Offensive, drawn, and somewhat
political -- that's 'South Park'
By Ben Gertz
May 1, 2006 | The show's characters range from a marijuana
smoking towel to a giant stone John Wilkes Booth, which
has caught the attention of a variety of viewers.
Since its beginning, Comedy
Park has been under constant scrutiny as its
Stone and Trey
Parker, attack virtually every topic.
"They just go too far, I can see where the show is
funny, but they are just too offensive," said Matt Liechty,
a junior majoring in economics.
The show's offensive nature and political commentary
has recently won a Peabody
Award for its spoof of the events surrounding Hurricane
Katrina. The controversy surrounding the show many times
hides its message.
"This show really is amazing; the guys who made
this show are really good at showing both sides of a
debate and then settling somewhere in the middle,"
said Kile Fischer, a network specialist at Cache County
Fisher said he has slowly become a fan of South
Park over the years. He found a similarity between
his conservative background and the message of the show.
Fisher isn't the only one.
In 2001, Andrew
Sullivan coined the term "South
Park Republican" on his Internet blog. This
term grew in popularity as more and more people found
they also agreed with the messages of the show.
Almost every South Park episode, recently,
has been receiving media attention.
"I am amazed when I see gossip about South
Park headlining CNN's
Web site," said Jesse Mace a freshman majoring
in electrical engineering.
Recent controversies over Tom
and even Muhammad
have been covered by all major news agencies.
These episodes have led to banned episodes, censorship
from Comedy Central and even a cast member quitting
composer for the 1971 film Shaft,
quit after an episode that attacked Scientology. Hayes
was the voice for one of South Park's best
known characters, Chef.
"It was a shock to see Isaac Hayes leave," said Fisher
"Next to Butters, Chef was my favorite character."
Hayes' quitting has sent shockwaves through fan sites.
The topic has been highly debated and has left a lot
of people confused. The members of Web sites such as
which has 3,000 registered members, have lengthy discussions
about the whole situation.
South Park has created a large community of
people from all different backgrounds. No other sitcom
show has had an impact such as South Park has.
"I can't wait to see what they are going to do next,"