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Sunday, January 27, 2008

Crimes & misdemeanours

Kenny vs. Spenny is a really, really dumb show. Produced by Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the libertarian duo responsible for South Park, it's a show about two Canadians who get into stupid competitions with one another like who can fart the loudest, who can go the longest without using their arms, and first one to talk loses, and so on. The loser suffers some sort of humiliation, but you don't need the details. The show is filmed in Canada and, in the credits, thanks the government of Canada and the government of Ontario for their financial support (I could go on a rant about this, but I won't.)

There is one episode, however, that I found particularly interesting. It's called "Who can commit more crimes?" That's the premise, and the contest. Turns out a whole pile of nonsense counts as a crime nowadays, and the fact that you may have broken some laws without even knowing it is worth talking about. What follows is part 1 of 3 embedded. There are links for parts 2 and 3 if you decide you want to watch the whole episode.

Click here for Part 2

Click here for Part 3

(Why do we have so many dumb laws?)

Posted by P.M. Jaworski on January 27, 2008 in Crime | Permalink


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I feel dirty. Not only did I watch the first part of the episode you posted, but I went and watched the other parts, too.

Hilarious, actually. When it was done, I told my American girlfriend that the show was sponsored by both the guys who make South Park and the government of Canada.

She thought that was pretty neat. And I know you explicitly avoided going down this road in your initial post, Peter, but _is_ it neat? Do most Canadians know their government is sponsoring a show where frequent uses of the F-word are punctuated only by a man's attempt to molest a dog?

Really, this gets back to the whole HRC mess. It seems like most Canadians don't know what their government is up to. How many of the government's activities survive only because they haven't been held up to public scrutiny yet?

I'd feel better about Canadians if I thought they were ignorant, rather than passive acceptors.

Posted by: Terrence Watson | 2008-01-27 11:00:26 AM

...I guess this is Canada's version of Senn Peller or whatever those two dorks are called. But at least they don't have gov't funding.

HRC mess, that's just a side note? Someone do an expose' on Arts grants in Canada!

Posted by: tomax7 | 2008-01-27 11:08:35 AM

Bob Tarantino's new book is a must read if you want to delve deeper into dumb laws:


Posted by: James Goneaux | 2008-01-28 8:17:23 AM

Kenny Vs Spenny is comedy 2.0 gentlemen. Welcome to the 21st century of laughs. The show is hilarious, riveting and thoroughly enjoyable as long as one has removed the stick from one's ass. The fact that it is partially funded by the Canadian Government makes it all that more hilarious.

Posted by: Jon Bozak | 2008-02-11 6:05:39 PM

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