September 8, 2008
Russia moves to ban ‘South Park’ for religious extremism
Well, The God Blog better not relocate to Russia.
In addition to being a generally awful nation straddling the line between European democracy and despotic oligarchy, Russia began proceedings today to ban “South Park.” Not only would I have nothing to watch on TV late at night, except from my collection of Seasons 1-10, but I might not be able to post all the clips and quotes I regularly do.
Here’s the story from The Times of London:
Let me get this straight: In Russia, you can’t watch “South Park” but sexual harassment is part of God’s natural order? Right ...
It is curious that the prosecutors singled out Christians and Muslims, because “South Park” disparages everybody, which is how they can get away with denigrating anybody. In reality, I’d say Mormons and Scientologists have gotten it the worst. Muslims, Christians and Jews tend to be peripheral victims in jokes about cultural absurdities (similar to the Muslims offended by the Barack Obama bin Laden New Yorker cover).
But at least the prosecutors picked a good target here. If they wanted to make a case against “South Park” as being rife with religious hatred, “Mr. Hankey’s Christmas Classics” was the best example they could find. I’m not sure, though, how they will prove that a set list that includes songs like “O Tannenbaum,” performed by Hitler, “Christmas Time in Hell,” performed by Satan, and “Merry F—-ing Christmas,” courtesy of Mr. Garrison, bears signs of “extremist activity” or incites religious violence.
Garrison’s song and dance is, in my mind, funnier than the others. He’s uber-offensive, but Garrison’s success lies in the all-too-real juxtaposition between his words and deed. The lyrics are very profane, so viewer beware: