Kenny, Kyle and a Trojan Jackass

In my rush to share Kenny's predicament with the world in my last post (below if you are on the index page) I didn't expect the image to resonate so wildy with either this blog as a resource or others. I got wind of the image off Yoshie Furuhashi's blog who got it from Boing Boing through a post by Cory Doctorow(as I listed). And since then The Disillusioned kid has disseminated the image from home in down town Nottingham UK.

So I hope Kenny appreciates his new found anti-war status as it is hardy de rigueur to be so partisan for the show he features in. In South Park's 100th aired episode(script here) Cartman is given the epistle:

Cartman:I learned somethin' today. This country was founded by some of the smartest thinkers the world has ever seen. And they knew one thing: that a truely great country can go to war, and at the same time, act like it doesn't want to. [a shot of the crowd] You people who are for the war, you need the protesters. Because they make the country look like it's made of sane, caring individuals. And you people who are anti-war, you need these flag-wavers, because, if our whole country was made up of nothing but soft pussy protesters, we'd get taken down in a second. That's why the founding fathers decided we should have both. It's called "having your cake and eating it too."

Which is made that little bit more digestible with this uptake under cover of the stars and stripes:

Randy: He's right. The strength of this country is the ability to do one thing and say another.
Skeeter: Yeah, but... if it weren't for all you guys protesting, why everyone around the world would hate the American people instead of just the President.

When the episode finishes with the general cry-- "For the war, against, the war, WHO CARES?? One hundred episodes!"-- you feel yourself being as cynical about South Park as its creators are about the rest of us.

At least Kenny, despite his mumbling, has since redeemed himself by being conscripted into protest mode at the behest of US military personnel serving in Iraq. Not to be outdone,Kyle already had a tour of duty he could lay claim to:

A patch featuring Kyle from South Park is showing up on helmet bags and off duty clothing in Afghanistan. It contains a drawing of South Park's Kyle with the inscription You Sent Me to Afghanistan You Bastards

A patch featuring Kyle from South Park which was showing up on helmet bags and off duty clothing in Afghanistan during 2004.


But if you want to know what is really at stake at this precious moment of antiwar time discourse check out what Stan Goff has to say about A Trojan Jackass for the Anti-War Movement which was a polemic Goff referred to in a letter to the Asia Pacific International Solidarity Conference which he attended here in Australia over Easter.

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