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'South Park' Enlists Jesus To 'Free Pussy Riot,' Stand Up To Belarus's Tanks

A screen grab from the "South Park" episode "A Scause for Applause"
A screen grab from the "South Park" episode "A Scause for Applause"
In their inimitably double-edged style, the creators of "South Park" have added Jesus Christ to the list of those urging Russian authorities to free the jailed members of punk performance collective Pussy Riot.

They also turned their lens on the hardships of "Belarusian farmers" at odds with a bloodthirsty government.

In an episode from Trey Parker and Matt Stone's fictional American town that takes aim at disgraced U.S. cyclist Lance Armstrong, religion, and America's appetite for good causes, the Son of God flashes a T-shirt with "Free Pussy Riot" written across it before shouting the same to followers.

It's the culmination of a scene in which a juiced-up Christ lays waste to a Dr. Seuss-inspired "Scauses" factory, to the delight of South Park's assembled residents.

The Christ character then delivers a sermon on a South Park mount:

"Thank you, my children, we've all been through a lot. We got caught up in scauses that didn't mean squat. They turned my message away from the meanings it hid, and made it about me and the things that I did -- which of course I didn't do.... So what have we learned from this great wristband theft? Maybe that when stripped of our scauses, only causes are left. And causes shouldn't be worn on our wrists with a sneer.

"Let's keep our causes where they belong, which is right here," the character preaches, gesturing piously over his heart before peeling back his robe and adding,"...on T-shirts. Free Pussy Riot!"

Two Pussy Riot members are currently serving two-year sentences in penal colonies over a videotaped anti-Putin and anti-patriarch protest in a Moscow Orthodox cathedral.

There has been considerable public criticism of the "hooliganism" verdict among Russian rights defenders and critics of President Vladimir Putin, who say the sentences are unduly harsh.

Even Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has suggested that punishing the two young women further is not "constructive."

Pussy Riot was recently short-listed for the EU's prestigious Sakharov Prize for rights activism and free thought, and Western entertainers including Madonna, Faith No More, Franz Ferdinand, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers have pleaded with Moscow to "free Pussy Riot."

The latest "South Park" episode, "A Scause for Applause," aired on October 31 and is available on the animated, profanity-soaked show's website.

It doesn't stop at Russian autocratic excess, either. The episode's hero, Stan, is also mistakenly enlisted into standing up for beleaguered Belarusian farmers.

"Whatever it takes, Butters," the fourth-grader tells a classmate. "People [now] are aware of the problems in Belarus -- maybe I did it all on purpose or maybe it was just a coincidence."

With South Parkers scrambling to adopt new causes de jour at a Sneetch-like pace, a newscaster deadpans: "It has become the biggest concern for most people: the farmers of Belarus and their plight against their government. And now one person is taking it upon himself to end the crisis. His name: Jesus."

Cut to Christ being interviewed with a band of farmers, a line of tanks, and a distinctly Eastern European hamlet in the background.

"These are very troubling times and these farmers are literally fighting for their lives," he says, adding that after talking to the government and farmers, "I think we have everything just about worked out."

At that point the tanks open fire on the unarmed protesters, then rumble over them and out of the frame, leaving a flummoxed Jesus.

To borrow a line from the most cynical of South Park's fourth-graders, Cartman: "Dark times, Bro, dark times."

-- Andy Heil
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
November 02, 2012 09:30
"'South Park' Enlists Jesus To 'Free Pussy Riot,' Stand Up To Belarus's Tanks". The south park guys are damn right: given that there is no hope that Hillary will achieve any of the above (I mean, like she managed to achieve anything at all in the last 4 years), Jesus is apparently the only hope that still remains for the Pussy Riot girls and their friends in Belarus :-)).
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by: Camel Anaturk from: Kurdistan
November 02, 2012 16:15
Forget about the South Parkers and their cheap jokes they cant compare with EU genie form Southern Vienna or Jack from Eastern Lubyanka,not to mention Con.stained teen from the city of Angels and last but not least Vakhtang dudu from moss cow.And yes,dear bros and sis and lgbts too,the times are really very very dark,no light at the end of the tunnel,or if there is any its just a train coming our way.There is no hope for our future -they wont let us sing and dance and strip and do our hanky-panky in churches-thats a bloody violation of our basic human rights and freedom of expression!!! I say bring down all churches and build turkish baths instead-thats what all the world needs today-and if them russians dont do it then we should NATO and mossad help `em,so onward christian soldier,marching off to war,with the help of Jesus we shall do it all.Jesus was a WASP zionist,ya know and its Dieu et mon droit!!! Amen!!!
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by: William from: Aragon
November 02, 2012 21:50
How does one respond to that level of "informed commentary", Eugenio? There is wisdom in no reply.
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by: Camel Anaturk from: Kurdistan
November 03, 2012 13:56
My comments are not for EU genio-Jack types ,dear Willy-nilly!!! Silence is golden but they dont give Schnappes away for free,so Eugenio`s gotta do what he`s gotta do.Same thing is true for you too,but I guess his silence is due to an overdose of pokhmelin-hangover cure pills!!! See ya all at the slave market east of south lubyanka!!!

by: Alex from: LA
November 03, 2012 01:44
Let's allow commenting on last episode of South Park, very important. and not on this "UN Says Syrian Killings On Video Appear To Be War Crime." and the use word appear, is so cleverly picked. I wonder what word would of been used if the roles on the video were reversed. FREE SYRIA ARMY are terrorist from all over the world who are muslim, fighting to bring Saudi's into power and split the country up between other nation in pretense of BS freedom and right as the justification. Where is the stories of Armenians and other Christians being kidnapped by this terrorist and bargained with. Is that counter productive for the illegal, indirect wars that they are waging against a regime that is perfect or any good, but there is a process of democracy and not just guns in terrorists hands and shouts of democracy, doesn't make that a democratic process. RFE/RL should be shut down. And why is there a section for Turkey, last time i checked there is no freedom of expression there (by policy) but yet its a democracy on the books. The kurds there are called terrorist but not freedom fighters , OR Free Kurdish Army, how about that RFE/RL and rest of the propaganda machine that's not just this site. Syrians are lucky there are no Jews being kidnapped or else US will go to hell for me to get them freed, cause it seems my nation is being run by Jewish and Wahhabi Muslim interest.

by: Vakhtang from: Moscow
November 03, 2012 09:15
That is why the deputies in Russia trying to ban many cartoons for children.Now these sick people are discussing a ban on the Scorsese film...
Putin is silent, and that means he approves of insane acts Deputies- schizophrenics..
All this is reminiscent of the Stalin era when only Dzhugashvili could decide what to show the slaves and what is not..

A New Russia's trend-Putin is the enemy of animation and world cinema.

Another big problem,that on Radio Liberty from caves of Kurdistan again arrived camel who apparently overeaten Alhagi (camel-thorn..who do not know) so his comments are more suitable for his friends Abkhaz criminals but not for normal people on Radio Liberty....
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by: Camel Anaturk from: Kurdistan
November 03, 2012 13:49
Aaah,dearest Vakhtang dudu,do I detect criticism of the greatest georgian ever lived?Terribly bad we dont have men of iron today-just Vakhtang and Con stained teen type caricatures,but we still have slaves in mosscow-Vakh-ta-vahtang,my georgian lion,was it you that lured the poor kazakh women in your fave city to make `em slaves???.And will the georgian authorities recognize your mosscow lubyanka ID passport???Long live free Adjaria and South Ossetia and Abkhazia!!!

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