Censoring South Park

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Dick Cavett, a famous American talk show host, once said, “Censorship feeds the dirty mind more than the four-letter word itself.” Censorship limits free speech, and it is used constantly today. In South Park’s situation, the writers use logic and evidence to express their opinions on controversial issues, and people think that it should be censored. Just because the show uses morally questionable techniques, does not mean that it is useless. In fact, South Park has taught people a lot; it changes our point of view and encourages us to think deeply about the issues at hand while simultaneously making us laugh. For people unfamiliar with South Park, it is an animated comedy television which airs on Comedy Central. The show revolves …show more content…
These groups do not only criticize the use of profanity in South Park.
Another huge controversy South Park has created is their depiction of religion. South Park has parodied almost every major religion so it is understandable that many people are offended. In the episode, Trapped in the Closet, South Park basically calls Scientology a global scam. The LDS church responded to the episode, All About Mormons, by calling it a gross portrayal of the LDS church. The creators of South Park claim that any topic is subject to ridicule, but, because of the Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy, South Park has censored images of Muhammad. While they have not been able to ridicule Islam directly, – which is something that the creators never planned to do until this controversy arose – they still mock the censorship controversy itself. Christianity is, by far, the most often parodied religion in South Park. Arguably, the most offensive parody South Park has done involving Christianity is the depiction of Jesus. In South Park, Jesus has his own talk show and appears to be just ordinary. As a recurring character, South Park’s Jesus has engaged in acts of speaking profanity, violence, and has been shown with the inability to perform his miracles. Critics of the show say that these controversial portrayals confuse and corrupt children.
The creators of South Park have defended these accusations of their show. Matt Stone, co-creator of South Park, says “kids don't

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