What took her so long?

If you said 7 you win the “How Long Before Gloria Allred Capitalizes on the Herman Cain Sexual Harassment Scandal” contest. That’s not to say Allred’s client, who will speak out today on alleged sexual harassment at the hands of Cain, isn’t telling the truth. I’m just pointing out that her lawyer has been involved in scandals involving Michael Jackson, O.J. Simpson and Charlie Sheen and every D-Lister in between.

Hot 4 Uncle Sam

From the classic South Park episode, “Christian Rock Hard”: Executive: We just have one question, though. We were looking over some of your lyrics. (reads lyrics) I want to walk hand-in-hand with Jesus on a private beach for two. I want him to nibble on my ear and say “I’m here for you”. It seems you really love Christ. Cartman: Yes, we sure do. Executive: No, but it appears you are actually in love with Christ. Cartman: Well what are you saying? That, that you don’t really love Christ? Executive: Well of course I do. I mean I just – Cartman: Well…

Not all fundamentalists are the same

HuffPoster Diana Butler Bass, writing about the “South Park” imbroglio, ably disproves her point. I can’t and won’t defend the Revolutionmuslim website. But violence against those who depict the Divine is not just an Islamic problem. It is worth pointing out that Christianity has a long history of violence against visual depictions of Jesus, the saints, and God. In 1987, Serrano’s Piss Christ provoked death threats and violence from Christian fundamentalists and conservative Catholics across the U.S. and Europe and caused political outrage on two continents. In the 19th century, American Catholics were regularly targeted by Protestant mobs for “worshiping” statues while…

Keep your theocratic hands off my free society

Memo to Muslims offended by South Park’s depiction of their prophet: I’m offended that your religion facilitates the third-class treatment of women, and death for gays. And don’t tell me both sides could learn from the other — it’s all on them. Live in the Dark Ages if you want, but keep it to yourself. Blogger Bilal el-Houri has seen both sides first hand in the Middle East. He says no matter how “cruel” the South Park episode is, “it should be a wake up call to Muslims around the world about how they are being portrayed, and instead of grunting and…

The Evil Empire caves to fundamentalist thugs

America’s media conglomerates have zero balls (and fewer principles). None is more soulless than Viacom, which has once again bowed to the threats of extremist gasbags. On Thursday morning, a spokesman for Comedy Central confirmed that the network had added more bleeps to the episode than were in the cut delivered by South Park Studios, and that it was not giving permission for the episode to run on the studio’s Web site. Among the bleeps: any reference to the “Prophet Mohammed.” I shouldn’t be surprised. This is the company that owns MTV, responsible for the most nihilistic programming in the history of…

Clean, old-fashioned hate

I wouldn’t thank Sean Hannity for saving my life. Take away his generically reactionary conservative politics and I’d still loathe him, though he could win me over by revealing his true identity: Mitch Conner, idealistic grad student out to prove the gullibility of the American public. “I regurgitated every talking point and reinforced the most trite Middle America cliches. I employed market researchers to map out every second of my program. When they suggested ‘more football,’ I tossed a football on air. When they clamored for more country music (the new stuff, not that genuine, twangy crap) I obliged. If a 42-year-old…

Islamic fundamentalist website threatens lives of ‘South Park’ creators

Is there a verse in the Koran that requires adherents to be humorless, intolerant, cowardly AND irrationally violent? On Sunday, Revolutionmuslim.com posted an entry that included a warning to South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone that they risk violent retribution – after the 200th episode last week included a satirical discussion about whether an image of the prophet could be shown. In the end, he is portrayed disguised in a bear suit.The posting on Revolutionmuslim.com says: “We have to warn Matt and Trey that what they are doing is stupid and they will probably wind up like Theo Van Gogh…

“i’m just asking questions”

“I love it when you say the president doesn’t do anything and is changing everything.” –Butters “South Park” remains the only reliable source for topical satire, with Cartman pulling off a mean Glenn Beck impression in tonight’s episode. Unlike “The Simpsons,” “South Park” retains an edge, giving its creators the credibility to tell the Petty Queer Establishment to go fuck themselves.

whiny queer advocacy group targets “south park”

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation has issued a CALL TO ACTION (in all caps, no less) over “South Park’s” repeated use of “fag” in Wednesday’s episode. Never mind that the epithet was borrowed to describe bikers who ride without a muffler — “Just because a person is gay doesn’t mean he’s a fag,” says one of the characters. “South Park” was making fun of macho assholes, not gays. Of course the proper context might deter all but the professionally indignant, so the humorless prigs at GLAAD have raised the stakes. “It is an epithet that has real consequences for real…