Ok, fine. You can have this one, but only because some of what you said made me laugh!!:DForgive the extreme lateness of my reply, I just wanted to congratulate you on putting more thought into South Park than Trey Parker and Matt Stone usually do. While we all have a tendency to feel that we need to justify our likes and dislikes to other people, doing so doesn't amount to an objective analysis of those things. It's human nature to dismiss things we don't like and find some intrinsic brilliance in things that we do like, but our feelings don't make it so. You're free to like South Park as much as you want and for whatever reasons you want, and you have no obligation to justify yourself to anyone else, but don't try to dress it up as something sophisticated, purposeful, or clever. I've watched it, I enjoy it, it's none of those things. As for not picking out a group and making fun of them, uh...Mormons? Twenty minutes of calling Mormons dumb followed by a tacked on thirty seconds of "yeah, we're dumb, alright, but we love each other" should hardly pass for purposeful, clever comedy, should it? You also have a rather odd notion of some inherent sophistication of the basic cable world. Comedy Central ain't HBO; if anything the reverse of what you said is true. For the most part, network shows have viewerships that basic cable shows could only dream of, along with the attendant pressures of maintaining those viewerships. Truth be told, I like both South Park and Family Guy, but I take them for what they are and, because of their crassness, I have little real affection for either. To reiterate, like what you like, just don't pee on my hat and tell me it's raining.
If you look up the term fauxgressive, I am quite sure MacFarlane's face would be front and center. He says all of the right bullshit, but when it is time for him to earn money, the man has no problem pushing every ism that he can think of. Some would say that he picks on everyone and that this therefore makes his television shows acceptable, but if you really study "The Cleveland Show" and "The Family Guy," you will notice that the people he seems to pick on the most, constitute the most marginalized in society. When marginalized people complain about the way they are portrayed on MacFarlane's shows, we are told that we are being to sensitive and that it is just a joke. Why take any of it seriously, they are after all just cartoon characters right?
MacFarlane recently gave an interview to Details magazine and in it he discussed the negative reaction of the GLBT community to his latest trans episode.
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#46 May 15, 2015
Seth has always been an advocate for the LGBT community. As a transwoman I take no offense to the jokes on the show or the clip from Ted 2. His jokes hit everyone, maybe not always evenly, but they are jokes. He personally doesn't feel that way! If you don't like it don't watch it.
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