Positively brilliant! "South park" de-constructed...

  1. ... as a messenger for liberty and freedom!

    [Excerpt]
    The episode deals in typical South Park fashion with a contemporary controversy, one that has even made it into the courts: whether homosexuals should be allowed to lead Boy Scout troops. The episode makes fun of the old-fashioned types in the town who insist on denying a troop leadership to Big Gay Al (a recurrent character whose name says it all). It turns out that the ostensibly straight man the Boy Scouts choose to replace Big Gay Al is a real pedophile who starts abusing the boys immediately by photographing them naked. As it frequently does, South Park, even as it stereotypes homosexuals, displays sympathy for them and their right to live their lives as they see fit. But just as the episode seems to be simply taking the side of those who condemn the Boy Scouts for homophobia, it swerves in an unexpected direction. Big Gay Al himself defends the right of the Boy Scouts to exclude homosexuals on the principle of freedom of association. An organization should be able to set up its own rules and the law should not be able to impose society’s notions of political correctness on a private group. This episode represents South Park at its best – looking at a complicated issue from both sides and coming up with a judicious resolution of the issue. And the principle on which the issue is resolved is freedom. As the episode shows, Big Gay Al should be free to be homosexual, but the Boy Scouts should also be free as an organization to make their own rules and exclude him from a leadership post if they want to.
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    It's been a while since I came across a real good article like this one. I thought it was particularly brilliant in "de-constructing" a seemingly "simple concept" (i.e. South Park is an offensive cartoon/show) to show that there is more to it than meets the eye...

    .... especially given the fact that through satire, it plays a wonderful role at social commentary.

    And it's a darn good commentator at that!

    Please read the entire article with an open mind - you just might be surprised!
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   Gompers
    My best friend since childhood is a gay man, so this is always a sensitive topic for me...

    There are many stereotypes about homosexuality that bug me, and South Park hit on one of the biggest and most taboo: pedophilia. This one especially hurts me because my friend is the greatest guy in the world and absolutely loves kids, and it kills me to think that there are people out there who could possibly think he'd be a danger to them. This could not be further from the truth! :angryfire

    South Park is right - if the scouts want to exclude gay men from their organization that is their choice. But I'm just glad that someone finally had enough guts to show the world that pedophilia has nothing to do with one's sexual preference. This should be common sense, but obviously it's not and like I said, it kills me to think about what goes through people's heads sometimes...
  4. by   oramar
    I laugh at South Park till they starting killing my sacred cows then like everyone else I get mad. Then I realize what I am doing and I start laughing at myself.
    Last edit by oramar on Dec 6, '06
  5. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    I laughed at South Park, until episode that parodied "Black Hawk Down" aired. Haven't watched it since.
  6. by   Gompers
    Quote from Marie_LPN
    I laughed at South Park, until episode that parodied "Black Hawk Down" aired. Haven't watched it since.

    I haven't watched it in years, either. I used to love it, but there was one episode that just really upset me. It was the one where Mr. Garrison was all upset that his father didn't sexually abuse him as a child because he felt it meant his father didn't really love him. I was so disgusted I turned it off and never looked back.
  7. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Quote from Gompers
    I haven't watched it in years, either. I used to love it, but there was one episode that just really upset me. It was the one where Mr. Garrison was all upset that his father didn't sexually abuse him as a child because he felt it meant his father didn't really love him. I was so disgusted I turned it off and never looked back.
    Yeah i heard about that one.

    I'm sure someone will come along with their usually "lighten up it's just TV" response, but i'm a firm believer that some things should just be left alone.

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