By Bill Brownstein, The Montreal Gazette |
They’ve tried to warn people from the beginning. They come clean with a disclaimer at the start of their show: “All characters and events in this show – even those based on real people – are entirely fictional. All celebrity voices are impersonated … poorly. The following program contains coarse language and due to its content it should not be viewed by anyone.”
The warning hasn’t worked. While Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s South Park prides itself on matters both juvenile and scatological and doesn’t necessarily break new ground on the animation front with its seemingly primitive geometric drawings, there are clearly enough fans out there who live to see the famous and the pompous get lampooned by foul-mouthed, pre-pubescent grade-schoolers like Cartman, Kyle et al.
And they have skewered them all, from North Korea’s tiny-terror despot Kim Jong Il to the swingin’ Tiger Woods. (And who can forget the indignities our home and native land had to endure when the boys unleashed the tune Blame Canada in their feature-length musical ‘toon South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut?) Since making its debut in 1997, South Park has become the highest-rated and longest-running program on Comedy Central in the United States – from which Canada’s Comedy Network gets its feed. South Park is also the most irreverent show on the tube, animated or otherwise.