We are a house divided when it comes to South Park. My wife hates it. And her moral barometer still works, so I should probably concede to her opinion on the matter. But, I generally like watching the show. Foul-mouthed and belligerent as it may be, I’m always fascinated by the show’s multi-layered (albeit, completely obscene) approach to social commentary.
Case in point. During last week’s season premiere one of the show’s main characters – Eric Cartman – contracted the HIV virus through a blood transfusion. While the thought of an eight-year-old suffering with AIDS is about the furthest thing from funny one could possibly think of, the show used the storyline to speak frankly about the AIDS epidemic and how it has managed to slip off the radar for most Americans.
So it raises the question; Have we stopped caring about AIDS in America? If so, why?