I’ve got to wonder whose idea it was to erase the swastikas from Cartman’s flags; thumbs down to Comedy Central on that one.
Why is it that TV networks feel compelled to pretend that the symbol doesn’t exist, even when actually discussing Nazis? Justice League pulled the same crap in an episode involving an alternate timeline where the Nazis have won. I could buy the idea that at some point in the alternate timeline the Nazi party’s symbol changed inexplicably from the swastika to something like the SS insignia, but later in the episode they show what is supposed to be a 1940s newsreel, and, for no particular reason, SS insignia are present everwhere one would expect to find a swastika.
When did history become politically incorrect?
[Apologies in advance if a mod feels that this is straying too far from Cafe Society material]
I can understand censoring the swastikas in a situation like this where it can be considered offensive (still don’t agree with it), but surely not in anything that is attempting to be historical…that’s just ridiculous. The episode really was fun, and i was glad to see them tackle the movie…something about the last shot with mel gibson crapping on (kenny?) i found very funny:)
Well obviously, even the idiot Christians, would have realized Cartman was talking about killing the Jews if his banners had the swastika on it. He’d have to try to explain it away somehow, and it’s better that they didn’t have the swastikas so to make it a bit more believable.
Good point. Cartman was trying to hide his intentions, so it does fit in with the story line that he doesn’t just go out marching all over the place with a swatstika on him. Doing that would have made his intentions quite obvious.
My guess is that they didn’t erase swastikas from Cartman’s banners…they erased crosses. The shapes would have been similar enough, and it makes sense that that’s what “good christian” Cartman would have put on 'em. (A lot more than just a blank circle makes sense.)
And I agree on the pointless Nazi censorship…they did the same thing on an episode of X-Men: Evolution not more than a year or two ago. In that one…
[spoiler]…In a flashback, Wolverine and Captain America are liberating a “prisoner of war” camp. A POW camp that had a lot of women and children in it. One of whom was a child who’d grow up to become Magneto, who it’s been long established was held at a Nazi death camp.
Anyway, not only do you not see any swastikas…but Logan and Cap manage to liberate the camp without killing any of the German soldiers.
I just thought that of all the people it could possibly be “OK” to show being killed on TV, that Nazi soldiers who are running a concentration camp would be at the top of the frigging list![/spoiler]
It just burns me up…people complain about violence on TV desensitizing kids, so they just show the same amount of violence, but stop showing anyone getting hurt! What’s that supposed to teach people?
But, that’s neither here nor there…good South Park episode. Hillarious Mel Gibson animation. But…I was expecting that Stan and Kenny were going to end up killing the dangerously insane Mel, in self defence, probably by nailing him to something. With the obvious allegory—they weren’t killing him for the heck of it, they were killing him because he was a dangerous psycho with delusions of grandeur, who was trying to start his own religion. You know, the classic kind of SP spin on a situation.
(Of course, Jesus didn’t have a banjo, and he didn’t scream “Qua’PLA!” every few minutes…)