South Park Edited, Again

Still offending, and still damned funny.

South Park Cover"We never set out to do a libertarian show," South Park co-creator Matt Stone told reason's Nick Gillespie and Jesse Walker at a 2006 conference in Amsterdam. But intentionally or not, the show became known as much for its libertarian-leaning politics as for its outrageous humor.

The interview with Stone and his co-creator Trey Parker was printed in the December 2006 issue of reason as "South Park Libertarians." Much of the discussion centered on the show's multiple political controversies-particularly episodes that had been edited or pulled from air as a result of outside pressure.

The most famous such incident occurred in 2006, when, following a violent reaction to a series of anti-Muslim cartoons featured in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, Parker and Stone decided to write an episode in which the Prophet Muhammed appeared in an episode of Family Guy. Parker and Stone wrote a two-part story, teasing the appearance of Muhammed in the second episode and framing it as a test of broadcaster Comedy Central's commitment to free speech. "That whole week we were trying to get Comedy Central to show Muhammad," Stone told reason. "And they pussed out." The scene was replaced with a black, text-only title card describing what would have been shown.

Another controversy arose when the pair decided to rerun an episode critical of Scientology the same week that Mission: Impossible III, which starred prominent Scientologist Tom Cruise, was set to open. At the last minute, Parker and Stone were told the episode would be pulled-and that they couldn't talk to the press. "That was really tough, because that felt like we were playing along with this, to me, fundamentally immoral organization like Scientology," Stone said. "But then we realized-and luckily it came true-that you can't just pull an episode off the air anymore. People are going to find out. Sure enough, it was all over the press."

This year, Parker and Stone branched out into interactive media with a raunchy and well-reviewed video game, South Park: The Stick of Truth. And once again, the pair found their work edited so as not to cause offense. The North American version of the game was released exactly as the creators intended, but seven short scenes related to abortion and anal probing were cut from the game in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. The unedited versions, however, were quickly posted online for all to see.

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  • The Late P Brooks||

    NYT is on the lookout for domestic terrorism.

    What the Veterans Affairs Department should not do, now or ever, is to lurch headlong into privatization, the catchall response from Republicans fond of cheap, simplistic fixes. Veterans deserve the wide-ranging support of an integrated system that cares for them for the rest of their lives. Those with combat-related injuries in particular have complex medical needs that the veterans’ system can best provide. Shunting more veterans to private hospitals and clinics — themselves strained by patient demand and financial pressures — will not serve them any better. And a shrinking V.A. caseload could well mean shrinking political support for financing the system properly.

    Those crazy Republicans, always trying to dismantle the government.

  • Sevo||

    "the catchall response from Republicans fond of cheap, simplistic fixes."

    'Cause those are so much worse than horrendously expensive, unworkably complex fixes. Like, oh, O-care.

  • ||

    I notice that most of the people championing the VA system are those who don't actually have to use it.

    But shit, with health outcomes as fantastic as the VA system demonstrably has, why would we want to risk it all sending veterans to private doctors?

  • SweatingGin||

    "And a shrinking V.A. caseload could well mean shrinking political support for financing the system properly."

    Are they suggesting the need for more injured vets who need the VA as a way to increase/sustain funding to the VA?

  • Virginian||

    They're not really suggesting it, they're flat out stating it.

    Same reason they oppose free markets. If people could rise on their own merits, without being forced to subsidize their competitors, or deal with byzantine regulations, then there would be no need for the poverty pimps and race hustlers.

  • Swiss Servator, CH yeah!||

    "Those with combat-related injuries in particular have complex medical needs that the veterans’ system can best provide"

    HAHAHAHAHAHA!

    Oh yeah, there just is not any expertise in trauma injuries in any private medical institution. Tell you what NYT - next time you get a burn injury, traumatic amputation or gunshot wound go to the VA and stay away from Mt. Sinai, etc.

  • Cdr Lytton||

    Just don't go to my local VA hospital. The ICU closed five years ago and they basically do only outpatient work and simple surgeries. Clinic would be a better description of their medical range.

  • Swiss Servator, CH yeah!||

    I will never use the VA. I never mentioned jack squat about any injuries or such and would not take a rating either. I and my family can take care of me without sucking at the fouled government tit.

  • EDG reppin' LBC||

    I and my family can take care of me without sucking at the fouled government tit.

    Impossible. Because of the social contract, we're all in this together. And we're going to take care of you. Good and hard.

  • Swiss Servator, CH yeah!||

    Stop resisting (our efforts to help)!

  • LynchPin1477||

    If the caseload shrinks, the proper amount of financing should also shrink. Sort of like not needing to buy enough food to feed a family of four once the kids have moved out of the house.

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    Remember where you heard about transitioning the VHA over to the ACA first.

    It has been at least a week since I championed the idea. Cost savings, privatization, you Peanuts get it.

  • Agammamon||

    Yes, here.

    http://reason.com/blog/2014/05.....nt_4533848

    Except you never explained how healthcare providers were going to forgo the temptation to manipulate metrics (even at the expense of patient care) in order to meet targets.

  • Swiss Servator, CH yeah!||

    Just let him glory in his drug addled self adulation.

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    Ah, yes. That is a legit concern.

    It would be a combination of the ACO and MLR (medical loss ratio) metrics.

    IOW, accountability + minimum treatment levels would insure service.

    Now, that would not prevent outright fraud I admit.

  • NotAnotherSkippy||

    HMO's will work this time. They just needed the right TOP MEN.

  • Agammamon||

    You mean outright fraud like that committed by the VHA? To meet targets?

    I mean, if all we have to worry about is *unintentional fraud* . . .

  • Agammamon||

    You do know the difference between what a policy *says* it will accomplish and what it *actually* does, right?

    Hell, if we all took that shit at face value we'd all be communists.

  • NotAnotherSkippy||

    Or we could get rid of both and just institute a premium support system for vets. Your delusions of unique brilliance are boring.

  • Chumby||

    Do the injured veterans on the secret waiting lists get transitioned too or do they just stay on the secret waiting list? Or do they get the option: if they like being on a secret waiting list they can keep staying on a secret waiting list?

  • LynchPin1477||

    themselves strained by patient demand and financial pressures

    FREE MARKET FAILURZ!!!

    Query: Is there *any* sector of the economy under strain from customer demand and financial pressure that isn't under the heavy hand of government?

  • Bardas Phocas||

    Food Trucks?

  • Daily Beatings||

  • NotAnotherSkippy||

    Veterans are already forced to go to private hospitals and clinics. The VA simply doesn't have the competence or the availability to treat them. My wife sees vets all the time, and they don't even bother transferring them over to the VA anymore.

    And, no, Anal Obstruction, it's not because of profit. She doesn't get paid for their hospital stay and she sees tons of Medicaid, Charity Care, & Medicare patients because her company eats the cost of the visit.

  • Sevo||

    "3 Reasons All Kids Should be FORCED to Watch South Park!"

    Someone is going to take that seriously and we'll hear about it from some lefty troll.

  • ||

    "My son last night blurted out 'Uncle Fucker' at the family get together! And get repeating it all night. "Pass the pickles uncle fucker. Here's the pink sea salt, uncle fucker. Where are the bacon bits uncle fucker? Is this the world right-wingers want?"

  • Suicidy||

    Fuck yeah, uncle fucker!

  • Jordan||

    The Stick of Truth was really well done. I think my favorite part was traipsing around 8-bit Canada. Fighting Nazi cows was pretty great too.

  • Matrix||

    Nazi zombie cows, dammit!

  • Moogle||

    Beating the crap out of Al a Gore was the best.

    And the whole Princess Kenny thing. It's just the way he's rolling now, you know?

  • Warren||

    WTF? How does an article about stuff that happened eight years ago get that title?

  • Swiss Servator, CH yeah!||

    FTA

    This year, Parker and Stone branched out into interactive media with a raunchy and well-reviewed video game, South Park: The Stick of Truth. And once again, the pair found their work edited so as not to cause offense.

  • EDG reppin' LBC||

    Some fine old New York hardcore.
    Warzone: Fighting For Our Country

    Fuck the communists and the people who always put us down
    Because of them, fighting for our country, it mean so much to me
    Don't you know that they're liars
    They'll oppress you 'til you die
    My pride it stays right here
    Land of the free, land of the brave
    No other can come close with all out glory
    From coast to coast

  • PapayaSF||

  • Sevo||

    There's a wonderful joke buried in there, and I've been looking for it for over a day...

  • Suicidy||

    You're looking for the joke with a microscope?

  • Christophe||

    This is clearly the next step in gentrification.

  • Chumby||

    Crazy Rat Lady

  • SusanM||

    Here's a brief review which touches on the censorship in Australia.

    http://www.escapistmagazine.co.....ing-Koalas

  • Sevo||

    Uh, got a summary? That's like Billy May on uppers.

  • SusanM||

    lol here's a transcript from a fan wiki

    http://zeropunctuation.wikia.c.....k_of_Truth

  • Trials and Trippelations||

    It was a great game. I only got a few hours in before my wife returned from her trip and I had to return it to red box.

  • Cytotoxic||

    God I hate ZP. Douche with terrible taste.

  • Aloysious||

    Land of the free, land of the brave

    Not any more.

    /cynic

  • Matrix||

    South Park is Libertarian?

    Statist: They took my roads!
    Statist 2: Dey took his roadz!
    Statist 3: Derk a ruuurz!

  • Notorious G.K.C.||

    "seven short scenes related to abortion and anal probing were cut from the game in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa"

    The Europeans are so much more relaxed and cool about this sort of thing!

    /talking points c. 1998

  • Sevo||

    Hey, it had to be removed 'cause the Euros thought it was a satire about them!

  • ||

    "That whole week we were trying to get Comedy Central to show Muhammad," Stone told reason. "And they pussed out."

    Yeah, they fucking did. And when people called attention to the fact that Comedy Central allowed South Park to depict Mohammed 140 episodes earlier , they pulled that one down, too.

    Fuck Comedy Central.

  • BiMonSciFiCon||

    That's such a shame.

    How do you bring down a giant animated Abraham Lincoln?

  • ||

    Uh.. a giant animated John Wilkes Booth?

  • ||

    Seaman to the rescue!

  • Suicidy||

    I guess there is no point sending them my treatment for 'Muhammad: Latent Homosexual Pedophile Pig Fucker, The Series'. I figured their demographic would find it to be boneriffic.

  • ||

    South Park. Fuck yeah!

    Suck my balls.

  • Almanian!||

    Screw you guys - I'm goin' home...

  • Haritis||

    Liked it when was a kid. Now it seems just vulgar :/

  • Todd Gilbert||

    And still the nutty Islamist called for their death.

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