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Far be it for me to be a profound social critic but the brouhaha over the censoring of Southpark’s depiction of Mohammed reminds me of the musical Cabaret.
A central progression in Cabaret is the audience transforming from enjoying the subversive cultural progressivism to its jolly enjoying the triumph of Nazism.
Southpark has led in revealing the inanities and contradictions of almost everything.Yet, it became too much for Comedy Central to allow Southpark to depict Mohammed and Comedy Central also censored Southpark's defiance of self-censorship to avoid the wrath of ideologic gangsters.
Comedy Central features the funniest and the most vile forms of comedy, never before to my knowledge censoring itself in targeting or revealing cultural inanities and contradictions or denigrating cultural pieties.
Yet, now Comedy Central reveals itself in allowing the takeover of its Cabaret by thugs, becoming itself complicit.
Comedy Central reveals itself as enjoying the profits of decadence until its lack of spine collapses upon itself. Comedy Central transforms from the presenter of any irreverence to become the channel of self-imposed cultural decadence that refuses to resist and indeed joins in capitulation to thugs.
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Yes, It is cowardly. Hide behind your millions of dollars in your quaint California homes, and suck up to the cowardly veiled threats of fundamentalist extremists! Stand up! Get a backbone. Use your right to free speech! I am out there now. I am not ashamed or cowardly! It feelsw good~!
I don't know if this is an act of cowardice as much as it is political correctness run amuck.
It is my firm belief that Western Society has lost the will to confront, admonish and/or require those of different cultures adapt, or adopt, our way of life - freedom of expression being paramount and a central tenant of who and what we are as modern societies. This is just another example of how outside societies force their cultural and social precepts on ours and we willingly, it seems, lie down and take the kick in the head - "Thank you Sir, can I have another" seems to be the mantra of the day.
Frankly, as a 63 year old White Catholic Male who worked hard to get where I am, I'm tired of being on the wrong side of political correctness all the time. My core values of honor, loyalty, compassion towards the more unfortunate of us being challenged as misguided, inappropriate, incorrect, mistaken and/or unreasonable - not to mention racist, xenophobic, etc.
God, Christ and other Western conventions and values are fair game for satire from a corporate standpoint, but Mohammed, Islam and the strict social morality of same is not seems not only illogical, but foolish.
Think about this - politicians in France have more guts when it comes to confronting issues like this that American corporate morons have. That's just wrong - flat out wrong.
I only watch Comedy Channel because they show "Futurama" which is my all time favorite animated show and they did commission another 22 new episodes after the short lived run on FOX - I occasionally watch "Southpark" when the mood strikes - which isn't often. Not my kind of humor.
Guess the only thing to do is personally boycott Comedy Channel, but man - I do love "Futurama". :>)
One ingenious way to show Comedy Central, and indeed all muslim thugs, that we are not going to succumb to their censorship and bullying:
If EVERYONE dares to "draw muhhamad" and publish it, then those self-appointed censors and jihadists are going to be awfully busy trying to smite everyone on the neck, as the Koran advises.
Strike a blow for freedom of speech! Declare that you will not go willingly into dhimmi status!
The solution seems to be obvious, Tom, boycott Comedy Channel and "steal" their Futurama episodes by watching them on one of those maybe-not-entirely-legal upload internet sites (which I have heard of but of course have never seen myself) with all the commercials removed so that Comedy Channel doesn't get a dime. If you feel guilty about cheating the show's creators, send Matt Groening a check directly, or buy a Bender action figure or something.