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South Park takes on purity rings

by Brad A. Greenberg

March 12, 2009 | 1:30 pm

“South Park” season 13 began last night, and I couldn’t have been more eager for the show’s return. The episode took aim at the Jonas Brothers and purity rings, which serve as a righteous cover for the sexuality Disney sells to young girls.

“A nice Christian symbol can’t be used for profit gain,” one of the Jonas Brothers, maybe Joe, said toward the end of the episode.

“We have angered God,” another responded.

The whole purity-ring marketing campaign blows up in Disney’s face when Mickey Mouse—yes, he’s really the guy in charge—goes off Dick Cheney style before a Jonas Brothers 3-D concert:

“Even the Christians are too f—-ing stupid to realize I am selling sex to their daughters,” Mickey says, not knowing a microphone has been turned on.

All in all, a pretty lackluster episode, but surprising for the focal role that two symbols of Christian youth culture played in it, even if it felt really dated.

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