Is South Park so offensive that this park should change their name?

@shywolf (4520)
United States
January 20, 2007 6:21pm CST
A park in Marysville, Ohio that had affectionately become known as "South Park" is now having it's name changed to "Greenwood Park" simply because officials from the Parks and Recreation Commission in Marysville feel that having their park associated with the show "South Park" is 'inappropriate'. What do you think? More here: http://www.davesdaily.com/out.php?id=23764&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.modbee.com%2F24hour%2Fweird%2Fv-dp_evening%2Fstory%2F3476886p-12714624c.html
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@missyd79 (3438)
• United States
21 Jan 07
south park is a offensive show and i could see why the park would want it's name to be changed. i do not blame them
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@shywolf (4520)
• United States
2 Feb 07
I understand where you're coming from. I mean, there have been some pretty crazy episodes of South Park. I admit that I used to watch it for several years. It really didn't offend me because I am not an easily offended person. But I can see how it would offend others. I just don't quite get how changing the name of the park is going to really change anything, though. It's not like the park was named after the show in the first place, and I'm sure that park had the name before the TV show existed. But if it makes the townspeople happier, then so be it! I just wonder if it really was voted on.
@lifeiseasy (2292)
• United States
21 Jan 07
I personally don't watch this show because I have seen previews for it and it is inapporpiate for my 2 yr. old and I have heard a few things from friends as well,as for the park I think I would do the same I like the new name Greenwood, its good.
• United States
21 Jan 07
i like it it funyy but ya it is inapporpiate
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@villageanne (8554)
• United States
21 Jan 07
I am not familar with the park but I do know that people's preceptions of places are influenced by TV shows quite frequently.
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@shywolf (4520)
• United States
2 Feb 07
I definitely see your point, villageanne. I did feel that the town's decision to change the name of the park from South Park was a bit extreme, though. It just seems like there is no way that it having that name would have caused the park to have less visitors. I think that most people would realize that the park wasn't named based on the tv show. I know that the show is pretty controversial, but I still don't see the harm in having a park with that name. Especially if the park had it's name before the TV show, which I am sure was the case. ^_^
@rsmith512 (1561)
• United States
1 Feb 07
I think that it is such a waste of time to do that. Just because South Park the television show is offensive in its language doesn't mean that the park is offensive. It is like saying that you wanted to change your name because you knew someone that had the same name and they were offensive and rude. But, you wanted to drop everything that you were working on or need to do just because you need to change your name! That is just silly, huh? But, Greenwood Park is a great name. I use to like near a Greenwood Park, Greenwood Middle School, and Elementary. And, a Greenwood Park sundivision where we lived!! Haha. LOL :DD
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@shywolf (4520)
• United States
2 Feb 07
I enjoyed your story of having so many places near you with the name Greenwood, lol! And you already have a Greenwood park. SO if you also had a south Park and they wanted to change the name, they sure couldn't change it to Greenwood where you live, could they! Heh ^_^ I agree that changing the name of the park is like one person wanting to change their name because they met someone with the same name who is rude and offensive. I would hate to think of anyone going to all that trouble over a name ^_^
• Canada
21 Jan 07
Very... odd... For a town to switch it's name just because the show south park has the same name But really, i think that it was a good idea because if they hadn't done so there reputation would have gone down the drain because people would be like, isn't that that crazy place in that TV show. On the other hand they are taking this too seriously i mean it's just a show and alot of... offensive stuff goes ont here. But that doesn't mean anything goes wrong at the real place...
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@shywolf (4520)
• United States
2 Feb 07
Yes, anyone who thinks that things would go wrong or be offensive at a park simply because it's name is like that of a popular but somewhat controversial tv show, seems to have their head not on their shoulders straight to me! *laugh* I agree that it was pretty strange of the town to think about changing the name.
@sanell (2114)
• United States
21 Jan 07
home is where South park is - South Park is a home that should not be changed in its name at all
that actually is kind of dumb, we have a south park area where we live and everytime I drive by the sign to get to that place I laugh a little, I think it is cool to have a great and successful show be named from the town that maybe inspired it.
@shywolf (4520)
• United States
2 Feb 07
I love that you guys have a South Park where you live and that no one has yet thought to get up in arms about it and want to change the name. It just seems silly to me to think about changing the name of something because a tv show that some find offensive has come on the air with the same name. Oh well! ^_^
@pagli84 (1850)
• Netherlands
21 Jan 07
i dont know, i think it is offensive in some ways, but its just an adult comedy show. nothing in it should be taken to heart. its all in good fun, and i actually enjoy watching it! i think its kinda ridiculous that the town is changing its name. i mean, if the show is that offensive then every "eric cartman" in the world should change his name too.
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@shywolf (4520)
• United States
2 Feb 07
What a thought! I can't imagine someone changing their name just because it resembles someone's from the cartoon. But you've got me curious as to just how many Eric Cartmans' there are out there in the world! I mean, Eric is a pretty common name, and Cartman is definitely an acceptable last name. And an even better question is, has anyone with the last name of Cartman purposely named their son "Eric" since the TV series came on air, lol! That would definitely be the reverse of someone changing the name of a park to deassociate it with the show! ^_^
@uath13 (8204)
• United States
21 Jan 07
I think their stretching things a bit. Not like they've got statues of the characters about or anything.
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@shywolf (4520)
• United States
2 Feb 07
I like your answer! I actually think that they could draw a lot of visitors by opening a park _themed_ on South Park and having statues of the characters around. Goodness knows, I would find it amusing to see a twenty foot high statue of Cartman! *laugh* And just imagine the rides at such a park, lol! But anyway, of course, something like that would have to be given approval by the creators of the south Park series.
• United States
21 Jan 07
I really like South Park, and I would get a kick out of having a park in my town by the same name. But the thing is, South Park the show is a town, and South Park, Ohio is pretty much just a park. I mean, it's a good idea to have a name change if the park doesn't want to be associated with the show, but I don't think it was necessary.
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@shywolf (4520)
• United States
2 Feb 07
I agree with you that it doesn't seem necessary for a park to change it's name simply because it shares the name with a somewhat offensive cartoon series. People are adult enough to realize that the park is not actually afilliated with the cartoon. I do wonder if any of this was like a publicity stunt for the town. What do you think about that idea? It might drum up more business, like bringing more tourists to their park and their town, if they get in the national news with this story.
@ESKARENA1 (18299)
21 Jan 07
if they are changing their name i think they are taking things way too seriously, what next will springfield change its name? hahaha where do we stop. I once heard that the city of Manchester in England was seriously thinking about changing its name to person chester as not to offend anyone, i just think it is all getting out of hand
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@shywolf (4520)
• United States
2 Feb 07
Oh my gosh, Eskarena, are you serious about Manchester changing it's name? That's simply hilarious, and I can't believe that it would ever happen. Wow. I happen to love the name "Manchester", and think that replacing it with the name of Person Chester would be so silly! LOL. That is definitely an example of taking political correctness one step too far.
@Gruzzle (294)
21 Jan 07
I love Southpark , it has to be one of my favourite shows, but there's hardly any group that hasn't been mocked by them at some point, so I totally understand that there are some people that would hate to be associated with the show.
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@shywolf (4520)
• United States
2 Feb 07
I guess you're right, South Park has mocked an awful lot of groups of people. That is another valid reason why the town might have wanted to change the name of their park to something less 'colorful'. But I do think that there have been positive messages in some episodes of the cartoon, as well. And I still feel that the name may well have been a tourist draw. I wish that they hadn't felt the need to think about changing the park's name! ^_^
• Philippines
21 Jan 07
uhmm for me its a bit funny.. i love south park even lots of people are going against it. south park may have a bad attitude but in the end you can still see that they do teach you some lesson in a more clear and realistic manner. i think they are free to change the name of the park since its a public place. if that will make them feel better and think that i can bring a difference.
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@shywolf (4520)
• United States
2 Feb 07
I have to agree with you that there have been good morals at the end of some of the South Park episodes, even though they get to them in a controversial manner. I actually think that it could have helped the fame of this park not to change the name. They will probably get less visitors once they do change the name, if they change it. Oh well!
@missjackie (1358)
• Ypsilanti, Michigan
21 Jan 07
I think the people in that city are just overreating. The show is just simply awesome. Why would they want a park named after a funny show?
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@shywolf (4520)
• United States
2 Feb 07
I too have seen episodes of South Park that I thought were pretty amusing and awesome. In fact, if we had a park named South Park here I would probably want to check it out. On the other hand, I really do see how some people would be offended by the show South Park - but - I still do not feel that a park needs to change it's name simply becuase of that. It really does seem like a huge step to take just because of one little telvision show.
• United States
21 Jan 07
I think this has got to be the dumbest thing I've heard all day. Anyone who watches "South Park" knows that it is in Colorado, so there should be no confusion about it being a park in Ohio....But i guess the park district really beleives that people are just that stupid.
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@shywolf (4520)
• United States
2 Feb 07
It does seem strange to me, too, that this town thinks that people can't tell the difference between a park and a TV show. I mean, no matter where the real South Park show is meant to be located, it shouldn't matter if there is a park named South Park somewhere. After all, if some people don't agree with the values on the Simpsons, does that mean that every place named Springfield should change it's name, lol? We have a Springfield where I live, and I would be disheartened if they changed it's name! *laugH*
• United States
21 Jan 07
Well, the show South Park was made for inbred morons who can get a cheap laugh out of someone else being made fun of :P. So yes I would find it offensive. The name of the show, not the park. Heh.
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21 Jan 07
The thing about South Park it is for people who understand the humour. If you actually watch it properly it takes the pee out of the very people who stereotype races, cultures, religions and different issues. People who cannot grasp this concept are the ones who take offense and those who watch it are not inbred morans, although I'm sure there has been an episode on inbreds. Maybe by your comment you will be able to watch that episode as you think they are morons:)
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• Singapore
21 Jan 07
Yeh this is silly. Its not like people will actually thihk of this certain park as they do of South Park. Its a funny show and it would attract a few tourists, so what? I dont think they shouldve changed it. this is an extreme and is insulting.
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@shywolf (4520)
• United States
2 Feb 07
I think that you're right that leaving the name of the park as "South Park" would have attracted more tourists than it would have repelled. I also think that this whole idea was pretty extreme. I am also starting to wonder if, perhaps, this whole thing wasn't cooked up to get into the news so that they could draw more attention to their town and their park and get more visitors? It's always possible.
21 Jan 07
How funny. Obviously they feel that people are so thick they cannot differentiate between a park with trees and gardens to an adult cartoon show. I suppose I get their point. I may be thinking as I walk through this park that I might bump into Cartman or Mr Hankey. Although where I live I meet Mr Hankey everywhere in all the parks!! Is this being done so people don't loose touch with what is reality and what isn't. I have heard it all now. Theres a street in the UK called Mandela Road. Does this mean I will meet Mr Mandela if I walk down it? Sometimes I wonder who we need protecting from.
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• United States
21 Jan 07
That is just silly. Did they ever think it might help them get people to come there? Yes the show can bring up contriversial stuff sometimes. I even think they go to far sometimes. It's just a show though.
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@shywolf (4520)
• United States
2 Feb 07
LOL! You know, you've got an amazingly good point there. Having the name South Park is probably actually more likely to _gain_ the park visitors than to lose the park visitors. I can't imagine it driving people away in the droves that it might bring people around. And I agree, South Park is just a show. No matter the issues brought up on the show, it shouldn't really affect the name of a park so much!
• United States
21 Jan 07
"South Park" is not offensive to me, what is offensive to me is people who have zero sense of humor and people who do not spend time with their children educating them on what life is all about. What is offensive to me is stupidity and people who use religion and God as an excuse to get through life.
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@shywolf (4520)
• United States
2 Feb 07
I admit that i am also more offended by people who don't properly parent their children and use the television as babysitters for their kids than I am offended by the show South Park itself. In fact, I am really almost never truly offended by anything on television. I am just not an easily offended person. But you're right, it is sad that people ar wasting valuable time worrying about the name of a park when they could be looking after their kids and teaching them right from wrong.
@brokentia (10395)
• United States
21 Jan 07
Honestly, I think that is such a waste of time and funding to do such a thing. They are wasting time addressing this when other things with more meaning could be discussed. Then they are wasting funds because not only are their salaries funded by the taxed and brough back to wasting time, but now the signs will have to be changed and maps will be outdated. Then there are websites that could be directing someone to a South Park that does not exsist. I live in a town that has South Parks. There is a South Park Business Center, South Park Vet, South Park Self Storage, South Park Housing Community, and many other South Parks. I don't see anyone here getting upset. It is just a name. And just because one does not like the name of a show, does not make another place named the same bad.
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@rsmith512 (1561)
• United States
1 Feb 07
I totally agree! You put that in great words!! :D Just because South Park is offensive with its language, does not mean that where you live or the park you live by is offensive!! :D Great Job. :)
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