Apparently, the White House never watched that puppet show on Comedy Central or NBC that had those caricature puppets. [Edit: and the Genesis “Land of Confusion” video] It was on BBC first, but I forgot the name. [Edit: Spitting Image See also DC Follies.] And, they forget the 1st Amendment protects offensive speech, but that was a given.
XXXXX DRUDGE REPORT XXXXX SUN AUG 01, 2004 20:52:25 ET XXXXX
WHITE HOUSE ANGER AT HOLLYWOOD ELECTION SURPRISE: PARAMOUNT PUPPET MOVIE TO MOCK TERROR WAR
A new film set for release from PARAMOUNT has raised the pop culture threat levels at the White House — a film which mocks the war on terror and media urgency using puppets, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.
“I really do not think terrorism is funny, and I would suggest PARAMOUNT give respect to those fighting and sacrificing to keep America safe,” a senior Bush adviser told the DRUDGE REPORT this weekend.
The new fuss film TEAM AMERICA, set for release two weeks before the November presidential election, is entering post-production from with SOUTH PARK creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone.
A deep voice using serious tones opens the film’s teaser: “We live in a time of unparalleled danger. Weapons of Mass Destruction are being offered to terrorists all over the world. Global chaos is about to consume every country on Earth. And there is only one hope for humanity.”
The movie’s official poster features an apparent Bush look-a-like [strings attached] with his back to the viewer. The senior White House adviser, who asked not to be named, fumed after seeing the movie’s website and trailer.
“This is just unconscionable. Not funny. And I believe it makes fun of everyone in law enforcement… and in the armed services who work tirelessly to keep us safe from harm.”
Marionette puppets are used throughout the film to mock terror threats, and media figures who dominate the nation’s airwaves. But Parker and Stone save most of the mocking for left-wing pundits and Michael Moore.