So I just saw a few different parts of the episode of south park that talks about Family Guy being cancelled for showing Muahmad or something. My roommate was getting very angsty at me, saying the episode made people "realize how formulaic family guy is" and "is the reason a lot of people stopped watching family guy." which is stupid to me, because...yeah Family Guy is formulaic, and if you didn't realize that, you're an idiot, but further more, South Park gets all preachy about all manner of political this and that, that's what it does, and they chose, in this episode, to get preachy about....family guy...cuz they were annoyed about people comparing them to it....and apparently think it's a bad show... ::shrug:: Why get uppity and preachy about Family Guy (not to defend family guy, it's an amusing stupid show, I could care less)? They weren't even talking about how they think the show is too offensive without any purpose, they were just saying "look how our jokes are relevant to the plot and that makes us superior." Which just makes them look whiny and like the kid who goes "I'm not just like Joey STOP it! Joey's a fuckin' JOKE man, I HATE that kid!" Because...in reality...he's a dead ringer for Joey, sure he's blonde and Joey's brunette, and sure he doesn't choke on his own tongue while eating jello like Joey does...but man, he's a lot like Joey. Mostly, I really don't care, but Jesse was getting really defensive about it, and made me watch parts of the episode of south park to 'prove his point'. And we had this whole debate about how "don't you ever like something and then someone points out to you why it's bad, and you realize it's bad?" and I was like "no...I'm pretty critical of stuff, and I usually like what I like and notice it's flaws too." I had this metaphor about thinking a statue is beautiful, but then someone points out a crack in it, and I was like "damn it! why did you show me that crack! Now I can't stop focusing on it! but in reality it's still beautiful" and Jesse was like "no, now it's garbage" and I was like "I don't know, I think you can recognize the crack and love the statue, and maybe for a little while you can't stop seeing the flaw, but then you can go back to seeing it for itself again." He brought up taking a music class and realizing that stuff he liked wasn't good afterwards. I think that sounds like elitist-pressure, like you decide that since you've been educated you're no longer allowed to partake of the philistine joys you once adored. I'm totally arrogant and elitist about stupid shit sometimes, absolutely. I criticize everything all of the time, but I can enjoy Harry Potter for the fun of it, and possibly due to what you could call education, that is, having read better things, realize it's not great literature at the same time.
Anyway, I guess my point is I'm wondering if people are really so uncomfortable in their own judgements of things that South Park could actually be considered responsible for making people stop watching family guy, by showing them why, in their opinion, it's bad...the notion just seems bizarre to me that people really don't know what they like to that extent.