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'South Park' pokes fun at Penn State problems

Mr. Adams makes Kenny and his siblings uncomfortable with a series of Penn State jokes on "South Park."

There’s no topic too taboo for “South Park” creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker. They’ve proved time and time again that they’re willing to “go there” on their show with almost any current event, no matter how sensitive the subject. Wednesday night’s season finale, which was packed with one-liners about the Penn State scandal, was no exception.

When a beer-fueled rage led to the arrests of Ma and Pa McCormick, Kenny and his siblings were left to the mercy of one not-so-reassuring social worker.

“I’ve been looking over my file and see you kids have all been horribly physically and emotionally abused,” Mr. Adams began. “Oh, whoops! That isn’t your case file. It’s the Penn State University Gazette. Ha! I’m joking. That’s just a joke. We like to have fun here. It is your case file. I was all just like, ‘It’s the Penn State Gazette,’ to be like a joke. We have fun.”

But the wannabe comedian didn’t stop there. When Kenny’s little sister wouldn’t stop crying, he really let the inappropriate zingers fly.

“I’m going to get you to smile!” he cheered. “A Penn State administrator walks into a bar … Where’s that smile? How about this one? Joe Paterno doesn’t walk into a police station… C’mon, that’s a good one!”

What did you think of the jokes? Should the subject be off limits for laughs, or did the “South Park” creators handle it well by giving all the offensive lines to one annoying character? Share your thoughts on our Facebook page.


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