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South Park

August 30, 2009

spblucWhat Is It?

A guy once hired two other guys to do a video Christmas card. The result was a bunch of sloppy construction paper cut out kids. They meet Jesus who has them bring him to the mall, where he picks a fight with Santa. The kids realize that it’s better to be Jewish because the meaning of Christmas is presents, and Jews get 8 days of it.

This video circulated until the guys were offered a series on Comedy Central with the same construction paper kids. Now we can watch them, almost daily, be rude, be nasty and kill Kenny (in every episode).

How Is It?

Lots of people like this show, so I guess it hits an audience. Still it seems like a bunch of kids who have just realized that their parents are not listening. So they can impress their friends with crude words and gags that you know you are not supposed to use in polite conversation. Of my short sampling, most of the stuff I saw was purposely stupid. The “Passion of the Jew” episode just recycled the popular criticisms of the Mel Gibson film. The Passion of the Christ movie helps one kid realize that Jews are evil so the child dresses like Hitler. The Christians are stupid so they all follow the kid thinking his German curses are Aramaic praises. Later a pastor explains that Passion plays were invented simply to increase hatred of the Jews. (This gives viewers a feeling that they have researched the issue, and now know what they are talking about.) Meanwhile the other kids go to meet an insane Mel Gibson to ask for their money back for this terrible film. Sure, maybe they are being rebellious by dissing Mel, but really they are just kissing the boots of the rest of Hollywood. The “Christians Rock Hard” episode is actually amusing criticism of the easily criticized Christian music industry (Christians only listen to it because they are told to or because it says Jesus enough, even when the references are pointless or incorrect.) The South Park movie…. I got through 15 minutes of the insulting of Christians and Jews, kicking a baby for fun (because that’s so naughty, it’s funny) and the kids bribing a homeless man to get into a movie with poorly done cartoon kids cussing like mad. (I guess that was supposed to be ironic.) I hear I missed Kenny dying and going to heaven (which is just a bunch of naked women) and Saddam Hussein sodomizing Satan (a pun I suppose). This is not the deft social criticism of “The Simpsons“, this is just crude for the sake of giggling at things that should not be said by kids.

Is It Good For Kids?

Not only is it going to teach your kids all kinds of things that you don’t want them doing or saying, it’s also done very poorly. So, on top of everything else, it will lower their wit and help develop bad taste in entertainment.

What About Spiritual Issues?

There are a ton of them. The kids are always making fun of Christianity and Judaism. Though their criticism of Christian pop and punk music may well be true, without the other side, it’s just propaganda.

Worse than that is that Jesus and Satan are regular characters. Satan is powerful and mean. Jesus is a skinny wuss with a lisp. At one point Satan challenges Jesus to a boxing match. Jesus can’t hit, but Satan takes a dive and wins a ton of money by being the only person who would bet on Jesus. This is not the all powerful ruler of the universe. This is not even the man consumed with zeal for God who makes his own whip before dismantling a makeshift mall. (John 2:15 & 2:17)

What Is Your Recommendation?

You know, if someone in class was drawing mean pictures of your buddy, you wouldn’t like it. Here we have Jesus as a wussy fairy, and Christians everywhere list this as one of their favorites.

Even without Jesus and the constant insulting of faith (Jude 1:10), it’s still inappropriate, and just inappropriate for the sake of being inappropriate.

The opening “warning” says that, due to content, this show should not be viewed by anyone.

This is the only entirely true statement offered by South Park.

If you still want this kind of entertainment, I would suggest either watching “The Simpsons“, which is at least intelligent and funny, and often pro-family on top of being rude and anti-Christian, or finding some poorly disciplined 12 year olds who think their parents can’t hear them.

Soul Junk 1960

August 20, 2009

I just got Soul-Junk’s 1960! It’s wonderful. All the lyrics are from Psalm 119 but still sound like lyrics and the music is Rock’n’Roll and Hard Rock in that special SJ Avantgarde way…. For those in the know it’s like the s…ongs (not the instrumentals) from 1955 and Earlier with the production value and layers of instruments on 1956. 1956 is still the best but this is runner up in a photo finish.
And one of my favorite tracks is the one they decided to give away







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