Did South Park go too far this time?

By Mark O’Neill
Contributing Writer, [GAS]

Did South Park go too far this time?   That’s the question being posed by the Los Angeles Times after South Park came back this week from a several month hiatus.

To me, the question is ridiculous.  South Park ALWAYS goes too far – that’s what makes the programme so popular.  It intentionally sets out to shock.  But what I think has shocked the LA Times is the sight of Steven Spielberg and George Lucas raping Harrison Ford and then raping a stormtrooper.

“We all saw it happen,” says Jimmy, “Do you remember that scene with Indiana in the refrigerator? It didn’t make any sense, Stan.”

But this is ADULT humor!  I think sometimes people forget that.   In the midst of people crying out “what about the children?!”, people forget that this is not actually a children’s programme.

Raping Harrison Ford aside, the episode tries to make the point that Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull sucks big time (or “sucks donkey balls” as Cartman would say), and the whole raping thing is that Lucas and Spielberg have “raped” the franchise for their own ends.   So there is a serious point in there – somewhere, sort of.

Elsewhere, Cartman and Butters dress up disguised as Chinese people and infiltrate a Chinese restaurant.  This is all part of Cartman’s plan to talk to other Chinese people so they can discover the plans for the Chinese invasion of the United States.   But the police soon surround the restaurant and Butters starts shooting everyone in the balls.

To me, the episode was hilarious but what about you?   Was the whole raping thing totally out of control?  DID they go too far?

Oh and by the way, the full episode is available online at South Park Studios if you want to watch it.   It seems to be available outside the US too.

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20 Responses to Did South Park go too far this time?

  1. The raping metaphor isn't offensive or even shocking. It's par for the course of what Stone & Parker do best. What's sad here is that nerds still get angrily and childishly bent out of shape when their pet franchises go in directions other than what they envisioned in their wank fantasies. Didn't like Crystal Skull or Attack of the Clones? Tough noogies. We all see movies we don't like now and then. Boo-hoo. Whining about it – or worse; making a bitter cartoon about it – just seems puerile. As odd as it may sound, I'd expect the South Park boys to be above this.

  2. The raping metaphor isn’t offensive or even shocking. It’s par for the course of what Stone & Parker do best. What’s sad here is that nerds still get angrily and childishly bent out of shape when their pet franchises go in directions other than what they envisioned in their wank fantasies. Didn’t like Crystal Skull or Attack of the Clones? Tough noogies. We all see movies we don’t like now and then. Boo-hoo. Whining about it – or worse; making a bitter cartoon about it – just seems puerile. As odd as it may sound, I’d expect the South Park boys to be above this.

  3. I am a BIG fan of South Park and I personally think they never go to far. As you said, people forget it's an adult cartoon. I would add it's an open-minded adult cartoon. Not everyone can watch this…

    However, I think this new episode was kinda disappointing. The whole Chinese plot was too long. I was bored at times. The rape scene cracked me up though.

    What I really like about South Park is the underlying messages in each episode and although I didn't really like this episode, I totally got the message.

    Looking forward for some more disturbing episodes…

  4. I am a BIG fan of South Park and I personally think they never go to far. As you said, people forget it’s an adult cartoon. I would add it’s an open-minded adult cartoon. Not everyone can watch this…

    However, I think this new episode was kinda disappointing. The whole Chinese plot was too long. I was bored at times. The rape scene cracked me up though.

    What I really like about South Park is the underlying messages in each episode and although I didn’t really like this episode, I totally got the message.

    Looking forward for some more disturbing episodes…

  5. I didn't see the episode mostly because SP lost my interest years ago. Parker and Stone use their cartoon to get their points across just like many other cartoonists. What bothers me about them doing it though is that they aren't even clever about it… Spielberg and Lucus raping Harrison Ford? Not exactly what I'd call a hidden analogy.

    If I really want intelligent satire that goes way too far on a weekly basis, I have Family Guy and American Dad.

  6. I didn’t see the episode mostly because SP lost my interest years ago. Parker and Stone use their cartoon to get their points across just like many other cartoonists. What bothers me about them doing it though is that they aren’t even clever about it… Spielberg and Lucus raping Harrison Ford? Not exactly what I’d call a hidden analogy.

    If I really want intelligent satire that goes way too far on a weekly basis, I have Family Guy and American Dad.

  7. Honestly, when it became apparent that they weren't trying to create something funny, they just wanted to thumb their noses at the MPAA and anyone else trying to make a stand for decency (right or wrong,) I totally quit watching. They didn't cross a line with me, because they are completely irrelevant.

  8. Honestly, when it became apparent that they weren’t trying to create something funny, they just wanted to thumb their noses at the MPAA and anyone else trying to make a stand for decency (right or wrong,) I totally quit watching. They didn’t cross a line with me, because they are completely irrelevant.

  9. I love how everyone is all offended over the rape scene but nobody seems to give a crap about the Chinese racism all over the episode. Hilarious.

  10. I love how everyone is all offended over the rape scene but nobody seems to give a crap about the Chinese racism all over the episode. Hilarious.

  11. Well not every country outside of US, at least it's not available to Aussies…

    The page shows the following when I wanted to check out how 'interesting' the episode is about, but it seems the site is bound by a contract…

    Sorry Australia

    Full Episodes Coming Soon

    We are working hard to resolve our pre-existing contractual obligations and bring you Full Episodes as soon as possible.

    Please leave your email address and we will notify you as soon as the videos are available.

  12. Well not every country outside of US, at least it’s not available to Aussies…
    The page shows the following when I wanted to check out how ‘interesting’ the episode is about, but it seems the site is bound by a contract…


    Sorry Australia
    Full Episodes Coming Soon
    We are working hard to resolve our pre-existing contractual obligations and bring you Full Episodes as soon as possible.

    Please leave your email address and we will notify you as soon as the videos are available.

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