History MediaWatchdog / WesternAnimation

11th May '17 10:15:56 PM Kadorhal
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* The ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "It Hits the Fan" was meant to push the limits of censorship, since the characters utter the word "shit" ''162 times'', even using a counter at the bottom of the screen to indicate exactly how many times it was said. The plot of the episode itself spoofed the hooplah over the use of the phrase "Shit happens" on ''NYPDBlue'': overuse of the word "shit" following its appearance on the ShowWithinAShow ''Cop Drama'' ends up spreading a horrible plague and letting loose a dragon, which is battled by the ancient Knights of Standards and Practices.
** Similar to the above example, but thrown against the MPAA, ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut'' was originally designed to test just how far they could take an R-rated movie before it became NC-17. The answer was made clear in the film: "Remember what the MPAA says: Horrific, deplorable violence is okay, as long as people don't say any naughty words! That's what this war is all about!"
*** The MPAA also made them change the original title, "South Park: All Hell Breaks Loose" because of the word 'hell'. (Having "Hell" in the title would have meant the trailers could only be shown accompanying R- or NC-17–rated movies; at the time, movie trailers were either G or R, there was no PG or PG-13 middle ground.) The implications of "[[BiggusDickus Bigger, Longer, and Uncut]]" were hilariously lost on them.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' is pretty much RefugeInAudacity by this point.
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episode "It Hits the Fan" was meant to push the limits of censorship, since the characters utter the word "shit" ''162 times'', even using a counter at the bottom of the screen to indicate exactly how many times it was said. The plot of the episode itself spoofed the hooplah over the use of the phrase "Shit happens" on ''NYPDBlue'': ''Series/NYPDBlue'': overuse of the word "shit" following its appearance on the ShowWithinAShow ''Cop Drama'' ends up spreading a horrible plague and letting loose a dragon, which is battled by the ancient Knights of Standards and Practices.
** Similar to the above example, but thrown against the MPAA, ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark: ''South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut'' was originally designed to test just how far they could take an R-rated movie before it became NC-17. The answer was made clear in the film: "Remember what the MPAA says: Horrific, deplorable violence is okay, as long as people don't say any naughty words! That's what this war is all about!"
*** The MPAA also made them change the original title, "South Park: All Hell Breaks Loose" because of the word 'hell'. (Having 'hell' (having "Hell" in the title would have meant the trailers could only be shown accompanying R- or NC-17–rated movies; at the time, movie trailers were either G or R, there was no PG or PG-13 middle ground.) ground). The implications of "[[BiggusDickus Bigger, Longer, and Uncut]]" were hilariously lost on them.



** ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' is pretty much RefugeInAudacity by this point.
6th Apr '17 8:28:18 AM FromtheWordsofBR
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*** In another Video Segment, they watch a Video that has a ManOnFire. Beavis is totally overwhelmed with delight that he couldn't say anything intelligible, and when Butthead questions him, he didn't even remember what happened.

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*** In another Video Segment, video segment, they watch a Video that has the music video to Wax's "California", which shows a ManOnFire. Beavis is totally overwhelmed with delight that he couldn't say anything intelligible, and when Butthead questions him, he didn't even remember what happened.
7th Jan '17 3:01:08 PM nombretomado
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** The ''WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}}'' cartoon also spoofed Creator/{{ABC}}'s Broadcast Standards and Practices in one episode, where a bossy fairy-godmother figure named Goody Two-Shoes, sent from the Bureau of Sweetness and Prissiness (BS&P), ordered the gang to clean up their act, and eventually used her magic to briefly turn the show into a syrupy SitCom à la ''LeaveItToBeaver''.

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** The ''WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}}'' cartoon also spoofed Creator/{{ABC}}'s Broadcast Standards and Practices in one episode, where a bossy fairy-godmother figure named Goody Two-Shoes, sent from the Bureau of Sweetness and Prissiness (BS&P), ordered the gang to clean up their act, and eventually used her magic to briefly turn the show into a syrupy SitCom à la ''LeaveItToBeaver''.''Series/LeaveItToBeaver''.
29th Dec '16 11:31:13 AM nombretomado
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* Similar to ''The Gong Show'' and ''Looney Tunes'' examples, this was the method BruceTimm and PaulDini used to outwit the censors with their work on the DCAnimatedUniverse. If they made a sequence that got banned, they would take it and replace it with something worse. They never noticed. The Joker's [[NightmareFuel Joker Toxin]] was invented entirely because the writers were mad about not getting to show Joker actually kill people.

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* Similar to ''The Gong Show'' and ''Looney Tunes'' examples, this was the method BruceTimm and PaulDini used to outwit the censors with their work on the DCAnimatedUniverse.Franchise/DCAnimatedUniverse. If they made a sequence that got banned, they would take it and replace it with something worse. They never noticed. The Joker's [[NightmareFuel Joker Toxin]] was invented entirely because the writers were mad about not getting to show Joker actually kill people.
29th Dec '16 8:18:05 AM DustSnitch
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** Of course, ever since SOPA/PIPA, she more resembles the MPAA nowadays...
24th Nov '16 9:57:06 AM nombretomado
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** The ''AttackOfTheKillerTomatoes'' series features a regular character known as The Censor Lady who constantly butts in to demand the characters behave in a more kid-friendly fashion.

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** The ''AttackOfTheKillerTomatoes'' ''WesternAnimation/AttackOfTheKillerTomatoes'' series features a regular character known as The Censor Lady who constantly butts in to demand the characters behave in a more kid-friendly fashion.
21st Sep '16 6:29:58 PM nombretomado
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* ''BeakmansWorld'': Fear of the Media Watchdogs was one of the contributing factors as to why the show saved answering the most popular question sent into the show, "Why do we fart?", for the very last segment, after the show was canned for good. After all, they couldn't cancel the show twice...[[UnCanceled or could they?]]

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* ''BeakmansWorld'': ''Series/BeakmansWorld'': Fear of the Media Watchdogs was one of the contributing factors as to why the show saved answering the most popular question sent into the show, "Why do we fart?", for the very last segment, after the show was canned for good. After all, they couldn't cancel the show twice...[[UnCanceled or could they?]]
24th Jun '16 5:48:31 PM nombretomado
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** The ''TinyToonAdventures'' episode "Washingtoon" dealt with a media watchdog destroying Acme Acres to prevent the further existence of funny cartoons. Of course, this is a show that openly mentions network censors in the theme song, so...

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** The ''TinyToonAdventures'' ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' episode "Washingtoon" dealt with a media watchdog destroying Acme Acres to prevent the further existence of funny cartoons. Of course, this is a show that openly mentions network censors in the theme song, so...
19th May '16 3:33:24 PM SickBoy
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** When ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'' did away with Beavis' pyromania-induced CatchPhrase of "Fire! Fire! Fire!" they replaced it with him shouting "Water! Water! Water!" whenever he saw a large body of it as a not-too-subtle jab at the censors. When Senator Fritz Hollings (D- S.C.) tried to cite the pair as a bad influence on kids, but misidentified them as "Beaver and Buffcoat", the animators used it as an in-joke, coming from the mouth of a ''prison inmate''.

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** When ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'' did away with Beavis' pyromania-induced CatchPhrase of "Fire! Fire! Fire!" they replaced it with him shouting "Water! Water! Water!" whenever he saw a large body of it as a not-too-subtle jab at the censors. When Senator Fritz Hollings (D- S.C.) tried to cite the pair as a bad influence on kids, but misidentified them as "Beaver and Buffcoat", "Buffcoat & Beaver", the animators used it as an in-joke, coming from the mouth of a ''prison inmate''.
29th Apr '16 4:29:04 AM aye_amber
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** During the first two seasons of ''{{Reboot}}'' (which is actually a Canadian show, but the concept is the same), several jokes were made at the expense of ABC's Broadcast Standards and Practices Department (BS&P). These include a weapon that fires life rafts being labeled "[=BSnP=] Approved", and a [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed thinly-disguised parody]] of the VillagePeople singing a song to the tune of "YMCA" about the BS&P.

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** During the first two seasons of ''{{Reboot}}'' (which is actually a Canadian show, but the concept is the same), several jokes were made at the expense of ABC's Broadcast Standards and Practices Department (BS&P). These include a weapon that fires life rafts being labeled "[=BSnP=] Approved", and a [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed thinly-disguised parody]] of the VillagePeople Music/VillagePeople singing a song to the tune of "YMCA" about the BS&P.
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