Sunday, May 08, 2005


The South Park Generation

If you honestly want to understand young conservatives, and how they re-shape their public agenda, critisize the liberal (politically correct) left and refrain from overtly Biblical teachings about morals, then read the new book South Park Conservatives. To a large degree, the modus operandi of the young generation's conservative ideology exists in the true libertarian notion of political theory. And Trey Parker and Matt Stone have of course cashed in on this. While their show, which airs on The Comedy Central, has been a success story, it shows how young people from all over the political landscape can unite in a number of ways - by adhering to libertarian ideas and taking on liberal and moral conservative preachings. Gone are the days when conservative gay-bashing and self-aggrandizing liberal rantings about the virtue of public welfare could go by without anyone questioning the premises for such ideas. South Park doesn't avoid confrontation (or profanities for that matter) and delivers political punchlines against the lack of sincerity in politics:
Liberals (and conservatives) who oppose Wal-Mart and other big industries get squashed by their own principles,
Liberal Feminists who have double standards on sexism (advocating the end of male sexual tyrrany while at the same time lining up behind Paris Hilton) are executed.
The Animal Rights movement receives a whole episode (where the PETA people eventually are eaten and being peed on by their own animals - who they earlier have married)
The conservative gay-bashers get bombarded in the first season episode "Big Gay Al's Big Animal Gay Boat"
Social conservatives who are afraid to address issues of sexual character (while apparently having no problem watching Desperate Housewives - like Laura Bush) get a few hits in a number of episodes. For example the part when Cartman declares that the only thing you need to do to get rid of your parents is to call the police and say that you got "molesterad" (sic). Or when the true sexual nature of adults is revealed to the kids in South Park (in the episodes "Cartman's Mom is a Dirty Slut", or when chef takes up his song about his experience with women: "Sometimes a man needs to be with a woman. But sometimes when the loving is over, the woman just wants to talk and talk and talk... But a prostitute is someone who will love you no matter who you are or what you look like. But that's not why you pay a prostitute. No, you don't pay for her to stay, you pay for her to leave afterwards. [...] A prostitute is like any other woman they all charge something for sex, and they do it well."

Clearly, South Park is not for the puritans (or the alleged ditos) of any political creed among Democrats or Republicans. But neither is the next generation.

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