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South Park

South Park
also known as “Dienvidparks,” “Mestecko South Park,” “Miasteczko South Park,” “Pietu parkas,” “Trufluð Tilvera,” «Σάουθ Παρκ», «Пiвденний Парк», «Саут Парк», «Южный парк»
Primary Audience: Young-Adults
Genre: Animated Sit-Com
Rating: TV-MA
Length: 22 minutes each

This Comedy Central series centers on the bizarre misadventures of 4 irreverent and foul-mouthed grade-schoolers in and around the quiet, dysfunctional town of South Park, Colorado. The boys are Stan Marsh (a pessimistic “average, American 4th grader”), Kyle Broflovski (a young Jewish boy with a strong moral center), Eric Cartman (loud, obnoxious, amoral, foul-mouthed bully—often anti-Semitic), and Kenny McCormick (boy from an impoverished family). The show uses a very large ensemble cast of over 240 characters. Aimed at a mature audience, but often watched by teenagers, it became infamous for its profanity and dark, surreal humor that satirizes a wide range of topics.

Avoid—No doubt, this show is offensive… so be sure to keep your kids away from it. Of course, it would be a good idea to actually pay attention that the intro of the show specifically states that it is ONLY made for adults, and that kids should not under any circumstances watch. It is shown at 11:00pm or something…so your kids shouldn’t be up anyway. Only watch if you want to see what the world is coming to…
Phillip, age 26
Avoid—I strongly caution parents that if their children are watching this show to have a block put on their TV set. My husband and I were flicking the channels one night and came across this Southpark by accident and I could not believe my eyes and ears. They were blowing kids brains out with guns and blood was everywhere. And this was just after the shootings in Colombine High School. Shame on Hollywood. I could not believe that they could put such horror on TV…
D. Thompson, age 43
Avoid—Where to begin… Constant swearing is bad enough. The episode with the gay dog was awful. The episode with Santa and Jesus beating each other up was heartbreaking. The celebration of this outrageous show in ways Chuck mentioned before me here are enough to nearly make me just want to go buy a cabin in Idaho without a television.

Billy Graham said decades ago that if God doesn’t really punish this society, He’ll owe Sodom and Gomorrah an apology. I’m also reminded of the Scripture that says that if anyone offends the little ones against Him, better that that man have a millstone around his neck and cast in the sea, or something to that effect.
Grant, age 26
Avoid—This cartoon is the most highly offensive show on T.V. today. It is very violent and very crude. The violence is far more graphic than most cartoons. Children should definitely *NOT* watch this show under any circumstances. As an example, every show one of the characters, a nine year old boy, is killed and another character makes a statement like "Oh my %#(*#)! The #*%(&#) killed Kenny." And it gets much worse! I’ve seen many children wearing shirts and I’ve even seen skits performed by Boy Scouts with characters from this show. This show is making an impression on our children.
Chuck, age 35
Comments from young people
Avoid—I urge everyone to avoid this shameless piece of nonsense. The content was never less than utterly offensive. The disgusting tolerance of homosexuality and the constant violence and swearing made me feel sick. This should be banned straight away.
David Taylor, age 14
Avoid—I found this show very offensive and insulting, but most of all, it made me wonder about the next generation. 4 third-graders use language that they have no business knowing and I walk around and hear kids YOUNGER than that saying these type of words. I also don’t like the fact that they use the Lord’s name in vain every time Kenny dies. Not recommended for anyone of any age group.
R.Z., age 16
Caution—If people would open their eyes and ears they would see that South Park is a social satire of America. It seems to lack morals, but in fact it mocks those without morals. South Park teaches morality… The show tries to make you feel uncomfortable, so you will challenge your perspectives and maybe, just maybe get a little enlightenment.
Joey, age 19
Caution—I believe with shows like this, it all comes down to how the content is affecting you and those around you. Someone could watch something that doesn’t affect them at all negatively, while another could watch the same thing and it leads them down a corrupted path. This is not an excuse to sin. Rather, it gives us the ability to discern for ourselves if there is any good to come out of something that contains evil within it.

“South Park” should be evaluated based on this as well. I personally am uncomfortable with certain jokes, but these jokes do not harm my spiritual life. In fact, rather than turn me away from God, I find myself being reminded that we live in a broken world, and that I shouldn’t get cocky. When the show expresses a viewpoint I hadn’t considered, I ask myself “Is that true?” and go look in the Bible for answers, coming out stronger from it. See all »
Kathleen, age 19 (USA)
Avoid—“South Park” is incredibly offensive. The episode “Tweek x Craig’ was disturbing and uncomfortable. Why would someone make a show like this? The fat boy, Eric Cartman, is alarming. There are seen homosexuals in the show and Tweek and Craig appear to be a “canon’ (as the fans put it) couple. Stan Marsh beating Jesus up made me skip the episode for my little sister (who’s 16). “South Park” is her favorite cartoon, and I’ve tried everything to get her to stop watching. The gay character, Big Gay Ale, is offensive to Christians, and “Mr. Slave’ is a character brought in by Mr. Garrison (who had a sex change but turned back into a boy) so he could get fired. …There are sex scenes, the game is offensive (an “alien probe’ coming out of your character’s behind, and Stan’s dad is seen getting the alien probe shoved into his behind over and over again.)
Hugh Jetitties, age 17