South Park In The News

2006

January 3, 2006 No software updates, but there is a hardware one. Read on:

South Park Relies on Xserve Products (The Mac Observer) - South Park gets bigger, faster backups systems from Apple and more frequent backups so it doesn't lose much work.
Makers of South Park turn to Apple for new storage setup (ComputerWorld) - The actual interview
And a compilation of anti-Catholicism in South Park, as seen by the Catholic League. But someone thinks the Catholic League is not to blame on this one. Sure, they got the episode pulled, but Ken Ragge, a critic of 12-step programs such as AA, thinks "that being critical of Alcoholics Anonymous was the deciding factor in Bloody Mary being pulled." To wit: "What the press release didnt' mention, however, was that Califano is also a big supporter of Alcoholics Anonymous and the 'treatment' industry." Blame Califano himself! He just punked the Catholic League for AA!
January 9, 2006 It's quite something when a parody rates higher than the original soource. Take this, R Kelly! :D From the Valdosta Daily Times:

20.05 things we loved about 2005

By Jeremiah Tucker, Rachel Kubicek and Scott Meeker, THE JOPLIN GLOBE (JOPLIN, Mo.)

3. ‘South Park’

The Nov. 16 “Trapped in the Closet” episode was one of the best in recent memory, savagely skewering Scientology (best bit — the “This is what they really believe” tag line), R. Kelly’s multi-chapter opus and a long-standing rumor about Tom Cruise.

11. R. Kelly — “Trapped in the Closet”

There are rumors that R. Kelly is mentally deficient, but Kells is dumb like a fox to weave such a brilliantly convoluted R&B opera featuring a trigger-happy philanderer, a closeted gay pastor, a crooked, cuckolded policeman, a pie-loving midget and Rose, the nosy neighbor with a spatula in her hand (”like that’s gon to do something against them guns”). Here’s hoping for many chapters yet to come.
February 21, 2006 South Park's in the news again, not because it's done anything new lately, but because the second half of Season 9 has reached foreign lands, and in view of recent events involving Muslim riots over the comic images found here about the Prophet Muhammad, it's interesting to see how Christians and others are handling South Park's irreverence.

Out of closet (Northern Territories News, Australia) - The UK's SBS aired "Trapped In The Closet" yesterday night, so we'll see how Tom Cruise responds. He's threatened to sue anyone who shows the episode again, no matter where it airs. It was pulled by the Paramount comedy channel on the UK's BSkyB after fears Cruise would sue. The article is a week old.
Boitano embraces his cartoon identity (KrisTV.com) - Brian Boitano has no idea why the creators of "South Park" made him a character, much less created a song about him, but he has debuted "What Would Brian Boitano Do?" t-shirts at the Turin Olympics, with the proceeds going to charity.
Church urges boycott of TV3, C4 (Stuff, New Zealand) - The Catholic Church is urging half a million followers to stop buying products advertised on TV3 and C4 in protest at the planned screening of a cartoon depicting the Virgin Mary. The Church made the suggestion, – as well as proposing a boycott of TV3 News and a campaign of letters, e-mails and phone calls to the company – at the weekend in a pastoral letter signed by seven Catholic bishops and read to worshippers at mass in hundreds of New Zealand churches. The letter says South Park episode Bloody Mary, which depicts the Madonna menstruating, breaches acceptable standards of decency and good taste.
Clark offended by Virgin Mary TV cartoon (The Sydney Morning Herald) - New Zealand's Prime Minister, Helen Clark, an avowed agnostic, said Sunday that she found a TV cartoon offensive in its depiction of a statue of a menstruating Virgin Mary. "I'm not a religious person myself, but I think it is important to show religious faiths respect and tolerance," Miss Clark said. "From what I've heard of it, I consider it quite offensive personally. As a woman, I find it offensive."
She said the controversy had probably flared in the wake of widespread Muslim protests about the publication of newspaper cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad. In Australia, SBS Television has deferred a scheduled May 6 screening of the episode.
Comments on the Bloody Mary episode disappointing (Scoop Independent News) - A press release from Family Life International, New Zealand: NZ Race Relations Commissioner's comments on the Bloody Mary episode of South Park are extremely disappointing. As a Catholic organisation we are extremely disappointed to learn of the comments of New Zealand's Race Relations Commissioner; Joris de Bres, regarding the offensive Bloody Mary episode of South Park. Mr Joris de Bres has been reported in the news yesterday as saying that he believes that "news and entertainment are different issues when it comes to broadcasting offensive materials". His comments make absolutely no sense and will lead people to conclude that he is only prepared to support the Islamic religion, but, as far as he is concerned, the Christian faith and women are free to be subjected to gratuitous and offensive attacks by media organisations. Surely offensive material is offensive because of its content, not because of the medium used to convey the offence. This program is outrageously offensive to women and Christians because of its content. Its offensive status has nothing to do with whether it is classed as news or entertainment. Mr Joris de Bres' comments show that while the Islamic community has his full support, he is not interested in speaking against gratuitous attacks on the Christian faith.
Those Muhammad comic cells are entertainment too, you know. :) It's the reaction to them, as well as to South Park, that makes news. Anyway, seems Mr. du Bois has a double standard - piss people enough that they start rioting, and he's on their side.
Stop The Offenive Programming, C4! (Stop C4) - If you have C4 and want to protest the airing of this episode tomorrow, go there to give your support.
It seems C4 was going to screen it on May 10, but moved it up to tomorrow, February 22 (or today, as it's already Wednesday morning there). I'm sure people are gonna make fun of Catholics for protesting the ep, but activism wouldn't exist if people were cowed by those making fun of them.
Catholics urge South Park boycott (various sites, BBC News in this case) - The New Zealand bishops have joined in the boycott as well.
February 23, 2006 TylernolSP sent me this little snippet today: "I am from Michigan and in the newspaper today there is a small article and picture. A man in Alpena, Michigan made a HUGE ice sculpture of Stan,Kyle, Cartman and Kenny and trees in the background. The boys are each about 10 ft tall and 5 or 6 ft wide. Its in his front yard." So I went online to check it out, and here's what I found: from The Alpena News (Click on archives, February 22, 2006). I'm awaiting a hi-res pic from TylerSP though. :)

Kurt Dziesinski makes finishing touches to the South Park snow sculpture he created in his front yard on Lake Street in Alpena Tuesday afternoon. This is the 14th year Dziesinski has made a sculpture to share with the community. Yockey Excavating, Tom Male Construction and Don Dziesinski Well Drilling donated time and labor to bring in the 160 square yards of snow necessary to make the sculpture. Dziesinski said he worked on the sculpture for about 40 hours over a period of two weeks and plans to make another one in the next month.
February 28, 2006 South Park is still in the news, thanks to high ratings and Catholic anger over "Bloody Mary." Read on.

Christians, God 'seen as fair game' (News.com, Australia) - CHRISTIANS are seen as fair game when it comes to poking fun at religious icons, while Jews and Muslims are seemingly off-limits, Family First senator Steve Fielding said.
Next: The Philippines... MTRCB: ‘South Park’ offensive (IRQ7, from the Philippine Daily Inquirer, 2/26/06) - CABLE DISTRIBUTOR SOLAR Entertainment has discontinued the airing of the animated series “South Park” on Jack TV after the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board complained of the program’s “offensive nature.”
SBS drops South Park episode on the Pope (The Age) - SBS is deferring its première broadcast of "Bloody Mary" until the Muslim furor over the Danish cartooons dies down. Oh yeah, and...
Maybe Cathy Wilcox could have done the same for the airing of the Danish cartoons. :D
Ratings soar from South Park screening, Catholics vow to continue boycott (TVNZ OneNews | National) - "Bloody Mary" got South Park six times as many viewers as normal. The Catholic Church in New Zealand says it will be making an official complaint about it to the Broadcasting Standards Authority on the grounds it breaches the standards of fairness, decency and good taste. Catholics at a prayer vigil in Auckland on Wednesday night to protest against an episode of the cartoon series, South Park, say they will continue to boycott broadcaster CanWest.
June 16, 2006 The Hot Blog posted a copy of a memo from South Park creator Matt Stone addressing the MPAA's notes for South Park: Bigger, Longer, & Uncut. It's reproduced here if the image is hard to read:

Here is our new cut of the South Park movie to submit to the MPAA. I wanted to tell you exactly what notes we did and did not address.
  1. We left in both the "fisting" and "rimjob" references in the counselor's office scene. We did cut the word "hole" from "asshole" as per our conversation.
  2. We took out the entire "God has fucked me in the ass so many times..." It is gone.
  3. Although it is not animated yet, we put a new storyboard in for clarification in the scene with Saddan Hussein's penis. The intent now is that you never see Saddam's real penis, he is in fact using dildos both times.
  4. We have the shot animated that reveals the fact that Winona is not shooting ping-pong balls from her vagina. She is, in fact, hitting the balls with a ping-pong paddle.
  5. We took out the only reference to "cum-sucking ass" in the film. It was in the counselor's office and we took it out.
  6. We left in the scenes with Cartman's mom and the horse as per our conversation. This is one joke we really want to fight for.
Call with any questions

Matt

 

P.S. This is my favorite memo ever.

Now, why are we seeing this now and didn't see it back in, say, 2001, other than it being a slow news day?
July 13, 2006 Yes, it's been all over the news, but you read it here first on July 2: "Trapped in the Closet" will be back on the air on July 19. All that follows now is the backstory to this, and some bullshit. Yahoo! News mentions it (hell, it's all over the place), along with this from spokesman Tony Fox

The network rotates its 150 episodes of "South Park" in and out of the broadcast schedule. This episode just happens to be rotating back in.
And I suppose the ep just happened to be switched out back in March and just happened to be removed from the May airing and July 5 airing? I call bullshit!
The Contra Costa Times mentions that "Comedy Central never said exactly why it yanked the episode."

FOX News stations are reporting that

Controversial "South Park" Episode Rescheduled

Comedy Central has scheduled a July 19 air date for a controversial Emmy-nominated episode of South Park that lampoons Scientology and Tom Cruise.
A repeat of the episode, titled "Trapped In The Closet," was pulled from the schedule at the last minute in May .
The show's creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone were furious with Comedy Central and the gesture is an attempt by the cable network to repair the rift in the relationship.
The duo was told the episode was pulled because Cruise was unhappy with the subject matter.
Cruise's representatives have repeatedly denied any involvement in pulling the episode, which prompted Scientologist Isaac Hayes, who voiced the character Chef, to quit the show.
Stone insists he is not convinced saying, "I only know what we were told, that people involved with 'Mission: Impossible III' wanted the episode off the air and that is why Comedy Central had to do it. I don't know why else it would have been pulled."
Newstrack add that
"It's true we are not as big as Tom Cruise, but we've done two movies for Viacom and 10 years of 'South Park' episodes, and this has been our home," Stone said. "If they hadn't put this episode back on the air, we'd have had serious issues, and we wouldn't be doing anything else with them."
Of course, the Catholic League has to have its say on the matter. WorldNet Daily reports
Stone said the removal of the episode was nearly the last straw for him and co-creator Trey Parker, who had been censored on three other occasions.
"We've been through a trifecta of annoyances," Stone said. "The 'Bloody Mary' episode angered Catholics. And we had a big fight when we wanted to show Muhammad. ... The mantra has always been everything is fair game."

But the likening of the "Bloody Mary" episode to the Scientology and Islam programs is not sitting well with the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights.
Says Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League, "During the program, a statue of the Virgin Mary is shown 'bleeding out her a--' and spraying passers-by with the blood. After being called in to investigate, Pope Benedict XVI declares that the statue is merely bleeding out of the vagina. In addition, previous episodes of the show depicted priests as depraved lechers."
He claims Comedy Central has been careful not to offend Muslims.
"Despite the creators' attempt to depict Muhammad in the episode 'Cartoon Wars,' the network's top brass blocked out his cartoon image. Stone and co-creator Trey Parker then expressed their frustration with their bosses' hypocrisy by depicting Jesus defecating on an American flag," Donohue said.
"Putting 'Bloody Mary' in the same category with 'Trapped in the Closet' and 'Cartoon Wars' forces a moral equivalency that does not exist. Indeed, Scientologists are ridiculed, Muslims are appeased, and Catholic holy figures are depicted in the most degrading of fashions. It is obvious that the Catholic Church bears the brunt of Comedy Central's scorn."
August 22, 2006 Szajd sent me these three links from IGN a few days ago detailing what Matt and Trey said during the Television Critics Association summer press tour a month ago, and a follow-up last week: 1 2 and A month later, with Matt Stone. And here are the three articles in one page. Also, here's an article on films MnT are working on, under their renamed production company, Important Pictures

Parker and Stone Making Two New Movies
Source: Variety
August 22, 2006

"South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have set two live-action films at Paramount.
Parker and Stone will first make the Jeff Roda-scripted high school comedy My All-American. They plan to follow with Giant Monsters Attack Japan!, a film scripted by J.F. Lawton (Under Siege) that will combine live-action with the "rubber suit" techniques made popular in Asian imports like Godzilla.
Parker will direct each film and Stone produce; both will work on the scripts with the writers. Sean Daniel and Nickelodeon will also be producers on "Giant Monsters."
Parker and Stone are aiming for a 2007 production start, timed to a hiatus from "South Park," which this week launched its 10th season.
My All-American will sport a young cast, marking the first time Parker and Stone have worked with real actors since the pre-"South Park" features Cannibal: The Musical! and Orgazmo.
6 p.m. — Haha, Tom Cruise has just been released from Paramount! I guess his antics in the past year or two have brought him down! :D
August 27, 2006 This past Spring, Matt and Trey went to Norway. Christian Berg sent me the translations for the three Norwegian articles I asked translations for. Thanks, Christian. :) Saddam is being forced to watch himself...

Saddam's cartoon capers

Former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein is being made to watch his appearance in cult cartoon South Park while he is behind bars.
The deposed leader on trial in Iraq was featured in the movie spin-off as the lover of the devil. South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut featured Hussein and Satan attempting to take over the world together.
Speaking at the Edinburgh International Television Festival, South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone said US Marines guarding the former dictator during his trial for genocide were making him watch the movie "repeatedly".
"I have it on pretty good information from the Marines on detail in Iraq that they showed him the movie last year. That's really adding insult to injury. I bet that made him really happy," Stone said.
September 25, 2006 'South Park' creators celebrate show's 10th season (Daytona Beach News Journal) doesn't have much news, but it has a couple of good comments:
Trey: "It was actually Brian Graden who told us, 'I think some day these will be six of 100.' And we're like, 'You're crazy. There's no way.' And we're up to 150-something."
Matt: "We've said in a lot of interviews, 'There's no way we're going to be 35 or 40 doing this show,' and here we are at 35, and we're doing the show. Now we'll say, 'There's no way we're going to be 45 to 50 doing this show."
November 20, 2006 The Chicago Tribune has s collection of reports today. This one is among them:

December Reason runs the transcript of a most interesting session with Trey Parker and Matt Stone, acerbic co-creators of Comedy Central's 10-year-old hit "South Park," including their side of battles with the network over episodes or scenes it's refused to air or rerun, including ones on the Prophet Muhammad cartoons controversy and on Tom Cruise and Scientology. But they laugh all the way to the bank, as Stone concedes: "Basically all we've ever done is said what we wanted to say, and people have just thrown money at us."
November 25, 2006 TV Land's The 100 Greatest TV Quotes & Catchphrases Hits the Air With a Comprehensive List of TV's Most Memorable Expressions Over the Past 60 Years. The following is South Park's entry:
NEW YORK, Nov. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- TV Land counts down The 100 Greatest TV Quotes & Catchphrases in a week-long look at the memorable sayings from cartoons, television series, commercials and news programs over the past 60 years like Donald Trump's (The Apprentice) "You're fired" to Billy Crystal's (Saturday Night Live) "You look mahvelous!" to Walter Cronkite's "And that's the way it is." Building on the success of 2005's The 100 Most Unexpected TV Moments, The 100 Greatest TV Quotes & Catchphrases gives viewers a look inside the origins of some of pop culture's most remembered and repeated catchphrases. The 100 Greatest TV Quotes & Catchphrases, which is produced by Gay Rosenthal Productions (Behind the Music and Little People, Big World), airs on Monday, December 11 from 10 to 11 P.M. ET/PT for five consecutive nights.
TV Land's The 100 Greatest TV Quotes & Catchphrases features original talent interviews and archival clips of those who made them famous as well as those who have been deeply influenced by the catchphrases. From Neil Armstrong's unforgettable "One small step ... " to Fred Flintstone's cartoon catchphrase "Yabba dabba do" to The Price is Right's Johnny Olson's call to "Come on down," TV Land's The 100 Greatest TV Quotes & Catchphrases will take viewers from 100 to 1 in this lively week-long countdown show.

Thursday, December 14, 10 P.M., Phrases 40-21, (TV-PG)

In the fourth episode, Trey Parker and Matt Stone fill us in on a little known secret about the South Park catchphrase "Oh my God, they killed Kenny - you bastards!" and Walter Cronkite weighs in on the creation of his classic CBS Evening News signoff, "And that's the way it is."