Tuesday, May 03, 2005

When South Park is Right


Here's an Op Ed piece from the NY Times on how the Conservatives have come to embrace South Park and how South Park has in turn directed their ridicule at the Right. The recently published book "South Park Conservatives: The Revolt Against Liberal Media Bias" has been quickly rendered less smug as a recent episode of South Park lampooned the arrogant attempt by conservatives to intervene in the Terry Schiavo case.
...A funny thing happened on the way to the publication of "South Park Conservatives": Emboldened by the supposed "moral values" landslide on Election Day, the faith-based right became the new left. Just as Mr. Anderson's book reached stores in early April, Mr. Parker and Mr. Stone, true to their butt-out libertarianism, aimed their fire at self-righteous, big-government conservatives who have become every bit as high-handed and meddlesome as any Prius-pushing movie star. Such is this role reversal that the same TV show celebrated by Mr. Anderson and his cohort as the leading edge of a potential conservative victory in the culture wars now looks like a harbinger of an anti-conservative backlash instead.
The fact that Conservatives like South Park was news to me so this was worth reading just to better understand that.

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