Conspiracy Theories

Goin' Down to South Park, Gonna Set Off Controlled Demolitions

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Last week's episode of South Park tackled the so-called 9/11 "Truth Movement"* with the kind of ballsy bitterness that can only be fully deployed against people no one takes seriously. Quick recap: Cartman, a 9/11 fantasiast, accuses Kyle of plotting 9/11. In uncovering the truth, Kyle is abducted by President Bush, who reveals that he blew up the WTC. But Kyle and Stan escape the White House and find that the 9/11 conspiracy is actually a government conspiracy cooked up to make the feds look competent—if the president can cover up the murder of 3000 people, is Joe Six Pack going to risk evading his taxes?

During the episode, kooks referred to 911Truth.org as the site to find out the best September 11 nuttery. Lo and behold, the website has latched onto South Park as a marketing device.

Hello, South Park Fans!

To those of you who already know that we don't know what happened on 9/11, you're definitely not alone–our Zogby poll in May found 45% of Americans want a new investigation because we know we were lied to! (Final report here). And for a long list of people within the government and military who also know, check out patriotsquestion911.com.

Another post on the site takes a darker view of Parker and Stone's tomfoolery.

In this episode, they resorted to channeling Beavis and Butthead by spinning out a whole show which was essentially a 30-minute excuse for asking: "How many different alliterative ways can we say "take a shit"? (Heh, heh, he said "fudge dragon"!)

It's funny the first couple of times, but it gets tired. Just like the refusal to face aspects of our collective reality gets tiring. Here's hoping for a fairer portrayal of 9/11 skepticism next time.

It's like Scientology, without the joiner fees.

(*This is the only Truth Movement I want to know about.)