Saturday, March 22, 2008
The media knows how to miss the point. E! Online wrote an article summarizing last Wednesday's episode known to them only for how "Britney, Miley Toon In to South Park" (the name of the article).
...the episode not only skewered Spears as the Comedy Central show had done with Tom Cruise and Marilyn Manson before...
While E! acknowledged the moral of the story (barely) after that clause, they didn't pick up on the fact that the show was ENTIRELY not making fun of Britney. It WAS entirely about public and media perceptions of her.
This is why Trey Parker and Matt Stone of South Park are the finest satirists alive: they are the only comedy program to come out on the side of the whiny boy who cried into the camera, "Leave Britney alone!" No other comedian or satirist did that. Even I am guilty of taking Britney on and not the media hounds who might seriously kill her. And it totally confounded one news agency.
"Make fun of society as a whole? Leave someone's personal life out of the limelight? Attack institutions?" Totally un-American, they say! Except it's not, as America is probably the only culture in history that has comedy and satire based around the quote at the beginning of this paragraph.
Further proving the media's inability to pay attention, E! messed up the boys' names:
After learning of the hefty payday that results from such an embarrassing amateur snap, Cartman, Kyle, Stan and Kenny pass themselves off as Spears' sons and a squirrel, respectively...
Kenny did not make any appearance in this episode: Butters was the squirrel. SILLY MEDIA!
Now, Matt and Trey: keep going. You're the best out there.