I guess these fans expected me to respond right away, because they became increasingly whiny. Too bad, crybabies...I'm approaching 12,000 blog postings and I don't have time to respond to everything.
But I finally felt like addressing these comments, so here they are with my responses:
Two minutes = one line?!
Let's start with a commenter who thought it was silly to criticize "one line" in the episode. By that he presumably meant the juvenile "Tardicaca Indians" name:
Most important, there was nothing whatsoever telling the viewer that this was a false or "satirical" view of Indians. The satire is entirely in your imagination, because it isn't in the clip. If you disagree, quote me the line that demonstrates to the viewers that this is a put-on.
Most of you anonymous cowards didn't even address the clip's content. Those who did suggested it indeed may have been stereotypical, but for a "good" reason. Namely, that South Park insults and offends everyone, so it's okay to do it to Indians too.
So let's start with the basic question you were too afraid to answer. Did the clip stereotype Indians? Answer yes or no and then we'll discuss whether the "reasons" justify the stereotyping.
South Park didn't mean it?
I'm glad you wrote "intended to be facetious." If Parker and Stone intended the Native stereotypes to be facetious, they didn't put that on the screen. Trying to read their minds is ridiculous compared to the fact of what's on display.
Apparently you all haven't watched a thousand stereotypical movies, TV shows, and cartoons like I have. Apparently you're clueless about the difference between presenting stereotypes and challenging them. South Park hasn't challenged the stereotypes it presented about Indians. Its "satirical" presentation is indistinguishable from straightforward stereotyping.
Commenters prove their ignorance
Two of you geniuses helped prove my point when you wrote:
And Indians would attack you if you trespassed? What, while you were driving on one of the many roads through their reservations? Perhaps to visit their casinos, resorts, or cultural centers? Do you really think reservations are tiny patches of land and Indians stand guard at their borders? With bows and arrows?
Alas, you're apparently unaware that "Injun" is considered an insult too. Thanks for demonstrating that you're ignorant if not racist, bright boy.
To everyone else, explain to your fellow morons that Indians aren't savage and violent as portrayed in South Park. Because they haven't gotten the message yet. Somehow they failed to understand that the Tardicaca bit was a "satire."
Why doesn't Rob criticize everyone
When a posting touches upon other groups--e.g., women, blacks, Latinos, Muslims, or gays--I'll often support those groups and attack their critics. If you haven't seen these postings, you haven't been reading long. Since I believe most of you came from a South Park forum, spare me your ignorance of my long history of criticism.
Bullshit. Hardly a post goes by without guesses and assumptions on your part about the people you criticize. Now, I don't expect you to do a thorough content analysis of 201 episodes of South Park, but most of the time about 30 seconds of googling would make your articles more factual and thus, more impactful.
"Offending everyone" still a guess
A few of you repeated the "equal-opportunity offender" defense without any attempt to justify it. So I'll simply repeat what I said before:
Don't bother telling me South Park is an equal-opportunity offender who insults every political, racial, and religious group equally. Unless you've done a study in which you tallied all the insults and compared them to US and world demographics, you're just guessing that South Park is evenhanded. Guesses [on this subject] don't interest me; facts do.
As for making my postings more factual, go ahead and give one example of an obvious and important fact I missed in any posting. I'm betting you can't, and this "criticism" of yours is nothing but childish chest-beating.
Clueless about video-sharing
In short, better luck next time, losers. When you have a question I can't answer, it'll be a red-letter day. Unfortunately for you, that hasn't happened yet.
For more on South Park, see Native Canadians in South Park and "Tardicaca Indians" in South Park
Below: An image from South Park's previous racist "satire" about Indians.