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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2006-12-05 16:51
  Subject:   Reason magazine interviews Matt & Trey.

Reason: Do you find yourself facing more restrictions on what you can do now or when you started out?

Parker: It started last Christmas when we did an episode—it was really an episode about alcoholism, but it happened to have a statue of the Virgin Mary shitting blood on the Pope.

Stone: So it wasn’t really about that.

Parker: Yeah. It was really saying these things about A.A., but that was the first episode that a Catholic group got really upset about, and Comedy Central pulled it [from the rerun schedule]. We were like, "Wow, that’s never happened." Then a few months after that, suddenly they were pulling the Tom Cruise episode.

On one hand, we’re thinking, "We’re living in a pretty different time now. All this stuff’s getting pulled off the air." On the other hand, we’re thinking, "Well, the Virgin Mary IS shitting blood on the Pope."

Stone: Our point was that if you’re going to pull this off for offending somebody, you don’t have any episodes of South Park left. Somebody will complain about every single episode.


Besides just potty humor, the full interview has some interesting stuff about how Viacom tried to kill the Scientology-mocking episode, and how it didn't work because of fans and YouTube.
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