In this written task I have chosento write about an online critique on the television show, south park. Thistelevision was made by an iconic man Trey Parker.
This writer is iconic for hissomewhat obnoxious manner and use of language without any concern of anyaudience or groups that may have the potential to be offended. His insults andcomments consists mainly of racist comments due to his pride and history ofwriting. Other than racist comments, South Park writers are able to portray andmake a mockery of people with different genders and sexuality. Trey Parkeroften makes comparison through the use of similes and metaphors in order toportray a certain stereotype.
South Park is an example oflanguage and mass communications through the media. What began in 1997 asconventional kids show has evolved after its recognition on the television,it’s increasing its viewership overtime to an estimated 60 million views perweek in over 100 countries. Thus, the language used by South Park could be ableto convince some viewers that the stereotypes they portray are actually thetruth since the audience is mostly children at the age of 14. I have chosen to write thisresponse in a form of an online critique. This is because i am able tocriticize the comments made, discussing about how inconsiderate and offensivethe South Park team could be to certain audiences. People could also be able tocomment on it agreeing or disagreeing with anything that I say. This will beposted in a critic for or any forum that relates to South Park. South Park:In 1997, The first episode of SouthPark was launched, the show has made a huge transformation a couple years laterwith its “humorous” and controversial show the target audience has changed fromthe age of 13+ to 17+.
With an estimation of 60 million views per week in over100 different countries. South Park is a fine example of how mass media is usedto persuade and inform large audiences, conveying many ideas for show that isconsidered “humorous” related. The show has been made famous by an iconicwriter Trey Parker, for his obnoxious manner and use of language, speaking hismind without having to think twice about offending any potential viewers. Overthe years, Trey Parker’s comments have offended multiple racial groups, Asiansto Africans, as well as viewers of different genders. Racist comments are probably themost frequent type of ‘humor’ found in South Park, the presenter’s patrioticfeelings and ignorance have insulted many races around the globe. South Parkmakes use of language to portray certain racial and sexist stereotypes, oneexample made by a character named Eric Cartman says ” I’ve been licking thiscarpet in my dream while a sleep for the past 3 hours and i still don’t feellike a Canadian lesbian” and soon after another character named Kyle then goeson saying “try going back to sleep again but this time dream about being abit** then you might turn out to be an actual Canadian lesbian” these commentsmade by the duo was also aired during the Canadian ambassadors visit in the US.
The Canadian Ambassador complained, demanding an apology from Trey parker’screw saying that the comments were “offensive and pointing out humiliatingremarks” that “only serve to reinforce negative stereotypes and perpetuateprejudice against Canada and its people” the implications made by Eric Cartmanand Kyle here are very clear implying that they are “lesbians and bit**es” asif they lacked purpose in life. Racist comments may also havesurfaced due to their patriotism and America’s history with other countries.Although Nazi political and economic relations are not very high, South parkseemed to be living in the past, dwelling on the conflict between America andGermany in the world war II, holding their prejudice and grudge on actions ofthe infamous Adolf Hitler. In an episode, some of the characters wererepresented as Nazis, such character as Eric Cartman was running around hiscity and discriminating every Jew and saying things such as “you sneaky Jewrat”, “You filthy Jew” and “Jews have been exterminated from this earth forgood reasons” All these comments relate to Hitler and Nazi Germany. Thesecomments have gained negative attention from both America and German newsmedia. Eric Cartman’s comments here are generalizing the Jewish community as”filthy beings”, implying that the influence of the Nazi’s party morals arestill present in our modern society. Gender stereotypes are alsoportrayed through language in South Park, because the main characters were maleand very outspoken, they would make jokes about women because it’s “funnier”when a male tells them. In an episode, there was the presidency poll and thecontenders had to make a speech, one of the contenders comments “you know I wasstanding here in line and you know what I do, I stick my finger up in thischicks asshole and then she turns around then says ‘”‘aren’t you that cute guyrunning for president”” and then I say yes, she then proceeds to ask me whystuck my finger up in her ass, and you know what, I said I’m just keeping myfinger warm honey, so I can stick it up that hot chicks clam” this commentwould obviously have different effects on audiences.
Naturally, most maleaudiences would have a good laugh at this joke. however, there is a possibilityof many women and feminist being offended by this joke, as the comments implyless attractive women can be used as advantage to please the more attractivewomen. South Park is a widely viewed show,with a huge range and variety of audience. South Park is a show watched by manypeople for its comedic value, entertainment and highly opinionated views. Butthose who are easily offended should maintain their distance from South Park’sfrom the issue risen from the brash, cocky and arrogant characters. The styleof South Parks “humor” is frowned upon and seen as unacceptable by many intoday society. The racist remarks made by South Park are cheap jokes made toget a laugh without considering the racial groups they are targeting to makefun of.
This self-centered act which should not be allowed on nationaltelevision, let alone international broadcasting.