Skip to main content

fair game

Now in its 19th season on the air, South Park pulls no punches in its aim to be irreverent and poke fun at some of the absurdities of our modern culture. However having watched a couple of episodes so far left me thinking that they were perhaps wading a little too far into extremes.

This season features the cartoon rape of a Donald Trump inspired Canadian politician, Eric Cartman being beaten to a pulp by his new principal and a pull no punches depiction of Caitlyn Jenner as a plastic surgery freak show with a penchant for vehicular homicide.

N introduced me to the show some years back and in general have found it witty while remaining just on the edge of good taste with their pull no punches approach.

Both the episodes I saw the other night had me thinking they had gone just a little far this time. The theme of this season appears to be political correctness gone awry leaving us to accept questionable statements as accepted fact lest you be accused of being a bigot.

Not unexpectedly, the subject of Jenner's supposed heroism is taken on as another sacred cow and, while I am on the record as not being a huge fan of hers, her depiction was maybe a questionable call. Perhaps when it comes to this topic I am too myopic because it touches close to home. Other subjects tackled by Parker and Stone have not been quite so personal to me.

I will leave the question of whether Jenner is a role model or not alone and defer that to you. Do we have a right to poke fun at this issue? I believe the answer is yes. However I wouldn't be the person to ask whether the show crosses a limit either because the area of uncensored satire is not an area I would feel comfortable wading into.

Among the episodes I have seen, one of my favorites was the one dealing with racism. Randy appears on Wheel of Fortune and says the unthinkable. I felt that this sacred cow was handled more deftly however and, while racism is widely seen as unacceptable by most educated and reasonable people, being transgender is still seen by a wide margin of the population as a bizarre aberration of choice.

Criticism of Jenner is fine but by virtue of her notoriety some of us will take schrapnel from those who find her representative of us all. But the way Jenner seems to crave publicity and her tendency to commit verbal gaffs has not endeared her to many of us and invites parody.

For Stone and Parker everything is fair game so maybe chalk up my unease to my myopia on this issue.



Comments

Popular posts from this blog

my last post

This will be my last blog post.

When I wrote recently that this blog had another seven years of life in it I was trying to convince myself that it was true. It was in fact a little bit of self delusion.

With almost 3,000 posts to date I have accomplished what I set out to do which was to heal myself and in the process share some of the struggle I had been through with others on the chance they might find some value in my words. After seven years of writing, my life still isn't perfect; no one's is. But I have discovered a path forward completely free of the trappings which society would have had me adopt so I could fit in.

Over the last 25 years of my life I have turned over every stone I could find while exploring this topic and in the process realized that we haven't even begun to scratch the surface of this deeply complex subject. What I have ultimately learned is that my instincts have more value than what someone who isn't gender dysphoric writes about me. We are …

epilogue

While this blog is most definitely over, I wanted to explain that part of the reason is that it was getting in the way of writing my next book called "Notes, Essays and Short Stories from the North" which will combine philosophy, trans issues, my observations on life, some short fiction and things that have happened to me over my life and continue to (both trans related and not).

When it is complete I will post the news here and will be happy to send you a free copy upon request in either PDF or eBook format. All I ask is that you provide me with some feedback once you're done reading it.

I'm only in the early stages so it will be a while.

Be well all of you....

sample pages...
















love of self

If you feel you are doing something wrong it shows. Your demeanor, body language and facial expression all conspire to betray you.

You are a clandestine "man in a dress"; you know it and everyone else can too. Your cover has been blown. I've been there and it's frustrating. The source goes back to your self image and the notion that you are somehow a freak of nature; and perhaps you are but what of it? the only way out is to embrace yourself fully and unconditionally. I don't mean to suggest that you are perfect but just that you were created this way and you need not seek forgiveness for it. You are a creation of God.

Misinterpreted religion is a big culprit in all this. These negative images of yourself came from reinforcement of stereotypes by ignorant people interpreting what is right and moral by their own barometer. You simply ingested the message and bought it as the gospel truth. Self confidence and critical thinking is the way out of your dilemma. It can…