"Well, guess what? Being offensive like South Park is the status quo. They aren’t challenging anything. The safe space episode is just saying “If you’re an asshole, people aren’t going to give you respect and empathy when you ask for it”. The ironic thing is, they are acting like it’s only the people who critique them act this way to criticism, but the fact of the matter is, this whole story arc was born from the fact that they got criticized for their Transgender Arc. The fact that one of their episodes this season stated that they should be immune to conventional criticism contradicts this one. This whole season they were attempting to create a safe space of sorts for themselves, so they can continue to make the same type of episodes that they’ve been making without anyone critically analyzing it. What aggravates me, is that the moment we stop analyzing our media is the moment that it stops improving. That is the moment it becomes stagnant, and people become complacent with bullshit media that puts in little to no effort in it’s presentation and execution."
People have often perceived this cultural conspiracy to censor all forms of humor and leave it as a sterile mess devoid of any soul or thought provoking challenges, that they are glorious heroes or rebels fighting the status quo...and yet the truth is these people ARE the status quo.
To take a quote from god bless American which is a fantastic little black comedy I've quoted to death but my god this one scene just nailed it.
Frank: Oh, I get, and I am offended. Not because I've got a problem with bitter, predictable, whiny, millionaire disk jockeys complaining about celebrities or how tough their life is, while I live in an apartment with paper-thin walls next to a couple of Neanderthals who, instead of a baby, decided to give birth to some kind of nocturnal civil defense air-raid siren that goes off every fuckin' night like it's Pearl Harbor. I'm not offended that they act like it's my responsibility to protect their rights to pick on the weak like pack animals, or that we're supposed to support their freedom of speech when they don't give a fuck about yours or mine.
Office Worker: So, you're against free speech now? That's in the Bill of Rights, man.
Frank: I would defend their freedom of speech if I thought it was in jeopardy. I would defend their freedom of speech to tell uninspired, bigoted, blowjob, gay-bashing, racist and rape jokes all under the guise of being edgy, but that's not the edge. That's what sells. They couldn't possibly pander any harder or be more commercially mainstream, because this is the "Oh no, you didn't say that!" generation, where a shocking comment has more weight than the truth. No one has any shame anymore, and we're supposed to celebrate it. I saw a woman throw a used tampon at another woman last night on network television, a network that bills itself as "Today's Woman's Channel". Kids beat each other blind and post it on Youtube. I mean, do you remember when eating rats and maggots on Survivor was shocking? It all seems so quaint now. I'm sure the girls from "2 Girls 1 Cup" are gonna have their own dating show on VH-1 any day now. I mean, why have a civilization anymore if we no longer are interested in being civilized?
You can watch the scene here www.youtube.com/watch?v=52EnTt…
I don't want humor or comedy to become a sterile play it safe shell of what it could be, I do want comedy to challenge people but in my eyes humor should be punching UP not down and that is where the problem stems, we have too much humor that punches down. We take pot shots at the marginalized, worst off and those that suffer injustice for a cheap laugh and to prove how “edgy” we are rather than using comedy to swing at the other side, to poke at these issues and dissect them.
And like Frank said that so called “Edgy” stick it to evil hippy liberal PC gone mad SJW white knight scum isn't the edge, it's what sells, it's pretty much the mainstream. People are not “Row row” fighting the power here, they are the power but in their own eyes they can't see that and nobody ever sees or wants to see themselves as the bad guy in their mind.
So when I see this debate over Censorship “Political correctness.” and other clickbait issues I sort of wonder that maybe we're having the wrong debate.
I'm not calling for censorship or some clean safe form of humor but like it's been said.
Let's punch up rather than down.