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Sea Shepherd's Paul Watson responds to 'South Park' episode on Japanese whaling

I missed the now-famous "South Park" episode that premiered last week and offered a satirical portrayal of Japanese whaling and dolphin-killing tactics. But I did view a few short clips.

(Your thoughts? Was it insensitive or accurate? Did you laugh your head off?)

If you viewed the episode, you know that it opened with Stan and his family celebrating his birthday trying to swim with dolphins at the Denver Aquarium. But the party is interrupted when the Japanese dive in and attack the dolphins and turn the pool into a dolphin blood bath. Stan then takes up the cause and tries to bring the senseless slaughter to an end.

Of course, no such episode could be complete without controversial Captain Paul Watson and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, which annually takes on Japanese whalers in the Antarctic (see above video and image below).

And I did not miss Watson's response to how he -- with his belly hanging exposed beneath his untucked shirt -- and his merry crew of vegan whale lovers were portrayed.

"My understanding is that the Japanese prime minister was not amused, and the whalers and dolphin killers are enraged at the way they were portrayed," Watson said. "That’s music to my ears. If the humorless whale killers and the bank-rollers of the dolphin killers did not like the show, then that’s all I need to applaud it."


In the episode, Watson takes a harpoon to the head.

"I could not care less how I was personally ridiculed, lampooned and insulted," the captain added. "Hell, being ridiculed, lampooned and insulted on 'South Park' is a declaration to the world that Sea Shepherd and 'Whale Wars' are effective and have cracked through to the other side of the media culture curtain."

"Whale Wars" is an Animal Planet TV series based on Watson's annual harassment of the whaling fleet in the Antarctic Ocean. Sea Shepherd will embark on a sixth campaign next month. An Animal Planet crew will be aboard to gather material for a third "Whale Wars" season.

Stan, unfortunately, will have to be left behind.

-- Pete Thomas

Video and Image: A scene from "South Park." Credit: South Park Studios

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Comments (5)

welll, sably these other people seem to have completly belived south park(which is worse then trusting wikipedia)
waton doesn't lie. he really got shot(thank god for kevlar) and the have gotten hurt. getting hit by metal bolts, getting rammed, all sorts of stuff

for the show, i didn't see it on tv, but i found a site with it. i foget what though. it was a little offensive to me how they portrayed paul, but i couldn't stop laghing after they found out why the japense hate whales. and when they were told it was "acctually"a chicken and cow, man i was cracking up.

onething they coulda done thoug. when paul got harponned on it, stan shoulda said"oh my god, they killed paul! those ********" ,

i can't respect watson at all. here is a guy telling all the humans in the world how big of a problem they are, but look at this guy. he is a fat blob who obviously eats far more than he needs to. if anyone is expected to take this clown seriously then surely they can at least expect that watson will put his actions where his words are and stop stuffing himself full of food that he doesn't need. trim down, then maybe i might listen. this guy should reduce his own eco footprint before complaining about japanese eating whales or anything else.

Watson is a media WHORE. Period. Seriously, the Japanese whalers are within their legal rights so he should STFU and go home.

I love that they animated Paul with just the 'stache. Indeed, his response was pitch perfect. The many is totally selfless, brash, unyielding in his commitments to wilderness, and an absolute media savant.

"(Your thoughts? Was it insensitive or accurate? Did you laugh your head off?)"

Accurate portrayal of Watson as a liar and a turd.


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