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South Park blames Canada... again

Boss Hog

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South Park blames Canada... again


MIKE OLIVEIRA
CANADIAN PRESS

The boys of South Park are blaming Canada again. And the new prime minister.

In the 1999 movie South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut, foul-mouthed Canadian cartoon characters were blamed for the moral corruption of America's youth, and led to at third world war. The movie included a musical number, Blame Canada, that even jokingly slagged Anne Murray.

Now, the new prime minister is the target in South Park's season finale, an episode called "Christmastime in Canada," which to air Feb. 13 on The Comedy Network.

Word gets out that Canada has a new leader and he's causing big problems with his laws and policies. Just as Christmas is approaching, he's demanded that all adopted children be returned to their birth parents.

One of the South Park kids is shipped off to Canada. The South Park gang is determined to save Christmas and they head north to the rescue.

The episode is an homage to The Wizard of Oz, the idea being that Canada is a foreign, bizarre place, said Matt Stone, one of the co-creators of the show.

"We really love the idea of treating Canada like Oz ... and just asserting that Canada is this totally strange fantasy land," Stone said.

The kids travel down Canada's "only road," though Quebec and Newfoundland, before eventually finding Parliament Hill and the prime minister.

Along the way they learn that French Canadians hate the prime minister because a new law has banned drinking wine; budget cuts have replaced the Mounties' horses with sheep, and a Newfoundlander named Steve (who, of course, has the stereotypical accent) is upset that the PM has "sure screwed up things for Newfoundland. It just hasn't been the same since he made sodomy illegal."

Stone said the show's creators and writers (one of them, Kyle McCulloch, is Canadian) get most of their jokes and ideas from misinformation and misconceptions about Canada.

"It never comes from a place of having any agenda, it just comes from a place of having fun," Stone said. "What we love about referencing Canada so much is that it does perplex people and they're like, `But why Canada?'

"And we do it because it's just funny. It's the same way Monty Python was always ripping on the stinking Belgians. It didn't make any sense, that's what's so funny about it."

Paul Martin is never named in the episode but there is a surprise revelation when the prime minister's identity is revealed.
 

defazman

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Will, it's still funny just to see all the different types of Canadians they show on the episode.
 
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Ditto Much

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Originally posted by Boss Hog
thanks asshole.


don't worry they clear up that sodomy thing as well. Your relations with pigs are legal once again thanks to the boys of south park.






Ditto "Protecting yopur rights to do what you want with little piggies since 04" Much
 

littlenutty

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hahahahaha..... i never watch South Park anymore, mostly because if i turn it on the other half starts complaining... but i'll most definitely have to catch this one... i love humor that appears to be at the expense of Canadians but really just point out the stupidity of Americans...
 

Boss Hog

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Originally posted by littlenutty
hahahahaha..... i never watch South Park anymore, mostly because if i turn it on the other half starts complaining... but i'll most definitely have to catch this one... i love humor that appears to be at the expense of Canadians but really just point out the stupidity of Americans...


It's true. Last time I met an American college student abroad and I mentioned I was a fan of South Park she said "why? Doesn't that show make fun of Canadians?" I told her "actually it makes fun of what little Americans know about Canadians." Her - "Oh. Reeeeally?"
 
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Poot

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They're laughing AT us?

They're laughing WITH us?

Bah, I don't care. We're laughing.

That's really all that matters.
 

Subsonic Chronic

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I think I might have this episode on my PC somewhere, still yet to be watched. Obviously if it's a Christmas special, it would have aired in the states on Comedy Central back in December or November.

I'm impressed that South Park, with only a few exceptions, has been so consistently funny over 7 seasons. The only episode lately that I didn't find myself enjoying as much as others is that lame one where Cartman's hand is talking like Jennifer Lopez and he gets a record deal.

Otherwise, it's pretty much always guaranteed to leave me laughing.

My favourite one as of late is the episode where the town is split between pro-war and anti-war activists ("A little bit Country"), and Cartman is trying to force himself into a flashback so he doesn't have to study for the history test on 1867.
 

Variant

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Originally posted by Boss Hog
It's true. Last time I met an American college student abroad and I mentioned I was a fan of South Park she said "why? Doesn't that show make fun of Canadians?" I told her "actually it makes fun of what little Americans know about Canadians." Her - "Oh. Reeeeally?"

you got her pretty good there.
 
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