Culturally Insensitive Television Shows

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Reflective Journal #3
Elyse Phillips
Cabrini College

There are many shows on television these days that people would call culturally insensitive, such as the Jersey Shore, Tosh .0, Buckwild, 16 and Pregnant, the list could go on and on. But I think that one of the most culturally insensitive shows of all is South Park. It is a show that revolves around 4 4th graders in a small mountain town in Colorado. Most people in America have heard of South Park or watched it because it relates to current events and real world scenarios. However the humor used can be crude and insensitive to populations in America or all over the world. One of the many culturally insensitive scenarios they use is how they portray Canadians, the creators of South Park make the Canadians look different and stupid compared to the Americans on the show, so it is emphasized how weird Canadians are. That is insensitive because they look no different than us. Another way they also have one black child in 4th graders school and his name is Token because he is the ‘token’ black character for the T.V. show. They also make snarky comments towards Jewish people because one of the main characters, Kyle, is Jewish. South Park makes fun of essentially every class, every race and ethnicity in America. They make fun of celebrities in particular such as when they turned Snooki from the Jersey Shore into a horrible monster. South Park makes culturally insensitivity for the purpose of humor absolutely absurd almost to point out the irony of reality and how culturally insensitive the real world actually is. Many people get upset with some of the episodes of South Park because they really push the limits with what they make fun of. But I think the most culturally insensitive portion of the show was when the creators showed images of Muhammad in one of their episodes in order to mock a Dutch political cartoonist’s image of Muhammad, which started riots in Europe. They were just poking the sleeping bear in...
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