December 12, 2005 at 8:21 pm #1162
[quote:3bcvj3l9]Catholic League president Bill Donohue remarked today about last night’s episode of “South Park” (it will run again for the next three nights):
“A ‘South Park’ character gets a DWI and is ordered to attend AA meetings. Told about the 12-step program, he concludes that he needs a miracle to cure him. The plot then focuses on a statue of the Virgin Mary who is ‘bleeding out her ass.’ The Vatican dispatches a cardinal to investigate and he is sprayed with blood when he walks behind the statue. He then declares this to be a miracle, which draws even more people. The alcoholic, now in a wheelchair, is also sprayed with blood: he then claims he is cured and jumps out of his seat.
“Pope Benedict XVI goes to investigate. He, too, is sprayed with blood when he walks behind the statue. A reporter says, ‘The pope investigated further and determined that the statue was not bleeding out its ass, but its vagina.’ To which the pope replies: ‘A chick bleeding out her vagina is no miracle. Chicks bleed out their vaginas all the time.’
“Comedy Central is a subsidiary of MTV, which is owned by Viacom. On the board of directors of Viacom is a practicing Catholic and a distinguished public servant, Joseph A. Califano; he served under Presidents Johnson and Carter. We are writing to him today requesting that he intervene in this matter. We want a) an apology to Roman Catholics and b) a pledge that this episode be permanently retired and not be made available on DVD. In the event Viacom does not cooperate, we are asking Mr. Califano to issue his own statement of condemnation. We are asking our members to contact him as well. Remember, they chose to insult Our Blessed Mother on the eve of the Immaculate Conception, and the holy day itself. [/quote:3bcvj3l9]
Peace be with all present,
I apologize for the offensive nature of this post, but it is the most offensive thing I have heard about in awhile. I have sent my letter in and encourage others to do the same. I pray for all those involved that the understand that this is not even remotely fun and that they have jeopardized their eternal souls. But then again if it made them money I guess that is consolation enough for them. Sad ” title=”Sad” />
I wonder, would they air such a program if it was about their mothers?
FredDecember 12, 2005 at 8:27 pm #5596
The only positive thing about it is that they poke fun at pretty much everyone, but it’s so crude.
This is probably what they want anyway: attention.December 12, 2005 at 8:42 pm #5598
Peace be with you Jon,
[quote:3aqwve71]The only positive thing about it is that they poke fun at pretty much everyone, but it’s so crude. [/quote:3aqwve71]
But still should this be acceptable as a standard for anyone’s conduct. I know that there have been several times they’ve lampooned Christ too. It’s like violence, the more you are exposed to it, the less sensitive you are to the offense. That is what we are handing down to our children. I pity those individuals that create this “entertainment”.
[quote:3aqwve71]This is probably what they want anyway: attention.[/quote:3aqwve71]
Yes! Negative attention can make them think twice before airing such things. It has been a powerful tool in the past. We must not be passive when it comes to issues such as these, for if we do we to become willing participants in the decay of our society and our faith.
FredDecember 12, 2005 at 8:45 pm #5599
Actually, I was thinking attention to their program and potentially bringing in more viewers and making more money. It’s free publicity.December 12, 2005 at 8:58 pm #5600
[quote:31brrq0p]Actually, I was thinking attention to their program and potentially bringing in more viewers and making more money. It’s free publicity.[/quote:31brrq0p]
Peace be with you Jon,
I see your point. But that is kind of a “head in the sand” way of dealing with these issues. No insult intended! I did not explain myself well, sorry for that. Negative with education, if that makes any sense? lol
We cannot hide from these issues for fear of people go to see for themselves. We must prepare people to properly handle these issues openly, this will take the power from the likes of “South Park” and Dennis Leary’s “anti-Christmas, Christmas Special”.
FredDecember 12, 2005 at 9:42 pm #5602
Isn’t their specialty making fun of religion? I don’t think they go around poking fun of atheist, agnostics, naturalism, etc. Do they?
“VictorDecember 12, 2005 at 11:15 pm #5603
[quote:rjvdqeh9]We must prepare people to properly handle these issues openly,[/quote:rjvdqeh9]
Absolutely, I compeltely agree with you. We definitely need to do with with all media.
I’m thankful for groups like the Catholic League. They have stood up for Catholics against many TV shows.
[quote:rjvdqeh9]Isn’t their specialty making fun of religion? I don’t think they go around poking fun of atheist, agnostics, naturalism, etc. Do they? [/quote:rjvdqeh9]
Probably not. I don’t watch the show so I wouldn’t know. Those groups are the “enlightened” and “free thinking” ones so they probably don’t get made fun of.December 13, 2005 at 1:20 am #5605
I do watch the show and they make fun of everyone. Actually, I haven’t watched lately since, just like with Family Guy and Simpsons, it feels like they’ve turned from being casually offensive into desperately offensive. I’ve loved the show as a whole, but the older episodes are far funnier than now.
I didn’t see the episode, but it just sounds stupid and desperate to me. Pay it no mind, and let the market decide it’s fate. I’m not the only one who thinks the show has slid off it’s course.December 13, 2005 at 1:44 am #5608
I watched the episode in question. Other than the Pope’s crude declaration at the end, I was not particularly offended by the show’s s
As to whether or not they poke fun at others, yes. Yes. And yes.
For example, in the episode that made fun of atheists (and Catholics, but this was really funny), the parents in town decided, because of the sex scandal (most of the normal townsfolk are Catholic because they wanted a reason for a Catholic priest character), they would become atheists.
In the same episode, one of the kids discovered that you can eat food by inserting it at the wrong end of the gastrointestinal tract (interorectogestion). The food continues backwards all the way to the mouth.
Long story short, you have a bunch of atheists sitting around talking about religion and every few minutes pausing to excrete food waste from their mouths.
“‘Under God’ should be taken out of the Pledge of Allegiance.” *ptooie*
“The religious right in this country is trying to force our children to believe what they believe.” *ptooie*
Not exactly the most subtle message in South Park but accurate nonetheless.December 13, 2005 at 3:33 am #5610
Like I said before at least they discriminate equally. ” title=”Wink” />December 23, 2005 at 3:39 am #5627
I never watched it. I can see that I didn’t miss much and have no plans to watch it. ” title=”Sad” />December 23, 2005 at 10:14 pm #5629
Watch some reruns. Many of them are hilarious. The show is totally hit and miss.December 26, 2005 at 2:11 am #5632
[quote:1xkjimhg]Watch some reruns. Many of them are hilarious. The show is totally hit and miss.[/quote:1xkjimhg]
No thanks. They may rerun the one about the Holy Mother.January 23, 2006 at 1:38 am #5753
I think that watching TV is to worldly and makes you think of other thinks then the LORD and is not right. TV just makes you a part of scocitey if I do watch TV I watc EWTN. lol but its true the only thing I really use is the computer, but as you can see I use it mainly for god.January 23, 2006 at 3:42 am #5760
The computer can be used for just as much destruction as the TV. Guns can be used for destruction too.
You could call anything that we have as “worldly” but God calls us to engage the world to change it – he calls us to preach the gospel to the 4 corners of the earth, not shy away from “the world”.
I think people just have to be careful about they use things like TV and computers, etc.February 17, 2009 at 5:59 am #9139
Peace be with you all!
I remember seeing this episode in the height of my very strong Catholic faith. I watch South Park a lot and I thought “Hey! This seems like a good episode!” Turns out I was so furious with them!!
And everyone is right. It seems like a past time for Anti-Catholics to say “You idol worshiper!” or “Look at that bead counter! What a loser!”
It also doesn’t help that the media (computer, television, etc.) gives people access to such ideas. At least they should study the faith then make the decision whether or not they like the faith.
And unfortunatly, there will be many more comments like this in the future ” title=”Sad” />
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