Monday, May 01, 2006

Manbearpig

I like South Park generally, but I thought the latest episode really missed the mark. If you didn't see it, the main story was about Al Gore coming to South Park to warn against the dangers of the Manbearpig, which was going to destroy the world. Gore is portrayed as a man desperate for attention and recognition, using the Manbearpig danger to make himself feel relevant again. I think if you're going to skewer famous people, there has to be a grain of truth. I really don't see Gore as an attention seeker. He could be much more visible if that's what he really wanted. And even these nuts who deny that global warming is occuring shouldn't have a problem recognizing that Gore is sincerely concerned. Parker and Stone are usually pretty funny, but sometimes I think they try to hard.

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John Howard said...

Yeah, that one sucked. I think even with the flaws you mentioned, it could have been better if they'd come up with something less stupid than manbearpig.

somewaterytart said...

I remember being seriously disgusted by the Christopher Reeve-fetus episode, where he eats them to get stronger. I couldn't finish watching it.

John Howard said...

That was pretty tasteless. I don't mind tasteless so much, but this manbearpig crap just wasn't funny.

Chris Howard said...

I remember being seriously disgusted by the Christopher Reeve-fetus episode

I forgot about that one, that was pretty bad too. You know, they've always done commentary on current events, but is it getting more frequent or is it just my imagination? We need some more classics like the Scott Tenorman episode, or the one where Butters follows his dad to the gay bathhouse and his mother tries to drown him in the river. Those were awesome.

Robert Bayn said...

I thought the Al Gore one was funny, and really right on the money about Al Gore.

Chris Howard said...

I thought Cartman eating the treasure was funny, but the whole Al Gore thing was flat. They obviously bought the media-created caricature of Al Gore from 2000.

John Howard said...

But even if you do think Al Gore is like that, I still don't think it was funny. Not because I like Al Gore, but because it was just really forced and not nearly as clever as they usually are.

Robert Bayn said...

If anything the Oprah episode was horrible.

John Howard said...

Yes it was, that one might have even been worse. Maybe they've run out of funny stuff.

Chris Howard said...

Yes, the Oprah episode pretty much sucked too. It was a mildly amusing idea, but they beat it until it was pulp. You may be right, John, they may be running out of the good stuff. Good for you you can watch all the old ones on DVD.

John Howard said...

The Butters one is on now.

Storm said...

JRH

Been awhile since I sampled the musings of your brain

I was wondering do you think Gore matters in the political sense?

WHo do you think will emerge on the Demo and Repub tickets?

John Howard said...

I think Gore does matter. He should be our President right now, even though most people bought into the wooden character that he was sold as. I hope he runs again, I'll vote for him.

I'm afraid it will be Clinton and McCain, and that makes me sad. Hopefully, someone else will emerge, since there is a lot of time left.

Storm said...

I do not think Gore has a chance. He does not appear to have the financial backing.

I agree Hillary is properly positioned to get the financial backing needed.

I think Kerry have a chance to run but not if McCain does.

Edwards may as well be on Lost.

John Howard said...

I don't know about his financial backing, but if he runs, I think he has a chance. I think having already won an election carries a lot of weight. But Hilary may ultimately have toomuch money for him to compete with. And he still says he isn't running anyway.

I think Kerry has no chance, and I hope he doesn't run again. Not that I don't like him, but if he couldn't beat the moron we currently have in office, I don't know how he could hope to beat someone without all the poor decisions and lies and corruption and everything else working against him.

Storm said...

Kerry is a buffoon it would be my wildest hope the DNC would send him up against McCain.

Same sentence only insert Gore for Kerry.

South Park is hardly the venue for the conservative right. The fact Gore was being lampooned there means you can "stick a fork in him"

For the rest well people believe what they what to believe. We cod sit here and trade stories about greed and corruption from both sides of the aisle and kerry in no angle. Does the name Sandy Berger jog your memory?

At any rate stand by because the recent primarys may be a sign. The media tried its best to spin the results in many venues. But in the end the same results were obvious to those with ears and eyes. Conservaties are pissed and we are culling the liberals from our party.

My only doubt is that leadership is lacking in America. You can pick a party but I am looking for a leader. Right now I would vote for Blackwell for President at least he has the courage of his convictions.

Storm said...

Oh I almost forgot.

Global warming. yeah here is the thing, NASA has been gathering data for aout 30 years now and the results are not even close to the predictions. The scientist that came up with the main mathematical model (the so called hockey stick might be Dr. Mann but you do the research its you trying to convince me of the theory) largely discredited. Finally when was the last the weatherman (or woman) could predict the weather more than a few days into the future and yet you all are convinced the sky is falling. Meanwhile a real math problem stares you in the face and you deny its existence...even CBS just reported last the Social Security will go broke sooner (2038) than predicted just a year ago (2040). Medicare even sooner something like 2012.