Comedy Central (and its corporate parent Viacom) have apparently caved in when confronted with complaints of religious correctness from some Catholics over an episode of South Park. As the Comcast article, “’South Park’ parked by complaints” notes:
Following the Dec. 7 season finale of South Park, titled "Bloody Mary," the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights slammed the network for its irreverent portrayal of church icons and sought to block the episode from being rebroadcast.
It appears the group may have met with success. A repeat of the finale was scheduled to air Wednesday night, but was pulled from the Comedy Central lineup without explanation.
South Park’s entire raison d’etre seems to be nose-thumbing of a very public sort at every sacred cow of American culture. Their attitude is likely that if everyone is pissed off at them—and it appears that nearly everyone is—then they must be doing something right. If it is acceptable to skewer gays, environmentalists, and the ghost of political correctness, then there should be no uproar when they take on organized religion.
If Viacom has any cojones, they’ll hype this episode and release it on a special DVD, as they did with The Passion of the Jew.