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How does the TV programme South park get away with IT?

 
 
Reply Tue 6 Jan, 2015 04:15 pm
Serious question, I've always wondered how South park gets away with the things they do? Like they take the mick out of celebrities but surely that's like copyright? Do they sign a contract or something? They also take the mick out of disabled people and the racism is high, Ive even seen one episode taking the mick out of cancer!!!!! How on earth do they get away with this? I tried googling but I haven't found any helpful information?
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bobsal u1553115
 
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Reply Tue 6 Jan, 2015 04:38 pm
Smoke and mirrors. and some high priced lawyers. And they've been profitable. Verrry profitable. And that goes a long way.
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hingehead
 
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Reply Tue 6 Jan, 2015 05:30 pm
@Lovepink1234,
Easy. Taking the mick is satire and they're protected by the first amendment. The only the line they have to fear is inciting hate acts - and they are always careful not to - in fact they manage to take the piss out of the hateful things they say - a bit in the Colbert vein.

farmerman
 
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Reply Tue 6 Jan, 2015 08:22 pm
@hingehead,
I know that Trey Prker apologized for any attacks they made at Tom Cruise and other Scientologists because Parker amitted to being a minion of the Dark Lord XENU.
Ya hdda see "Tom Cruise Trapped in the Closet"
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FBM
 
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Reply Tue 6 Jan, 2015 08:27 pm
@hingehead,
Exactly. As long as it's clearly satire, it's protected.
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hingehead
 
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Reply Tue 6 Jan, 2015 08:39 pm
There's a semi-similar thing going on now - where a councilman Kirby Delauter is threatening a newspaper with legal action if they use his name without permission. Which is pretty freakin' funny. Massively clueless. The paper's hilarious editorial riposte is well worth a read:

Delauter to The News-Post: Don't use my name without permission
roger
 
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Reply Tue 6 Jan, 2015 09:36 pm
@hingehead,
An artful dodge. Ain't gonna work, but why not try to give them a hard way to go?
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izzythepush
 
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Reply Wed 7 Jan, 2015 03:31 am
The world of South Park is fictional, people are being mocked but in a fictional setting. If Kanye West took sued them because they said he was a gay fish, he would be laughed out of court. Similarly Elton John has not taken legal action against Viz magazine, because the situations they put him in are completely ludicrous.

http://viz.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/011_viz157_elton.jpg

http://viz.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/050_viz162_elton_v02.jpg

http://viz.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/014_viz210_elton.jpg
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Lustig Andrei
 
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Reply Wed 7 Jan, 2015 01:19 pm
I'm still trying to figure out what "take the mick out" means. Is that a Britishism?
ehBeth
 
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Reply Wed 7 Jan, 2015 01:27 pm
@Lustig Andrei,
Quote:
take the mick/mickey (British & Australian informal)
to make people laugh at someone, usually by copying what they do or say in a way that seems funny

They used to take the mick out of him because of the way he walked.

I thought you were being serious - I didn't realise you were taking the mickey. (British & Australian informal)


http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/Take+the+mickey
Lordyaswas
 
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Reply Wed 7 Jan, 2015 01:29 pm
@ehBeth,
Also known as extracting the Michael.

Wot? £5 for a pint of beer? Are you extracting the Michael?
hingehead
 
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Reply Wed 7 Jan, 2015 01:37 pm
@Lustig Andrei,
It's used throughout the commonwealth andy, a polite version of taking the piss https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taking_the_piss

I hadn't realised it was rhyming slang. Who was Mickey Bliss?

I can't find an american equivalent. It seems lots of people struggle with this one

www.yelp.co.uk/topic/london-explaining-the-term-taking-the-piss-to-an-american

Right now my best guess is something like 'are you punking me?'

Ie are you doing this to make fun of me or just generally be a pain in the ass?
Lordyaswas
 
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Reply Wed 7 Jan, 2015 01:53 pm
@hingehead,
"Who was Mickey Bliss?"


He was on the Radio, I think.
izzythepush
 
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Reply Wed 7 Jan, 2015 02:08 pm
@Lordyaswas,
Not any more, now he's probably in Strangeways.
ehBeth
 
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Reply Wed 7 Jan, 2015 02:10 pm
@hingehead,
hingehead wrote:

It's used throughout the commonwealth


errr no

not in Canada eh
Lordyaswas
 
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Reply Wed 7 Jan, 2015 02:14 pm
@izzythepush,
Ha!
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Lordyaswas
 
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Reply Wed 7 Jan, 2015 02:31 pm
@ehBeth,
"not in Canada"

But Canada isn't commonwealth, ehbeth.

Canada is poshwealth.
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farmerman
 
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Reply Wed 7 Jan, 2015 02:41 pm
@Lordyaswas,
Quote:
Wot? £5 for a pint of beer? Are you extracting the Michael?

So , if I my.
Is it the equivalent of' "ARE YOU SHITTIN ME?"
Lordyaswas
 
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Reply Wed 7 Jan, 2015 02:44 pm
@farmerman,
I suppose so, but we would never swear.

Ahem.


It's like a McEnroe "You cannot be serious".

Someone from the Sarf of England would probably say .....

"Wot? £5 a pint? You're 'avin a larf aintcha mate?"
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hingehead
 
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Reply Wed 7 Jan, 2015 02:52 pm
@ehBeth,
Oh no, you'll have to go in an edit wikipedia.
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