"South Park" Conservatives!?

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

"South Park" Conservatives!?

At AlterNet.org, Simon S. Maloy writes that
... there seems to be a movement among some conservatives to shed their "stuffy evangelical Christian image" and embrace the edgy, risqué, borderline taboo elements of pop culture that have long been anathema to the Right.

Apparently going for broke, they have laid claim to the most offensive television program in history: South Park.

... In recent weeks, the conservative media has lauded a new book by the Manhattan Institute's Brian C. Anderson, South Park Conservatives: The Revolt against Liberal Media Bias. Anderson claims that "conservatives ... are overthrowing the liberal media and political correctness," and at the vanguard of this revolution is South Park, which "has mocked -- with scathing genius -- hate-crime laws and sexual harassment policies, liberal celebrities, abortion-rights extremists, and other shibboleths of the Left."

Anderson is right. South Park has torn into every of these "liberal" issues. He made this abundantly clear by quoting the show at great length and delighting in every slur and four-letter word directed at the Left.

... But far from being a "conservative" or "anti-liberal" phenomenon, South Park is an equal-opportunity offender, tearing apart the absurdities of American politics and culture without an ideological filter.

Conservatism finds no safe harbor in South Park. The Christian right has been a favored target of South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. In a third-season episode titled "Starvin' Marvin in Space," the titular emaciated Ethiopian boy attempts to relocate his village to an alien planet with the help of the South Park boys and a space ship ...
Click here to read on and learn how Pat Robertson tried to help the Ethiopians find a new planetary (and Christian) home.

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