And Comedy Central's censors offer no resistance. In a refreshing change (or perhaps more of the same) for our culture, Wednesday night's debut episode of the 11th season of South Park featured a nonstop array of profanities that generated no publicity in the form of angry letter-writing campaigns or Republican congressmen outrage. It's possible that the venerable program has spent too long in the public consciousness to ever generate any kind of controversy (and related ratings increase) anymore, and it's possible that the hypocritical religious wingnuts trying to control our speech only selectively flip out anymore (such as in response to a MoveOn.org ad) or perhaps they've just given up after realizing their outrage over Janet Jackson's nipple was one of the low points in American cultural debate in history, but whatever the reason, they are not angry about an episode that would have sparked huge protests just a few years ago. And that's a good thing. As for the episode itself? Fucking hilarious.
Cartman: "Piss out your ass onto Kyle's mom's fat fucking Jew face. Oh, excuse me. That was a bad one."
Cartman "gets" Tourette's syndrome after running into a kid at a toy store with the disorder who is cursing without repercussions and decides to fake his own bout with the illness to his own advantage. What follows is a pretty funny series of scenes showing Cartman using every profanity imaginable and Comedy Central not bleeping any word other than "fuck." I know they had an episode a couple years ago in which they tested the limits of Standards & Practices, and this is in a similar vein, but there are some crazy original curse words flying here.
Cartman (in class): "Spooge. Balls. Bloody vagina belch."
Cartman (passing a red-headed kid in the halls): "Ginger retard. Asslicker dickface."
Of course, due to his "syndrome", he is exempt from punishment, not only from his clueless mother, but also from school officials.
Cartman: "Good morning, Principal Victoria. Shit balls."
Principal: "Good morning, Eric."
Kyle: "Did Cartman just say 'shit balls' to the principal?"
Kyle quickly is on to Eric's scheme (Stan and Kenny are strangely absent from the episode) and Cartman tries to convince Kyle to let him have his fun for once ("If you want to be Sergeant Buzzkill again, Kyle...") But Kyle soon finds himself reaching the breaking point.
Cartman: "I'd give anything to be normal like you, kike."
Kyle: "Don't push me asshole."
Mrs. Garrison: "Kyle, watch your language."
Kyle's parents get called in since he is clearly not being sensitive in his accusations that Cartman is faking it, and Cartman greets them warmly.
Cartman: "...that you're standing here with your father and your lovely mother. Fat jew. Jew bitch."
Kyle's mom: "Thank you, Eric."
Cartman: "No, thank you, big nose kike."
That was just wrong. I don't approve of that at all. But Kyle is forced to attend a support group for Tourette's sufferers, and sees that they all don't just curse unnecessarily. They each have their own tics, although the adult has a weird tendency of repeating "piss out your ass" over and over again. Which is pretty funny, especially when he's screaming.
Eventually, Chris Hanson of Dateline NBC's child predator series gets brought into the episode (only to be skewered by the program), as he intends to interview Eric live on television to shed light on the Tourette's affliction. Cartman is excited about the opportunity to curse on national TV, but his ability to speak without using any filters is not turning out as well as he'd hoped, such as when he blurts out that he and his cousin touched "wieners" one time to Butters in the bathroom. In the meantime, Kyle is attempting to thwart his national TV spot by getting one of the real Tourette's kids to stand outside Chris Hanson's studio and lure child molesters inside with lurid Tourette's speech that gets the men excited ("Shit. Cock. Balls.") The men go inside, see Chris Hanson and one by one start shooting themselves (like the real-life incident that Dateline is being sued for).
Hanson: "Not again."
Another great episode of South Park, admittedly juvenile, but undeniably funny. Even in their eleventh season, they refuse to mail it in.