RE: South Park B/L/U: another opinion

Jim Whitehead (
Wed, 7 Jul 1999 14:17:35 -0700

> All these things are things that have, do and will happen in life.
> Children are treated like kick toys , mentaly and physicaly, all around
> us, and the thin curtian of Polite Society helps little to stop it rather
> it holds the blinds to the eyes for those who will/can not live in a world
> where this happens.

I'll grant it may have value as social commentary, but I doubt it will lead
to legislation, like "The Jungle" did for the meat industry. But, since
these themes have all been covered in previous movies and written texts,
what did South Park contribute by re-covering the same issues with greater
vulgarity and cartoon violence?

Were you really unaware of child abuse before seeing South Park? Are you
any more likely to do something about child abuse after having watched South

> Yes this movie is dangerous, just as seeing a Vietnameese citizen shot in
> the street ...

Having just two nights ago re-viewed the classic footage of the South
Vietnamese General shooting a VC in the head on the streets of Saigon during
the Tet Offensive, seeing the graphic gurgling of blood from the man's head
onto the street, it doesn't seem to me that South Park and that image are in
the same league.

There seems to be something about abstracting the violence and vulgarity
onto cartoon characters that makes South Park more acceptable. For example,
what would be the impact of the same story, retold with human actors?

> HAVENT EVEN SEEN IT YET??? Jesus on a fucking uncle fucking donkey
> do you expect to have anyone take you with anything more than a
> grain of salt when you havent even reviewed the material in question first
> hand????

I gave full disclosure. Having seen several episodes of South Park on TV,
I'm assuming, perhaps incorrectly, that a similarly branded movie has most
of the same elements as the TV show. Do you disagree with this?

> Naughty naughty naughty....... So much for proper scientific
> methodologies...

Guilty as charged. On the other hand, I don't think I was performing a
scientific experiment here, or proposing a falsifiable theory. I was simply
raising a critical objection to a movie.

- Jim