground duplication and over the burgeoning Internet. This led to talks to create a series, first with FOX, then with Comedy Central, where the series premiered on August 13, 1997. A clip of the short can actually be seen in the opening sequence for the series contained within a billboard. The first short can also be seen during the opening sequence on an old television.


The satirical disclaimer that begins most episodesThe show's provocative, frequently offensive, and adult-oriented material quickly drew protest from various spokespersons, and South Park merchandise (especially T-shirts) were banned from a number of public schools, day care centers, and other public places. This occurrence is similar in a manner to the prohibition of Bart Simpson T-shirts in the early 1990s, after The Simpsons was accused of contributing to juvenile delinquency. Comedy Central defended South Park by noting that the show is given a "Mature Audiences" TV rating (TV-MA) and is not meant for children to watch. They also pointed out that it only airs the show during night-time hours and never during the day, when children may be more likely to see the show. In fact, at least for the earlier part of the show's run, trailers for the series did not run until after 7 PM.

In February 1998, one episode of South Park posed the question of who Eric Cartman's father was. The episode ended with the announcement that it would be revealed in four weeks' time. A month later, the airing of an episode about Terrance and Phillip (two fictional Canadian comedians who the main characters idolize) in place of the anticipated episode prompted outrage, and caused Comedy Central to push the true season premiere up earlier than expected. It was apparently a well-planted April Fools gag, meant to poke fun at season-ending cliffhangers. The joke was repeated in "Cartoon Wars Part II", which begins by teasing audiences about Comedy Central refusing to air the episode, and then cutting into an introduction featuring Terrance and Phillip in a short film involving Muhammad (who is not shown). Alternatively, the joke was taken in an opposite direction at the end of "Professor Chaos", where three questions were posed, supposedly to be answered in the following episode, except that they were answered immediately, following which, the credits ran.

In 1999, the full-length animated feature film South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut was released to generally enthusiastic reviews. The film managed to satirize both itself and the anticipated reaction that it engendered from moral conservatives. It also presented a twisted but seemingly sincere tribute to the film musical with a number of songs, including "Uncle Fucka," and "Blame Canada". The latter was nominated for an Oscar and was performed by Robin Williams during the awards show. It has been speculated that "Blame Canada" was chosen from other Oscar-worthy songs in the movie because it was the only one that could be performed on live TV with its lyrics relatively intact (as the song contains only two examples of profanity). While it is true that "Up There" (by Satan) contains no swear words at all, it would most likely have created far more controversy on religious grounds, given its sympathetic portrayal of Satan and his justification of evil in the lyrics. Phil Collins won the Oscar, however, with his song "You'll Be In My Heart" from Disney's Tarzan, which prompted a number of Phil Collins jokes in a subsequent South Park episode. The film also got into the Guinness Book of World Records for most obscenities in an animated movie, with a count of 399.

On November 11, 1999, shortly after the U.S. theatrical release of South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, actress Mary Kay Bergman, who had provided all of the female voices on the animated series South Park and in the full-length movie, committed suicide in her suburban Los Angeles home. After her death, it was revealed that she suffered from a severe form of clinical depression. Her husband, Dino Andrade, founded the Mary Kay Bergman Memorial Fund, at the Suicide Prevention Center of Greater Los Angeles, in an effort to help and educate people with the same type of depression that his wife suffered.

In the episode "It Hits the Fan", South Park broke the swearing record by using the word 'shit' a total of 162 times, uncensored. The 22-minute episode averages one 'shit' every eight seconds, and there was a counter throughout the episode displaying the number of times it was said. A song by Mr. Garrison that consisted of, 'Hey, there, shitty shitty fag fag, shitty shitty fag fag, how do you do?' (sung to the tune of the title song from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), repeated for four verses, provides an example of how 'shit' was so abundantly used. This was meant as a satire of an episode of Chicago Hope, released shortly before this episode, where one of the main characters said the phrase 'shit happens' without being censored, and the American public discussed this for weeks. An additional gag in this episode allowed homosexual or bisexual characters to use the word 'fag' freely, while heterosexual characters were bleeped when attempting to use the same word. (This episode suggested that Stan's uncle Jimbo was actually gay, as he was able to say 'fag' without being bleeped).

On September 9, 2005, Comedy Central struck a deal with Parker and Stone for three more seasons of the show. The network has committed to three more seasons of South Park over the next three years, 42 episodes (including those of the second half of Season 9), which means that the show will run until at least 2009. Parker and Stone will continue to write, direct, and edit every episode of the show. The order brings the series total to 182 episodes. The ninth season ended in early December. Slightly less "Questionable" versions of South Park episodes, with the TV-14 rating, began broadcasting in syndication on September 19, 2005 on various local channels around the US.
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