||Posted: Aug. 04 2003,22:25
That is a great question. The answer is a quite possibly yes.
When I was younger, I refused to watch the show South Park, for it was totally mainstream, and I assumed it would be too stupid for me. That was a big mistake. I now watch it whenever I have the time. And, to many, it is the most offensive show ever.
I can see why these people would say such a thing. The show portrays the African American as a chef that sings about sex in a low voice, the homosexual as a middle-aged man with a very high voice and feminine attitude, the overwight kid as the greedy and selfish one, and so on. These stereotypes are what have caused much trouble in this world.
Also, one of the show's main characters is constantly making Anti-Semetic and homophobic slurs.
So, how does this relate to promoting peace? Well, in my opinion, the creators of South Park are actually making fun of those that make fun of. They are really mocking ignorance and proving how rediculous it is.
For example, Cartman, a main character, says that something is wrong because of his Jewish friend. He whispers that his buddy is a "J - O - O", and you can only realize that the creators of the show are making fun of this anti-semetic remark. Really, they were showing a link bewteen prejudice and illeteracy (which, ironically, I probably spelled incorrectly).
In any case, I believe this show is constantly equating discrimination with conflict, a valid concept.
Anyway, if this had made nay sense to anybody, please respond. thank you.