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“We created a brand for ourselves, so that now people can’t get mad at what we do, because then they’re just making fun of themselves…”

– Trey Parker

The creators of 'South Park' - Matt Stone & Trey Parker.

Despite the numerous amounts of questionable subject matter in many episodes of ‘South Park’, Matt Stone and Trey Parker seem to have some truly interesting insights about relationships, human nature and what it means to live in the world today.

Here are a few examples of the “I’ve learnt something today…” messages:

  • “Love isn’t a decision. It’s a feeling. If we could decide who we loved, it would be much simpler, but much less magical.” – Trey Parker and Matt Stone, South Park, Chef Aid, 1998
  • “I’ve learned that all a person has in life is family and friends. If you lose those, you have nothing, so friends are to be treasured more than anything else in the world.” – Trey Parker and Matt Stone, South Park, Prehistoric Ice Man, 1999
  • “The best way to try to motivate somebody is by being direct with them. To be honest with them. Lies are never the right way to get your message across.” – Trey Parker and Matt Stone, South Park, My Future Self n’ Me, 2002

The boys from 'South Park': Eric Cartman, Kyle Broflovski, Stan Marsh and Kenny McKormich.

Of course, these little messages at the end of each episode can be construed as fairly insincere and I can’t help thinking that they act as this massive ‘band-aid’ in order to cover up the really challenging statements about society. Nevertheless, Matt and Trey definitely have some kind of super-strength gumption in order to ridicule so many famous faces:

Sarah-Jessica Parker, Robert Redford, Tom Cruise, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, every major figure from popular religions, Barbara Streisand, Michael Jackson, Billy Mays, Eva Longoria, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lopez, Russel Crowe, Steve Erwin, George Clooney, Madonna, Paris Hilton, John Travolta, Richard Dawkins, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Oprah Winfrey, Sean Penn, Rob Reiner, Kanye West, Phil Collins, John Edwards and I’m sure many more I’m forgetting…

The prophet 'Muhammad' - Season 5, South Park, 2001.

Recently, the duo met with some violent controversy over their representation of Muhammad in a bear costume (Season 14, Episode 200, 2010). Death threats from Islamic extremists were posted online, (revolutionmuslim.com), and there was a genuine concern for Matt and Trey’s lives, especially after the Theo van Gogh incident. It’s tragic how terrorism continues to infiltrate throughout our society – even over something so simple as a cartoon…

What annoys me most about this “image of Muhammad” ban is that it goes against the American ‘constitution’ which apparently promotes freedom of speech. Don’t people realise that the more restrictions the media puts in place over subjects like terrorism or religion, the more control these ‘ideologies’ have over us? Personally, I think Matt and Trey were incredibly brave. Here’s hoping they don’t meet terrible ends over this incident. Who knows what can happen in these fearful times…

After reading extensively on the criticism and controversy ‘South Park’ has attracted over the years, I’d personally like to ask these parties to think about comedy and why it exists:

  1. Tom Cruise
  2. Peggy Charren
  3. The NAACP
  4. Zachary Adam Chesser

Comedy is defined, by the wonderful source that is ‘Wikipedia’, as:

“Any humorous discourse generally intended to amuse…”

I find ‘South Park’ hilarious…does that make me a bad person? No. It means I have a sense of humour. Then again, I’m sure no one enjoys being the subject of ridicule. Even so, everyone’s allowed to have their say.

Trey Parker & Matt Stone.

Trey Parker: We still believe that all people are born bad and are made good by society, rather than the opposite.
Matt Stone: Actually, I think that’s where we’re conservative…” (www.time.com)

Peace,

– C

An awesome artistic impression...

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