Who is Dana Schwartz?
If you work in the Entertainment industry, or read snarky Gen-Y books about vacations, or read She-Hulk (of which she has written at least one issue thus far), or have listened to the Podcast Noble Blood Tales, then you have some knowledge of who she is.
If you are one of the millions of South Park fans who woke up last week to find that Schwartz had given her opinion about the show and criticized the Comedy Central animated series as having (a) caused irreparable cultural damage to society, that (b) mockery is the easiest and fastest way to battle criticism and, if you believe the dozens of YouTube videos claiming she’s out to cancel the series, ruin the world and destroy Trey and Matt, that South Park is the most evil creation of white males in the history of white males.
Since Schwartz’ original criticism on Twitter, and the inordinate amount of YouTube retorts (both hilarious, critical and mean), she’s received death threats, e-mail attacks and the normal par-is-for-the-course of Internet responses to opinions about beloved entertainment properties.
But that’s not really the story here. The story is…how does a show that launched in 1997 with over 300 episodes since then, and lampooned, teased, vilified and criticized every person, brand, show and movie known-to-man…have a fan base who has overblown anger issues when it comes to someone criticizing, teasing and vilifying their beloved animated comedy program?
Let’s categorize this post under the tag hypocrites.
We’re all passionate about certain brands. We’re all super defensive about our baby Yodas and our Cartmans and our Heisenbergs and our little Ponies and our Marvels and our DCs and our thises and our thats. But the minute someone comes for our beloved babies; the ones that define ourselves and our lives and make us feel better about ourselves and our lives, we come out swinging.
But can’t we all just step off?
Everybody’s got a right to an opinion. Even us. Hell, we told John Boyega to shut up, and thousands of you came out of the woodwork to argue with us about it. Earlier, in January, I leveraged some intel from insiders in the Lucasfilm and Disney camp to reveal an impending 192-minute J.J. Abrams cut of The Rise of Skywalker and over 150,000 of you came running to argue, defend or vilify us for running with such a story. Which you had the right to do.
But we can vilify you for taking it so seriously.
Which is clearly the case with Dana Schwartz and her innocuous opinion about South Park and its impact on society, which has incidentally been shared by thousands of other people over the course of the 300+ episodes.
So again. Step off, people.
If you are going to embrace a show that makes fun of, vilifies and lampoons every aspect of society, then when society comes to do the same thing to your beloved show, you should have a sense of humor about it.
Or, you know…in the immortal words of Cartman?