HULK VS. THE CHURCH OF SOUTH PARK

 

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IT HAD TO GET HERE EVENTUALLY.

IN LAST WEEK’S SEASON FINALE OF SOUTH PARK ENTITLED “YOU’RE GETTING OLD” THE MAIN CHARACTER(S), AND BY PROXY THE WRITERS THEMSELVES, CAME TO A POINT OF CRITICAL MASS: THEY OPENLY ACKNOWLEDGED THEY SICK OF THEIR SHOW’S MODUS OPERANDI AND IT TIME CHANGE. THIS NOT AN INTERPRETATION. IT EXPRESSED RATHER DIRECTLY. THE SHOW’S MAIN CHARACTER, STAN, CAME TO POINT OF INCREDIBLE ISOLATION WHERE HE JUST HATE EVERYTHING ABOUT THE WORLD AND HAVE VOICE HIS CRITICISM. THE, EVER LITERAL, COMICALLY SHOWCASE A WORLD WHERE INDEED, “EVERYTHING IS SHIT.”

OBVIOUSLY, THE EPISODE STAND AS OBVIOUS OUTWARD CRITIQUE OF THE “CYNICAL ASSHOLES” OF THE WORLD, I.E. THE JERKS WHO SEEMINGLY CAN NO ENJOY ANYTHING. BUT ULTIMATELY, IT ONE OF RARE MOMENTS THAT SOUTH PARK POINT THE CRITICISM INWARD. MATT + TREY SEEMED SAY THEY ABSOLUTELY SICK WITH WHAT THE SHOW HAS BECOME. WORSE, THEY PERHAPS REALIZED THEY HAD BECOME LIKE STAN. AS RESULT, SOMETHING HAD TO CHANGE. CHANGE IT DID. STAN’S OFF BY HIMSELF. RANDY AND SHARON DIVORCE (FOR REAL, NOT A ONE-OFF GESTURE MAKING FUN OF DIVORCE), AND KYLE AND CARTMAN MIGHT NOW BE… GULP.. FRIENDS?

IN THIS SENSE OF ADDRESSING INWARD, CHANGING THE SHOW FOR REAL, AND NOT JUST FOR CHANGE’S SAKE, HULK FOUND IT TO BE THE BEST EPISODE THE SHOW HAS EVER PRODUCED. NOT FUNNIEST, MIND YOU. BEST. THERE DIFFERENCE. BUT THIS ESTIMATION SHOULD NO BE SURPRISING EITHER. THERE SOMETHING ALWAYS MORE POWERFUL ABOUT INWARD RESONANCE THAN OUTWARD RESONANCE. IT A BASIC DIFFERENCE OF “I HAVE” INSTEAD OF “YOU SHOULD” AND IT THE VERY NATURE OF BEING INCLUSIVE.

IT LIKELY HELP THAT HULK THINK SOUTH PARK CONTINUE GET BETTER EVERY SEASON.(1) THE SHOW DEBUTED WITH A PUNK ROCK-NON-POLISHED SENSIBILITY,(2) THEN TURNED TO WEEK-TO-WEEK TOPICAL CONTRARIANISM, THEN EMBRACED ABJECT LIBERTARIAN CENTERISM, TO FINALLY BECOME SHOW THAT BALANCED THIS “SUBJECT OF THE WEEK” WITH FULLY-EXPLORED CHARACTERS AND RELATIONSHIPS THAT DEFINE SHOW. AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, THE FLESHING OUT OF THEIR WORLD FROM ONE-NOTE JOKES TO DYNAMIC PERSONALITIES (TOKEN, CLYDE, JIMMY, NOT KILLING KENNY AND INSTEAD SORTA TURNING HIM INTO POON HOUND, AND EVERYTHING BUTTERS… ESPECIALLY HIS PARENTS)  MADE THE SHOW CONSISTENTLY FUNNY, NOT SOLELY FUNNY DEPENDING ON POINTEDNESS OF MATT + TREY’S COMMENTARY. AS RESULT, THE SOUTH PARK HULK WATCH TODAY SOMETHING FAR MORE TEXTURED AND POLISHED THAN YEARS PAST.

STILL, DESPITE THIS POLISH, THE SHOW REACHED CRITICAL MASS DUE TO SINGULAR CONCEPTUAL REASON, ONE GIANT-HULK-SIZED FATAL-FLAW THAT ALWAYS PREVENT HULK FROM TRULY LOVING IT:

IT NEVER ACTUALLY STOOD FOR ANYTHING.

UNLESS THIS THEIR ACTUAL SET OF BELIEFS THAT THEY SNUCK IN

THE PROBLEM THAT THIS “NOT STANDING FOR ANYTHING” ALSO PART OF THE INITIAL ATTRACTION.  WE LIVE IN TIME WHERE ANYTHING EVEN APPROACH TRADITIONAL “WHOLESOMENESS” THEN REGARDED AS ABJECT PREACHINESS, SENTIMENTAL SAP, AND JUST SOMETHING TO BE REVILED. AFTER ALL, PRACTICALITY = THE ENEMY OF COOL. AND LOVE + OPTIMISM= THE ENEMY OF HUMOR. AS RESULT, MODERN COMEDY “EDGE” SO RELIANT ON DETACHMENT THAT  THINGS LIKE CHARACTER ARCS AND “BELIEVING IN THINGS” INADVERTENTLY REGARDED AS THINGS FOR EMOTIONAL SUCKERS. BUT SOUTH PARK PROMISED PLACE WHERE NEVER HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT SAP OR SQUARE-ISM. IT AFFRONT YOU WITH VALUES.

WHICH MAKE IT ODD THAT SOUTH PARK ACTUALLY AN INCREDIBLY PREACHY SHOW. GRANTED, IT RARELY COME OFF AS SUCH BECAUSE OF THE MATT + TREY ALWAYS TRY APPEAL TO COMMON SENSE INSTINCTS AND AVOID FEATHER-RUFFLING PRATFALLS WITH THEIR DISTINCTLY LIBERTARIAN POLITICS. STILL, THIS A SHOW WHERE MAJORITY EPISODES END WITH STAN (OR SOMETIMES KYLE) GIVING APPROPRIATION OF SITUATION WITH DIRECT MONOLOGUE TO AUDIENCE. AND THIS RARELY OFFEND CAUSE SAID MONOLOGUE ALWAYS EITHER APE, OR GENUINELY REFLECT,  GOOD OLE FASHIONED HUMANISM.

THE PROBLEM THAT THESE MESSAGES, WEEK AFTER WEEK, ALWAYS ABOUT WRONG WITH SOMETHING. REGARDLESS OF HOW “CORRECT” THEY ARE IT ALWAYS ABOUT WHAT WRONG WITH SOMEONE’S VIEW, BEHAVIOR, OR PERCEIVED EXCESSES. YES, IT MATT +TREY’S PREROGATIVE. THEY HUMORISTS/SATIRISTS AND THERE ALWAYS A TOPIC TO BE SKEWERED. MOST OF THESE TOPICS EVEN DESERVE IT. BUT IT NO CHANGE REALITY THAT EVERY WEEK THEY TAKING ON SOMETHING THEY FIND WRONG/ANNOYING/SILLY ABOUT SOCIETY.(3)

IT REALLY THE ONLY THING THE SHOW ABOUT.

THOUGH IT ALSO GIVE US BUTTERS

IF PERSONIFYING SOUTH PARK, EVEN WHEN IT BEING MEASURED, EVEN IF IT JUST TRYING BE RATIONAL, THEY STILL THE CYNICAL ASSHOLE THAT HATE EVERYTHING AND TELL YOU WHY IT WRONG. AND SO OFTEN THESE MESSAGES ABOUT STUPID BEHAVIOR NOT ACTUALLY DEFENDING ANYTHING. THEY JUST TEARING A CONCEPT DOWN, OFTEN OFFERING NO BIGGER SOLUTION BEYOND THE SENSIBILITY OF MODERATION.(4) THE SHOW ONLY SEEM HAVE AN ATTACK-MODE. AGAIN, THIS SERVICEABLE, A MEANS TO AN OFTEN SUCCESSFUL COMEDIC END. AND AGAIN, MANY TIMES THE MESSAGES RESONATE AND POINT OUT SOMETHING THAT REALLY NEEDED OBSERVANCE.

IT JUST ULTIMATELY, HULK BELIEVE A SHOW HAVE BE MORE ABOUT SOMETHING THAN OUTWARD RESONANCE.

HULK NOT SAYING THEY HAVE HAVE SOME WHOLESOME BOY-SCOUT RAH-RAH MESSAGE. NOT AT ALL. BUT YOU HAVE THINK OF A SHOW LIKE A PERSON. THIS SOUND ODD, BUT VIEWERS, WHETHER AWARE OR NOT, TREAT SHOWS LIKE PEOPLE. THEY INVITE SHOWS INTO LIVING ROOM. SPEND TIME WITH THEM. IT ACTUAL RELATIONSHIP. AND UNLESS THERE SOMETHING TO THEM, AN INNATE KINDNESS OR GENEROSITY, AN INCLUSIVENESS, OR EVEN SELF-EFFACING HUMANISM, THEN THE RELATIONSHIP INHERENTLY LIMITED. THEN THE SHOW NOTHING MORE THAN THAT HILARIOUS GUY YOU CAN’T STAND ACTUALLY BEING AROUND.

IN FACT, THE ONLY WAY BE “INCLUDED” IN SOUTH PARK, TO COMMISERATE ABOUT SOMETHING YOU BOTH HATE. WHICH MEAN IT BREED COMMISERATING ONLY VIA SEPARATION FROM OTHERS. SIMPLY PUT, SOUTH PARK KINDA A HORRIBLE HUMAN BEING.

WHICH ODD CAUSE HULK PRETTY SURE THAT NOT WHO MATT + TREY ACTUALLY ARE. LIBERTARIAN POLITICS ASIDE, IN INTERVIEWS THE TWO OF THEM VERY FRIENDLY AND GROUNDED. HULK EVEN MET MATT STONE A FEW TIMES AND COULD NOT BE NICER. THIS ACTUALLY MARGINAL EVIDENCE. WHAT FAR MORE TELLING = THAT IN THESE SAME INTERVIEWS THEY ALWAYS INSIST THEY SORT OF FIND “TOPIC OF WEEK” TO BE BOTHER AND THERE FAVORITE PARTS OF EPISODES WHERE KIDS JUST BEING KIDS OR WHEN THEY CAN JUST GO NUTS WITH THEIR OWN FUNNY STORY (IMAGINATIONLAND, THE TRAPPER KEEPER, ETC.). THESE OCCASIONAL FLOURISHES TEND TOUCH ON THESE MORE HUMAN, INCLUSIVE, INTIMATE MOMENTS. THEY NOT SAPPY. JUST MOMENTS WHERE THE LAUGHTER COME FROM RELATING INSTEAD INSTEAD OF MOCKING. HULK FIND THESE MOMENTS VERY TELLING, SOMETHING BUBBLING UNDER SURFACE, BUT THEY JUST SEEM TOO AFRAID MAKE IT HAPPEN IN LARGER CONTEXT. SOUTH PARK HAD BECOME DEFINED BY THE PUNK ROCK OR CRITIQUING SENSIBILITY, SO HULK FIGURE THEY MOSTLY COME DANCE WITH THE GIRL THEY BROUGHT. BUT IT ALWAYS IN THEM. TO DO SOMETHING BETTER. TO DO SOMETHING WE BARELY SEEN BEFORE.

LAST WEEK’S EPISODE FINALLY STRUCK OUT IN NEW DIRECTION.

AND THAT DIRECTION TWEEN WAVE!

AND HULK THINK THAT BASED ON HOW LONG THEY BEEN DOING THE UNSENTIMENTAL GAME (15 SEASONS) THE EARNED THE SHIT OUT OF THE RIGHT TO.  HULK ACTUALLY FOUND KYLE AND CARTMAN GLANCING AT EACH OTHER PLAYING VIDEO GAMES TO BE MAYBE THE MOST CATHARTIC MOMENT IN SERIES. AND THERE NO SHOW THAT COULD THAT COULD HAVE PULLED OFF “LANDSLIDE” ENDING MONTAGE THIS DAY AND AGE WITHOUT ROLLING EYES, BUT SOUTH PARK CAN. BECAUSE THEY BOTH CLEARLY MOCKING IT AND YET, FOR ONE OF FIRST TIMES, MEANING IT FOR REAL.

AND NOW MAYBE SOUTH PARK CAN BECOME A TRULY GREAT SHOW INSTEAD OF JUST VERY FUNNY, SMART ONE. IF RANDY’S SEEMING REMOVAL, MEANS A SHIFTING FOCUS TO COMING OF AGE SHOW THEN HULK ON BOARD FOR FUTURE. NO MATTER WHAT IT WILL STILL BE SOUTH PARK FOR SURE, THAT UNDENIABLE. IT JUST DEPEND IF MATT AND TREY REALLY EMBRACE WHERE THEY AT.

EVEN SOUTH PARK HAS TO GROW THE FUCK UP.

STILL. THERE  A CHANCE THAT NEXT SEASON COME AND TREY AND MATT SET EVERYTHING SQUARE AGAIN AND IT OFF ON THE WEEKLY ADVENTURES OF “WHAT TREND IDIOTIC NOW?” HULK WOULD NO BLAME THEM ENTIRELY.

THAT CAUSE THEY LIKELY HAVE WORRY ABOUT HOW THE CHURCH OF SOUTH PARK WILL REACT.

“THE CHURCH OF SOUTH PARK” AS HULK CALL IT = ONE OF THE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES OF THE SHOW’S APPEAL TO MIDDLE OF THE ROAD PRAGMATISM. IN ADDRESSING THE SHOW WAY THEY DID, IT BECAME RALLYING POINT FOR NOT JUST THE LIBERTARIAN MINDED, BUT THOSE FOLK WHO DID NOT REALIZE THEY COULD BE LIBERTARIAN MINDED (READ: MARGINALLY DISILLUSIONED WITH CURRENT STATE OF THINGS OR SIMPLY NOT INTERESTED). AS RESULT A STEADY AUDIENCE GREW THAT TAUGHT RELY ON SOUTH PARK TEACHING THEM NEW IDEALS… NEW IDEALS TERRIBLE OF PUTTING IT… IT JUST TEACH THEM NOT TO EMBRACE SOMETHING STUPID. GOING WITH THAT, IF THE SHOW ALREADY REFLECT SIMILAR IDEALS TO YOUR OWN, THEN THE SHOWS WEEK-TO-WEEK SKEWERING OFTEN TACKLE SUBJECT VIEWER NEVER THOUGHT ABOUT MUCH BEFORE. AND SINCE THEY TEND AGREE WITH SOUTH PARK’S TAKE MOST OF TIME, THEN THEY INCLINED TO AGREE WITH THIS TAKE ON THE OTHER THING.

IT CALLED "ASSOCIATIVE POLITICS" ... OR JUST BEING INFLUENTIAL. AND IT A PRODUCT OF JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING

BUT THE SHOW’S IDENTITY SO CENTERED AROUND SELF-RELIANCE THAT HULK GUESS THAT TREY + MATT COULD HARDLY IMAGINE HAVING SUCH INFLUENTIAL EFFECT, BUT IT UNQUESTIONABLY CAPTIAL-T-TRUE. HULK WATCH IT ALL THE TIME. THE SHOW, AS RALLYING POINT FOR SELF-RELIANCE, UNWITTINGLY CREATE JUST ANOTHER GROUP THAT THINK THEY SELF-RELIANT TYPES. AND THUS, THEY LOOK OUTWARDLY AND MOCK. AND IN THAT GROUP, SOUTH PARK HAVE THE BIGGEST SOAPBOX BY FAR. IT ONE OF THOSE PARADOXES ESPECIALLY FOR SHOW WITH PUNK ROCK SENSIBILITIES. BUT THAT WHAT HAPPENED (AND IT NO COINCIDENCE THAT IT HAPPEN WITH PUNK ROCK TOO).

AND THIS WHERE THE TRUE COMPLICATION COME IN. SINCE ALL THEY STOOD FOR = RIDICULING SOMETHING WEEK TO WEEK, THAT MAKE THE SHOW NOT JUST A PERSONIFIED CYNICAL ASSHOLE, BUT IT UNINTENTIONALLY PREACHED BECOMING A CYNICAL ASSHOLE TOO.

OKAY, THIS SORT OF OVERSTATING THINGS. HULK NOT THINK EVERYONE WATCHING SOUTH PARK = CYNICAL ASSHOLES. THAT INSIPID (AND HULK WATCH SOUTH PARK TOO SO COME ON). NOR HULK IMPLYING THAT THERE SOMETHING STUPID ABOUT FOLKS TAKING LOT OF SOUTH PARK TAKES ON SUBJECTS TO HEART. MOST WHO DO OFTEN FAIRLY MEASURED PEOPLE.

IT JUST HULK BELIEVE WE DEFINED BY WHAT WE ACTUALLY EMBRACE IN THIS WORLD. LIKE THE THINGS WE LOVE. HULK LOVE MOVIES. YOU MAY LOVE SOMETHING ELSE: TEACHING, POTTERY, ART, MUSIC, BEER-BREWING, SPORTS, WHATEVER. THE KEY TO ENJOYING IT THAT YOU HAVE EMBRACE IT. EMBRACING THINGS WHAT PUT GOOD STUFF IN THE WORLD. AND SOUTH PARK ENDORSE A CULTURE THAT TERRIFIED TO EMBRACE ANYTHING. ONLY ONE THAT ENDORSE BEING CRITICAL OF PERCEIVED EXCESS.

ASIDE FROM LAUGHTER (WHICH BEYOND VALUABLE AND TOTALLY MERITORIOUS) THE ONLY THING SOUTH PARK VIEWERS CAN ACTUALLY EMBRACE = SOUTH PARK.

WHICH GOOD FOR BUSINESS... THANK GOD THEY NOT INTO SIMPSONS LEVEL MERCHANDISING... UGH.

AND THAT THE PART HULK NOT SURE MATT + TREY ENTIRELY REALIZED YET: THEIR ROLE IN  CREATING THE CYNICAL ASSHOLE EPIDEMIC THEY A) SKEWERING AND B) REALIZING PART OF THEIR SELF-PERPETUATING PROBLEM.

THIS ALL SPEAK TO LARGER ISSUE TOO. HULK HATE GET POLITICAL IN THESE THINGS, BUT HERE IT SORT OF QUALIFIED BECAUSE IT DIRECTLY RELATED TO SUBJECT. THE PROBLEMS WITH LIBERTARIANISM INTRINSIC TO WHAT OUTLINED ABOVE. MAINLY, THAT THE ABSENCE OF SYSTEM IS NOT A SYSTEM. WORSE, ABANDONING STRONG SYSTEMS LEAD TO VACUUMS WHICH ALWAYS CREATE WORSE SYSTEMS.

THE GENERIC HISTORY OF THE LIBERTARIAN INCLINATION GO LIKE THIS: A LONG, LONG TIME AGO PEOPLE REALIZED THAT BY FORMING GROUPS THEY HAD STRONGER CHANCES SURVIVE, THRIVE, AND BE CONTENT (BIOLOGICAL IMPERATIVES TO MATE WITH NON-FAMILY MEMBERS HELPED TOO). THESE GROUPS CREATE COMMUNITIES, ONES THAT REALIZED THEY NEEDED PALPABLE SYSTEMS OF ORDER SO THAT RISE ABOVE ANARCHY. EVENTUALLY THESE SYSTEMS BECAME “LAWS” AND “GOVERNMENT.” EVEN IN MOST RUDIMENTARY STATE, THESE SYSTEMS BY VERY NATURE, DEEPLY FLAWED. THUS BORE THE LIBERTARIAN NOTION, WHICH, LOGICALLY, SEEKS TO LIMIT THE POWER OF THIS FLAWED SYSTEM. THE PROBLEM THAT THEY SOMEONE FORGETTING THE INCREDIBLE NEED THAT DEVELOP THESE SYSTEMS IN FIRST PLACE. SINCE SUMERIAN TIMES THIS DYNAMIC EXISTED (READ: IT NOT A NEW PROBLEM). THE INHERENT COMPLICATION COME FROM FACT THAT STRICT ADHERENCE TO THE LIBERTARIAN VALUE PRODUCE A REALITY THAT FAR WORSE. EVERY TIME WE SEEK TO LIMIT THE AFFECT OF SYSTEMIC COMMUNITY SERVICES, WE ESSENTIALLY ADVOCATING A MOVE BACK TOWARD ANARCHIC SQUALOR. AND IF THERE’S ANYTHING THAT ANARCHIC SQUALOR BREEDS IT’S DESPERATION. AND IF THERE ANYTHING DESPERATION BREEDS IT’S OPPORTUNISM. AND OPPORTUNISM BREEDS OPPRESSION (HULK GOING ALL YODA ON YOU) .ONLY THIS OPPRESSION FREE FROM GOVERNMENT INSTEAD OF BEING OF THE GOVERNMENT (WHICH HAVE CHECKS, BALANCES, PRESS, AND GENERAL ACCOUNTABILITY). IT A BIT OF A PARADOX BUT IT MAKE SENSE. BY ADVOCATING POLITICAL LIBERTARIANISM, THEY NO REALIZE IT ACTUALLY AN EXTREME POSITION.

PUT IT THIS WAY: FOR SOUTH PARK, FOR A SHOW ABOUT “BALANCE” THEY DO NOT REALIZE THEY ACTUALLY ON THE EXTREME END WITH THE OPPOSING SIDE BEING TOTALITARIANISM.

THE ABSENCE OF A SYSTEM IS NOT A SYSTEM.

JUST LIKE SAYING THINGS THAT IF ONLY TEARING TRENDS DOWN MAKE YOU A CYNICAL ASSHOLE, CREATING A POLITICAL SYSTEM THAT ONLY TEAR SERVICES DOWN IN NAME OF “RIGHT TO INDEPENDENCE” = EQUALLY HORRIBLE.

AND BORN FROM THIS ABSOLUTE DESIRE TO ABSTAIN FROM EMBRACING TRENDS, HULK CANNOT COUNT THE AMOUNT OF TIMES THE SHOW HAVE CREATED POINTS THAT MEANT AS “MEDIATED,” BUT THEY ACTUALLY ADVOCATING SOMETHING HORRIBLE: PROVERBIAL ANARCHIC SQUALOR. IN EFFORT TO SKEWER THE HYSTERIA, FERVOR, OR EVEN PASSION OF SUBJECT, THEY ALWAYS SKEWER THE CONTENT OF MESSAGE REGARDLESS. AND SOMETIMES THEY SHITTING ON SOMETHING COMPLETELY AND TOTALLY VALID. AND IT NO LIKE THESE JUST SHOWS THAT HULK DISAGREE WITH. IT THE CASE WHERE THEIR MEASURED “CENTEREDNESS” ACTUALLY ADVOCATING AN EXTREME.

EXAMPLES:

-BLOOY MARY

A.K.A. THE STUNNINGLY MISGUIDED SHOW THAT CRITICIZED ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS FOR ITS DISEASE CONCEPT AND RELIGIOUS OVERTONES.  IT LAMPOONED THE IDEA OF SUBMITTING ONES PROBLEMS TO SOMETHING STRONGER THAN THEMSELVES. AFTER ALL, THE ONLY ALCOHOLICS NEED IS A LITTLE FUCKING DISCIPLINE. SERIOUSLY. THAT THEIR TAKE…. HULK SEE WHY THEY WENT AFTER THIS AS A.A. MESSAGE SEEM LIKE STARK ATTACK ON THE SANCTITY OF INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY (A FOCUL-POINT TO THE LIBERTARIAN IDEAL). WHAT IT COMPLETELY MISS THAT VAST MAJORITY OF ALCOHOLICS PEOPLE WHO SIMPLY NO HAVE THE CAPACITY FOR DISCIPLINE. THIS LACK STEM FROM HOST OF OTHER FACTORS AND SINCE ALCOHOL HAVE LITERAL DRUG EFFECTS, THEY SIMPLY ARE FIGHTING SOMETHING BIGGER THAN THEMSELVES. SO FOR THEM, DISPLINE HAS TO BE IN FORM OF ABSOLUTION. AND THAT PARADOX DOES NOT COMPUTE WITH SOUTH PARK’S SENSE OF MEDIATION. ALCOHOL MEDIATION WORK THEM AND IT WORK FOR HULK. BUT NOT FOR EVERYONE. A LITTLE ABSOLUTION SAVE A.A. MEMBER’S LIVES.

-DOUCHE AND TURD

AN ON-THE-NOSE METAPHOR FOR THE 2004 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION. IT MAKE FUN ANYONE WHO THINK THERE ACTUALLY A DIFFERENCE IN TWO HORRIBLE CANDIDATES. NOW IGNORING POLITICAL INCLINATION ONE WAY OR OTHER, IF THE PRESUMED PROBLEM THAT THEY EQUALLY BAD AND ONE NOT SIMPLY AGREEING/DISAGREEING WITH CONSERVATISM, THEN HULK THINK IF FAIR SAY EVERYONE NOW REALIZE THAT ONE OF THEM WAY, WAY WORSE.(3A)

-TWO DAYS BEFORE THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW

IT LARGELY JUST MAKES FUN OF THE POST-KATRINA HYSTERIA. LEST HULK REMIND ALL THAT PEOPLE BEING HYSTERIC CAUSE AN AMERICAN CITY JUST DESTROYED. AND THAT MAY ACTUALLY BE SOMEWHAT PRUDENT RESPONSE. AND HONESTLY BLAMING THE GOVERNMENT FOR A LOT OF PROBLEMS IN THIS CASE ACTUALLY REALLY, REALLY VALID. BUT HULK’S BIGGEST PROBLEM WITH THE EP THAT THEIR GENERAL RESPONSE TO GLOBAL WARMING HOOPLAH INADVERTENTLY INDICATING THAT GLOBAL WARMING A COMPLETELY MADE-UP PROBLEM. SURE, THE GOAL FOR THIS EPISODE AIMED AT ENCOURAGING BEING MEASURED MEDIATION, BUT ALL THE TOPICS SKEWEREDNOT ACTUALLY CALLED FOR IT… WHATSOEVER AND HULK NOT GOING GET INTO IT HERE, BUT GLOBAL WARMING PRETTY FREAKING VALID (AT THE END FOOTNOTE #2).

-MANBEARPIG

AGAIN. TREY + MATT TREAT ANYTHING POLITICAL AS NOTHING MORE THAN RAH-RAH INCLINATION ONE WAY OR OTHER. HULK HAVE PROBLEM WITH THIS BECAUSE THEY NO SEEM TELL DIFFERENCE THE ASININE NATURE OF POLITICS AND AN ISSUE THAT JUST BECOME POLITICIZED. THERE SUBSTANTIAL DIFFERENCE. AND FAILURE TO RECOGNIZE THIS MAKE THEM NOTHING MORE THEN FLIPPANT. IN THIS EPISODE THEY LAMBAST A SCIENTIFICALLY VALID REALITY AS NOTHING MORE THAN ATTENTION WHORING ON PART OF FORMER CANDIDATE… AGAIN THEY JUST TRYING MAKE FUN OF HYSTERIA AND AL GORE’S BEHAVIOR, BUT THEY GO FURTHER THAN THAT AND SKEWER, YOU KNOW, SCIENTIFICALLY ACCURATE STUFF. IT REALLY DANGEROUS. ESPECIALLY SINCE THE CHURCH OF SOUTH PARK TEND LEGIT FOLLOW THE CREDENCE AND LIKELY AGREE. IF TREY + MATT THINK HULK JUST GOING OVERBOARD AND THEIR SHOW TOO ABSURD BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY, THEY NO REALIZE THAT MANBEARPIG HUGELY COMMON REFERENCE IN THE “DENIALOSPHERE.”

-201

THIS ONE INTERESTING BECAUSE IT ENDED UP SPURRING SOME PRETTY SERIOUS FREE SPEECH DISCUSSION AS FALLOUT. COMEDY CENTRAL HEAVILY CENSORED EPISODE DUE TO ITS FLIRTATIONS WITH SHOWING A DRAWN DEPICTION OF THE PROFIT MOHAMMAD (WHICH THE QURAN FORBID) . IT SPARKED OUTRAGE FROM BOTH SIDES (AND FAIR AMOUNT OF SHRUGGING) AND SPURRED ON  “EVERYBODY DRAW MOHAMMAD DAY.”

THIS SORT OF VERY TRICKY CONVERSATION AND HULK WANT BE SURE HULK EXPRESS CONCERNS ABOUT THIS ISSUE VERY CAREFULLY + CLEARLY.

1) YES. HULK TOO FIND IT THE IDEA THAT ONE CAN NO SIMPLY DRAW IMAGE OF THE PROPHET MOHAMMAD TO BE THE ABSOLUTE WRONG KIND OF THINKING. IT WHOLLY BACKWARD AND DOGMATIC. BUT:

2) COMEDY CENTRAL A BUSINESS WHO AIR THEIR SHOW SO IT 100% WITHIN THEIR RIGHT TO CENSOR OR NOT AIR ANYTHING THEY FEEL REFLECT POORLY ON THEM OR EVEN PUT THEM IN DANGER. ANYONE DERIDING THEIR BEHAVIOR AS COWARDLY OR HYPOCRITICAL EQUALLY FREE IN THEIR RIGHT TO SAY SO, BUT THEY STILL PRETTY UNREALISTIC IN THEIR EXPECTATIONS OF A BUSINESS ENTITY. EVEN ONE AS GENERALLY CHILL AND EMPOWERING AS COMEDY CENTRAL.

3) WHICH MAKE THE FALLOUT AND “EVERYBODY DRAW MOHAMMAD DAY” BASICALLY AN EXERCISE IN PURSUIT OF LIBERTARIAN FREEDOM: FREE SPEECH FOR THE SAKE OF FREE SPEECH… IN ALL HONESTY HULK NOT GET THIS AS MOTIVATION. IT HAPHAZARDLY RENDER THE ACTIONS INHERENTLY MEANINGLESS. THE WORDS HAVE MEAN SOMETHING.

4) TO PROVE SUBJECTIVE NATURE OF THIS AND HOW WORDS FAR, FAR MORE IMPORTANT, HULK GOING ENGAGE IN THOUGHT EXPERIEMENT. THERE PART OF AMERICAN NEO-JUDEO-CHRISTIAN MIND THAT VERY MUCH SEE THIS EPISODE AND “EVERYBODY DRAW MOHAMMAD DAY” AS EXCERSIZING FREE SPEECH (AND PARTLY IN THE NAME OF COMEDY AND AS CRITICISM OF DOGMA). BUT WHAT HAPPENS WHEN CHANGE LENS? WHAT HAPPEN IF, SAY, HULK STOOD UP AND IN NAME OF PRACTICING FREE SPEECH STARTED SHOUTING “KILL THE FUCKING NIGGER CUNTS!” … NOW. OBVIOUSLY THESE WORDS DISGUSTING. THERE PART OF HULK THAT CAN NO EVEN BELIEVE HULK JUST WROTE THEM, BUT HULK WENT TO THAT EXTREME TO PROVE POINT. YOU THINK TWICE ABOUT THIS. BUT IF IT THE SAME EXERCIZE IN “FREE SPEECH” WHY NO SAY IT? CAUSE IT NOT SOMETHING YOU BELIEVE? SINCE THOSE WORDS HAVE DIRECT WEIGHT IN THE NEO-AMERICAN CONSCIOUSNESS IT BECOME LESS ABOUT THE EXERCISE IN FREE SPEECH AND MORE ABOUT THE MEANING INFERRED AND WHAT BEING SAID? SO COMPLETELY LOST IN “EVERYBODY DRAW MOHAMMED DAY” THAT THERE HUGE SCORES OF GENERAL PEOPLE WHO OFFENDED BY IT AND NOT JUST THE TERRORISTS WHO ACTUALLY THREATENED OVER THE WHOLE SITUATION.  PEOPLE WHO NOT GOING THREATEN AND GO NUTS (WHICH THE REAL THING TREY + MATT CRITICIZING) BUT MANY WHO JUST FOUND IT CALLOUS AND UNCALLED FOR. IT JUST MEANT AS EXERCISE IN FREE SPEECH, BUT THE WORDS ALWAYS MATTER.

5) WHICH MEAN IT WORSE CAUSE THE NATURE OF “EVERYBODY DRAW MOHAMMAD” DAY SUBTLY DECEIVING. IT ALL TIE INTO HULK’S POINT OF SOUTH PARK BEING A SUPPOSED OUTLET FOR MEDIATION BUT REALLY BEING A PLACE THAT CATER TO INADVERTENTLY ASSUMING EXTREME POSITIONS. HULK ARGUE THIS THE MOST POSSIBLE DEGREE OF “DISAFFECTED” ONE CAN BE. EXTREME AND OFFENSIVE WHEN YOU DON’T EVEN CARE OR KNOW WHY YOU CARE.  IT PART OF THE DANGER OF THE PROVERBIAL CHURCH OF SOUTH PARK. AND IT STRONGLY TIE INTO THE PROBLEMS THE SHOW FOUND IN ITSELF WITH “EVERYTHING IS SHIT.” SEE IT ALL CONNECTED! HULK NOT TOTALLY RAMBLING!

6) AND LASTLY ONT THIS DRAW MOHAMMAD FREE SPEECH THING. HULK TOTALLY UNDERSTAND THE POINT AND INCLINATION. BUT IF HULK WAS DOING IT, HULK WOULD ONLY DO IT TO MAKE A LARGE POINT ABOUT HOW HULK FELT ABOUT THE TRADITIONS OF MUSLIM CULTURE. AND THAT NOT HOW HULK FEEL ABOUT MUSLIM CULTURE WHATSOEVER. SO THERE NO REASON EFFECTIVELY EVEN IF EXERCISING A “FREEDOM”… AND BESIDES, HULK GONNA PUT THIS ONE SIMPLY: WHEN IT COME TO POSSIBLY INCITING THE WRATH OF SMALL GROUP OF PEOPLE  WHO CRAZY-ANGRY THEN EMBRACE SOME COMMON SENSE OF DIFFERENT KIND: DO NOT TAUNT THE DYNAMITE MONKEY.

GOD HULK STILL LOVE THIS MEME

AND FOR RECORD, FOR EVERY ONE OF THESE EPISODES THAT MISSTEPS THERE SOME EPISODE OF SOUTH PARK THAT SO WONDERFULLY ON POINT THAT THEY INSPIRE GENUINE DELIGHT. (5)

WHICH BRING BACK TO THE OTHER NIGHT AND “YOURE GETTING OLD.”

THE SHOW TRULY STRUCK HULK AS SOMETHING MORE THAN IT EVER BEEN. SOMETHING SO FAR AWAY FROM ALL THE PROBLEMS HULK TALK ABOUT HERE. IT FELT LIKE  A DIRECT MESSAGE TO THEMSELVES AND PERHAPS THE CHURCH OF SOUTH PARK…

EVEN SOUTH PARK HAS TO GROW THE FUCK UP.

BECAUSE THIS HOW YOU END AN ESSAY

ENDNOTES:

(1) HULK SHOULD DIVULGE THAT EVEN THOUGH HULK BEEN WATCHING SHOW SINCE INCEPTION, HULK PROBABLY CATCH ABOUT 80% OF GIVEN SEASON. FOR REASONS STATED IN BIT, IT JUST NOT APPOINTMENT TELEVISION. SO HULK JUST SORT OF CATCH UP WHEN COME AROUND NEXT DAY OR WHENEVER.

(2) PUNK ROCK MEANING ORIGINAL PUNK ROCK MANTRA, NOT THE CORPORATIZED VERSION. WHEN IT THE ANTI-ANTI. PURE INVERSIONISM.

(3) THIS SHOWCASED THROUGH THE SHOW’S FUNNIEST CHARACTER RANDY, THE FLIPPANT STOCKHOLM SYNDROME INCLINED DOOFUS, WHO WHILE BEING PERFECT FOR THE “TOPIC OF THE WEEK” SKEWERING IS, ESSENTIALLY, CHEATING… AT LEAST UNTIL LAST WEEK’S EP.

(3A) LIKE SOUTH PARK, HULK KEENLY AWARE THAT ALL POLITICAL CANDIDATES HAVE SOME FORM OF HORRIBLENESS. THERE NO OTHER REASON GET INTO POLITICS OTHER THAN DO THAT. IT JUST THAT BUSH, AS NICE AND DOWN HOME GUY AS HE WAS AND EVEN IF AGREED WITH IS POLITICS, WAS A STUNNING FAILURE OF A PRESIDENT ON EVERY OBJECTIVE LEVEL. SO SOMETIMES THERE A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DOUCHE AND TURD.

(4) MANY ARGUE SHOW JUST LIVING INCARNATION OF DEVILS ADVOCATE. BUT DEVILS ADVOCATE AT ITS BEST IT CAN ONLY BE A TOOL TO CREATE REFLECTION. IT NOT A LIFESTYLE.

(5) TO PROVE HULK NOT JUST RAGGING ON SHOW, HULK GOING SHARE FAVORITE EPISODES THAT HULK THINK WORK BEAUTIFULLY:: 1. GOOD TIMES WITH WEAPONS 2. CHRISTIAN ROCK HARD 3. MAKE LOVE, NOT WARCRAFT 4. THE IMAGINATIONLAND TRILOGY (AGAIN, HULK LOVE WHEN THEY EMBRACE THE BATSHIT NONSEQUITERS) 5. CARTMAN SUCKS 6. AWESOM-O (IF ONLY FOR THE ADAM SANDLER PITCHES) 7. THE PURITY RING (SELL SEX TO LITTLE GIRLS) 8. 4TH GRADE (WHICH THE ONLY OTHER EPISODE IN SERIES TO ATTEMPT TO COVER RESONANCE OF CHANGE) AND WHOLE BUNCH OF OTHERS.

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