Blame Canada!: South Park and Popular Culture / Edition 1 available in Hardcover
Now running into its tenth season, South Park has still not "jumped the shark". Satirically edgier than The Simpsons, South Park responds immediately to cultural controversies: four days after Saddam Hussein's capture, an episode lampooned it, and the show has no fear in tackling subjects as divisive and outlandish as Terry Schiavo, The Passion of the Christ, Tom Cruise's alleged homosexuality, and Michael Jackson. Its mixture of iconoclasm, cultural referents, and intertextuality makes it the perfect lens through which to examine contemporary popular culture in America - and television's role in the creation of that culture.
Blame Canada! is a smart, readable book that will appeal to the show's many fans, placing the show in a tradition of fearless and often foul-mouthed satire dating back as far as Rabelais.
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About the Author
Toni Johnson-Woods is President of the Pop Culture Association of Australia (PopCANNZ) and Senior Lecturer in the English, Media Studies and Art History School at the University of Queensland.
Table of Contents
Author's Note Chewbacca Defence
Introduction - Yesterday's future is today
Section I - Oh My God
1. Who cares about a guy that makes beer?: History
2. Towelie Ban: In the Media
3. Trapper Keeper: Internet &Fandom
4. Phase 1 Collect Underpants: Marketing
Section 2 You Killed Kenny!
I South Park A jihad on Family Guy
5. Warping Fragile Little Minds: The Show
6. Ending Fart Sequence: Humour
7. Barnaby Jones as Cultural Text: Intertextuality
8. Token, Give me a Sweet Bass Line: Music
II The South Park World Only Stupid People
9. Pissant American Town : The Community
10. Kick the Baby: The Characters
11. Teaching Children to Despise Paris Hilton: The Celebrities
III Issues Respect My Authoritay
12. Democrats Piss Me Off: Politics
13. When it comes to a spelling bee, always bet on a Jew or Black People in China: Stereotyping
14. Blessed Art Thou: Religion
15. South Park is Totally Gay: Gender
16. No, Kitty, That's My Pot Pie: Food and Drink
Conclusion You Know, I've Learned Something Today