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Friday, April 14, 2006 |
( 4/14/2006 08:12:00 AM ) Bill S.
"EITHER IT'S ALL OKAY, OR NONE OF IT IS!" – Caught the Thursday night rerun of South Park's concluding take on the Mohammed Cartoon Controversy: not as consistently hilarious as the show at its best (the Kyle/Cartman slapdown went on too long – and paled before the show's legendary Cripple Fight) but still evidence that Trey Parker can still score points when he puts his mind to it. As usual, of course, the dim bulbs who've appointed themselves arbiters of American cultural morality didn't get the joke. Told by Comedy Central that they couldn't run any more cartoon images of Mohammed on the show (having done so several years earlier as a part of an episode parodying a variety of religious figures), the SPark boys concocted an entry where the biggest joke turns on this network decision. Following the blanked-out image of Mohammed with a series of calculatedly childish images of Jesus defecating on G.W. Bush and the American flag, the show managed to mock the double standards of self-proclaimed "edgy" cable comedy even as it celebrated the ability of a large part of its audience (dorks like Donahue excepted, of course) to take this crude and ultimately trivial cartoon imagery for what it was.
P.S.: Loved the episode's Terence & Phillip opener which, as Captain Spaulding points out, ripped on the show's own handling of a two-part "Cartman's Father" storyline that was interrupted by a T&P offering . . .