South Park Siloviki

southpark091208.jpgHere’s an interesting bit from Jossip:

Along with blue jeans and Bruce Springsteen, a new American commodity is being controversially exported to the Motherland. South Park, which sparked controversy and loud public cries for it’s removal from American television in 1997, is finally making its way over to Russia, where some fundamentalist religious groups are hating it. Along with Family Guy, Brendon Small’s Metalocalypse, and 12 other raunchy cartoons, public prosecutors are seeking to ban what America long-ago gave up trying to regulate. Wonder why? “(The cartoons are) promot[ing] violence and cruelty, pornography, anti-social behavior, abound with scenes of mayhem, the infliction of physical and ethical suffering, and are aimed at invoking fear, panic and terror in children. . . Practically all the cartoons exploit the topic of suicide, and characters demonstrate readiness to risk their lives for the sake of deriving extreme sensations.”

It’s funny that these groups should get so bent out of shape by a cartoon when their president speaks with such wondeful, family-friendly poetry as “wiping bloody snot” off the nation’s nose in reference to the invasion and occupation of a country thirty times smaller. You’d think the cartoon would be a hit….