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Thu Nov 8, 2018, 03:20 PM

"South Park" apologizes to Al Gore and admits it was wrong about global warming

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South Park Studios is apologizing to Al Gore for years of ridicule. Him saying "I'm Cereal" while tracking "ManBearPig" and placing a cape on and pretending top fly while saying "Excelsior!"


In the new "South Park" episode "Time To Get Cereal," creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone do something particularly brave they admit that the premise of one of their most famous previous episodes was plumb wrong.

"Time To Get Cereal" is essentially a sequel to the 2006 "South Park" episode "ManBearPig," which depicted former Vice President Al Gore as an attention-seeking loser who tried to convince the world of the existence of a fictional monster that was "half man, half bear and half pig" in order to feel better about losing the presidency to George W. Bush in 2000. The undeniable subtext, of course, was that man-made climate change you know, the dire existential threat that the real Gore was warning everyone about was a hoax, and that Gore himself was a joke.

Trust me, I'm not reading into this. "South Park" had previously mocked the idea of man-made climate change in the 2005 episode "Two Days Before the Day After Tomorrow" and had taken smaller pot shots at the idea on subsequent occasions. And considering that Parker and Stone seem to take pride in being iconoclasts who will rip on the left and right with equal glee, one could have made the case that individuals who applaud them for ridiculing Republicans, Christian conservatives and corrupt politicians shouldn't get upset when they took a swipe at a liberal target.

Except, of course, for the fact that man-made global warming isn't some left-wing talking point. It is a scientific fact, one that needs to be acknowledged and addressed through intelligent policies to avoid worldwide catastrophe. Denying its reality, particularly when you are a popular comedy show with millions of viewers who interpret your satire as representing a deeper truth, was extremely irresponsible.


https://www.salon.com/2018/11/08/south-park-apologizes-to-al-gore-and-admits-it-was-wrong-about-global-warming/


They were merciless at times, especially when an amusement park is overrun by urine, and the SP kids are trapped in an underground cave.

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Response to TheBlackAdder (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2018, 03:35 PM

1. al gore was also ridiculed for going on and on about the "information superhighway"

and getting every government agency to put massive amounts of useful data on the "information superhighway".

what a geek.
what a nerd.
what a wonk.

then businesses started using that data to tailor their marketing, better determine where to open stores, make their products better, etc.

and people realized this "internet" thing was pretty cool and hugely useful.


but still, whenever the topic of al gore and the internet comes up, the only thing people can talk about is the right-wing lie that he ever claimed to have been the engineer who invented the technology behind the internet.


glad someone's finally giving him his due for all he's done and apologizing for the poor treatment he got, again and again.

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Response to TheBlackAdder (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2018, 03:40 PM

2. Not to mention their attacks on HRC

the Snuke episode was particularly egregious.

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Thu Nov 8, 2018, 03:46 PM

3. 'Bout time, eh? Thanks, TBA

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