Wednesday, October 05, 2011

South Park premiers new season with spoof on public perception of Asperger's

Today, Comedy Central initiated a season premier (at 10 PM) of "South Park" with a spoof of the public’s perception of Asperger’s Syndrome.  Trey Parker and Matt Stone, I guess, “have no shame”.  The title of the episode is not reprintable, but Cartman finds a creative way to deal with his diagnosis.  The early passages of the show make fun of the idea that you can “catch” Asperger’s (or autism) from a vaccine, or that Asperger’s is even a “disease”. (Some extremely successful people have it.)

It's sort of funny seeing Cartman as a socially successful "restauranteur" with a secret formula for his Carman-burgers.

The script takes the interesting position that people with Asperger's see the world exactly as it is, and that "normal" people can't function if they're forced to deal with "the whole truth." (Is Cartman a "Rosenfelfs feminine" in the "polarity theory"?; a burger manager probably wouldn't be).  Then there are squads of "extraterrestrial aliens" going around managing the truth (an allusion to Facebook?)

There’s a painful possibility introduced, that parents might divorce because the son isn’t “normal” (might not give them grandchildren).  My parents stayed together.

Earlier this evening, Comedy Central aired repeats, including one where Kyle goes to see Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” and then wants his money back.  (The animation shows him puke in the theater.)  So they track down Mel, who is shown with gray chest hair (he really doesn’t have much).  Pretty soon the script is having fun with its satire of “religious truth”.

Viewers may remember the 1999 animated film “South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut”  (Paramount and WB) where Big Gay Al, very indirectly, gets in his jabs against the old “don’t ask don’t tell” policy and Internet censorship laws (then, the CDA and COPA), in a convoluted plot involving “blaming Canada”.

South Park's site seems to be this

There is a story that the series “The Simpsons”  contract with Fox is in trouble. What will I do without Mr. Burns, who resembles me?

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