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'South Park' vs. Lucas and Spielberg: Too far?


Never mind "The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report," the most welcome Comedy Central program this election season just might be "South Park."

The series has been on a roll for the past four/five seasons, and whether turning an alien invasion into an examination of immigration, or leprechauns into targets of terrorism, "South Park" has been presenting relatively reasoned examinations of cultural issues.

Until, perhaps, last night. "South Park" has missed out on skewering this summer's pop-culture events, and last night, the episode was on the attack. As dark and twisted as "The Dark Knight" was, "South Park" was just as aggressively over the top.

Returning with new episodes as part of its 12th season, "South Park" didn't level its aim at presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain (fingers are crossed for such an episode to be forthcoming). Instead, the series had Hollywood heavyweights George Lucas and Steven Spielberg directly in sights.

Oh, there was also a paranoid Cartman convinced that China's Olympic opening ceremony telegraphed an attack on the United States, but Cartman's mockery of Chinese stereotypes was almost an afterthought after Matt Stone and Trey Parker completely dismantled the worldwide hit "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull."

"We all saw it happen," says the handicapped Jimmy, discussing "The Crystal Skull" as if it's a personal tragedy. "Do you remember that scene with Indiana in the refrigerator? It didn't make any sense, Stan."

From there, an excited Stan sits down to watch the latest film in a dream sequence/nightmare, but soon has to warn Indiana Jones that Spielberg and Lucas are nearby. And then in a series of film parodies, Indy's pants come off.


The boys of "South Park" spend much of the episode struggling to come to grips with the raping of Indiana Jones. In its rave review of the episode, IGN wrote that "South Park" went "beyond offensive and into some sort of hyper-offensive stratosphere," all of it hilarious.

Indeed, each scene builds upon the other, with Spielberg and Lucas eventually becoming two rednecks in the woods who demand Indy "squeal like a pig" as the pair humiliates and degrades a cinematic icon. A Stormtrooper gets it even worse, prompting the "South Park" police to lock up the directors to prevent such travesties from happening again.

Not that anyone didn't see this coming. Parker and Stone tried to warn Spielberg and Lucas from even making a fourth "Indiana Jones" flick. Back in 2002, the series took the two to task for re-editing their films for the worse, hoping to prevent a ruining of "Raiders of the Lost Ark."

But was continually -- and graphically -- having Spielberg and Lucas violently rape Indiana Jones too far? "He's gonna do it right there!" shouts a cartoon Spielberg in one scene, holding back Indy's hands over a pinball machine. Or was seeing a Stormtrooper completely defiled still easier to swallow than having to watch Shia LaBeouf swing like a monkey, or worse, inserting aliens into the film?

Show Tracker put a call in to Lucasfilm to try to get their thoughts (ha!), but in the meantime, do you side with "South Park," or those behind the "Crystal Skull" on this one? Coming a few days after The Times' Hero Complex wrote that "Indy 5" is still a possibility, it might be time to make your voice known. 

-- Todd Martens

Photos: http://www.southparkstudios.com/

Comments () | Archives (302)

This guy seems to be missing the fact taht those rape scenes were spoofs of famous movies scenes ie, The Accused and Deliverence.

Yes, that Indiana Jonea episode was awful. I attempted to watch it 3 times and fell asleep each and every time within the first 10-30 minutes.
Rape? That is over the top, but that's what defines South Park.
Spielberg and Lucas have had great successes. They are of the most prominent director/producers in the business.
They're also both suffering through the longest dry spell whether working together or on separate projects. What was the last great movie from Spielberg? Schindler's list? Lucas? Most all of his success has been centered in two mega-series----Star Wars and Indiana Jones. Each movie that has come out since probably the seoond or third in the series has been more poorly written than the one before.

The problem with this garbage is that young people (most of whom sport a diminished mentality and can't read or write well) constantly worship. parrot, and try to emulate the cartoon characters.

The problem with this garbage is that young people (most of whom sport a diminished mentality and can't read or write well) constantly worship. parrot, and try to emulate the cartoon characters.

Look, clearly those movie execs didn't get the message in the episode where the boys told them not to mess with their classic movies like cell phones replacing guns in ET... come on! They sent the message once, were ignored and upped the anty. The homage nature was terrific. If it was ok for those movies to depict rape in that way, why not this cartoon?

Finally, why ask the question "Did they go to far?" That headline made it to Drudge! This show has skewered just about everything. Did anyone see the episode where they made fun of catholic priests raping little alter boys? Where was the outcry then? But now that they are attacking Lucas and Spielberg agin it's too far?!?

The late great George Carlin was the first to argue that rape could be funny, he was right then, much like Trey and Matt are now.

Don't believe me? Imagine Elmer Fudd raping Porky Pig.

Not everyone heated the new Indy....Butters liked it!!

Liberalism is offensive to me.

What next McCain and his Christian cronies rapping Obama. Funny.Vote Obama Biden.

The symbolism is obvious, Spielberg and Lucas are raping a great series. The new show is a travesty (especially sad to see Harrison Ford have to drag himself through a much younger man's role). South Park is going to do what it damn well pleases and the politically correct can kiss South Park's ass.

I watched the episode of South Park yesterday and the rape scenes were the most "graphic" that I've seen on television. There was little humor inserted... pun intended...

I agree that Lucas lost his mind by adding aliens to the Indiana Jones but this episode was a little extreme.

I have a clue.

'Indeed, each scene builds upon the other, with Spielberg and Lucas eventually becoming two rednecks in the woods who demand Indy "squeal like a pig" as the pair humiliates and degrades a cinematic icon.'

How do you allow someone to write reviews without knowing what Deliverance is?

I'm a liberal, voting for Obama over that silly old one, and I thought that was hilarious. If you enjoyed the new Indy movie you aren't a fan of the old films.

Oh get over it. South Park is going to be what it has always been. If you don't like it then change the damn channel or turn off the TV. Learn to get a thicker skin and roll with it. What a bunch of whiners.

The best South Park episodes are both disgusting and disturbing, and also hilarious. Did anyone else catch the Willow and Howard the Duck pinball games in the one rape scene? Awesome!

LA Times protesting satirical criticism of hollywood big shots but begging for such lampooning of national politicians. How lame...

"homage to other cinematic rapes, like Jodie Foster in the Accused"

Except it was based on a real life rape case -- Parker and Stone are creeps. Like most SP fans.

Heres what youll never see on South Park: an episode making fun of Sarah Palin, or any other republican. Matt Parker and Trey Stone are conservatives.

Here's hoping for a South Park episode on how ridiculous McCain/Palin's attacks on Obama are. Sometimes it takes parody for people to see the obvious.

The whole Bill Ayers thing is flat out insanely ridiculous. I guess the polls show that most Americans know that, but some don't.

Did you know that Bill Ayers won the "citizen of the year" award in Chicago in 1997? This is a dude that was well respected in education circles and a PROFESSOR when Barack Obama met him in the 90s. His past was well behind him at that time. Did you know that the board that Obama and Ayers were on together was funded by a Republican (a very good friend of Ronald Reagan.)

Sure Palin is the easy target, and they should hit her too. But it's the disgusting negative attacks by McCain/Palin that really need to be called out. Those negative attacks represent everything wrong with America. Everything that we need to change.

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