Friday, September 12, 2008

In Russia, "South Park" Could be Banned

Russian prosecutors (near-winners of the 2008 award for Job Title Most Indicative of a Total Lack of Humor before the award organizers were arrested and shot execution style) have petitioned the government to ban the broadcast of South Park, citing its attacks on certain religious beliefs and its "abasement of national dignity". The government received several complaints about the show after the airing of the Season Three episode "Mr. Hankey's Christmas Classics", which featured a singing lump of human fecal matter full of holiday cheer. I'm not sure how that particular episode insights religious hatred unless it's meant to make Jews feel insanely jealous of a holiday celebrated with singing poo. I suppose South Park has also gone after crazy cults like the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and the Church of Scientology, but is this really a bad influence on Russia's children? Maybe it'll help them realize that their government's propaganda about Vladimir Putin being some kind of hyper-masculine, tiger-killing, benevolent father figure/sex symbol is just as ridiculous as disembodied alien spirits and the idea that Joseph Smith stuck his head in a hat to dictate magically translated golden tablets. Or maybe that's the point of the ban. More details here.

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