I’ve never watched South Park, but now I wish I had. Featured on the Newsbusters.org site, a clip and partial transcript from a hilarious episode aired the other day lampooning the hysterical response to Hurricane Katrina. (Hat tip: Protein Wisdom.) Two of the boys, Stan and Cartman, accidentally crash a motor boat into a dam and cause the flooding of Beaverton, “home of the world’s largest beaver dam.” There ensues breathless media hype (Reporter:“We’re not sure what exactly is going on inside the town of Beaverton, Tom, but we’re reporting that there’s looting, raping and, yes, even acts of cannibalism.” Anchorman: “My God, you’ve actually seen people looting, raping and eating each other?!” Reporter: “No, no we’ve haven’t actually seen it, Tom. We’re just reporting it”) and political finger-pointing, as some of the citizens blame Bush (“George Bush doesn’t care about beavers!”) while others see the work of Al Qaeda terrorists (“they’ve been buiding beaver dam WMDs for years now”)!
Kudos to the creators of South Park for creating a funny and smart episode (at least the roughly two and a half minutes I watched were funny and smart!) on a subject that doesn’t easily lend itself to humor.
Check it out. Quite amusing, too, is the comments thread at Newsbusters where people are arguing about whether South Park is poking at conservatives or liberals. Is our culture so polarized that, for many people, “a plague on both your houses” doesn’t resonate anymore?