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'South Park' Steve Irwin Episode: Bloggers React
Cartoon depiction of Crocodile Hunter branded sick and tasteless
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Published 2006-10-28 20:05 (KST)   
Trey Parker and Matt Stone, makers of "South Park," love to shock viewers, but this time have they gone too far?

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In an episode of the cartoon recently broadcast in the U.S., Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin is shown attending a Halloween party with Princess Diana, Adolf Hitler and the Notorious B.I.G.

The Australian naturalist is depicted in a blood-stained khaki shirt with a stingray sticking out of his chest.

Critics worldwide have slammed "South Park" for its "callous disrespect" of Irwin's grieving family.

A spokesman for the show weakly defended the epidode, saying: "We have offended people in the past and probably will again. We know that regular watchers will not be shocked."

Reactions from some bloggers were muted. Eli Blake wrote:

"Yes the 'South Park' episode was tasteless. But I bet it gets good ratings, and that is what TV execs look at. And not favoring censorship as a remedy, I would simply suggest that it is up to viewers if they find it tasteless to not watch it."

In Canada, Greg of DingoRue.com said:

"I, personally, don't think it was that bad. It is awfully soon for them to be going after Irwin already, but they kept it short and didn't go overboard with the bit. It was a tasteful as tasteful can be on 'South Park' and, to be honest, it wasn't even that funny by 'South Park' standards."

Some Irwin fans may find that like blogger Bud Guffey they no longer want to watch the controversial cartoon.

"Until yesterday, I was a huge fan of 'Southpark.' I bought their season DVDs, the movie, I've had a few of the video games, and I've even owned other merchandise. .. However, last night, the boys portrayed something that finally got to me...That is not only sick, but it's ...stupid. I mean, his kids are going to have to deal with that when they get older, and this is not the kind of [thing] they need to be seeing."

"It's very sad that he lost his life so early. It's people like him that make the world a better place. To his family, friends, and fans, I can only offer my condolences. To Trey Parker and Matt Stone, well...it's not even worth wasting my time."
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