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AICN Animation Double-Header! Moriarty Interviews Matt Stone and Trey Parker!!

Published at: Nov. 5, 2004, 1:52 p.m. CST by staff

Hi, everyone. "Moriarty" here with some Rumblings From The Lab...

I know I’m late on this one, and I do apologize. The last few weeks were difficult on another professional front, and it’s required my full attention. Now, finally, thanks to the magical extra hour of Daylight Savings Time, I am able to finish all my outstanding transcriptions and bring you two very different interviews in one day. First up is this one, done with Matt Stone and Trey Parker a few days before the release of TEAM AMERICA: WORLD POLICE. What struck me most was how they didn’t seem completely exhausted, like any normal person would have been after the insane schedule they’ve been keeping all year. In fact, they seemed positively chipper from the moment I walked into the room at the Beverly Wilshire Regent Hotel.

Moriarty: Hey, guys, good to see you.

MATT: How you doin’, man?

TREY: How you doin’?

MATT: Thanks for that review. Thanks for getting the movie.

Moriarty: So I guess by now you’ve seen THE DRUDGE REPORT, and you’ve seen Sean’s big angry open letter to you...

MATT: (delighted) Yeah.

TREY: (equally delighted) Yeah.

Moriarty: ... so are you going to pull a quote and run it at the top of your ads for opening weekend?

TREY: The great thing about this is that on the one hand, he’s totally mad in his letter, and on the other hand, there’s nothing he could have done to help us out more. We couldn’t have bought that.

MATT: Paramount executives and our lawyer literally called me up and said, “Did you guys write that letter?”

TREY: It sounds just like Sean Penn in our movie.

MATT: It sounds like some deranged satirical version of a person.

Moriarty: My favorite part is when he invites you to go to Iraq with him.

TREY: “I went to Iraq. I went to Iraq.”

MATT: It’s exactly like what’s in the movie. It’s so fucked up.

Moriarty: So what are the changes? I saw the rough-cut on Sunday [which I reviewed here], and then I saw the finished version of it last night, and the one new thing I noticed was the Alec Baldwin song at the very, very end. How late was that added to the film?

MATT: We did that on... Tuesday. Tuesday night, at 4:00 in the morning.

Moriarty: It’s hilarious.

TREY: We were up for, like, 24 hours doing the sound mix, and we had all this down time, but we had to be awake. So it was, like, 2 in the morning, and we’d been up around the clock...

MATT: We’d been up forever.

TREY: ... and they were like, “What do you want to do over the credits?” And I was like, “Well, I want to marry all the songs together like a musical.” So the credits were so long on that movie that even after we did that, they came to us and were, like, “You’re still two minutes short.” And we’re, like, “Sweet. Let’s go write a fucking song.” So we literally went into the ADR studio, and we got Bruce and said, “Grab your guitar,” and he got his guitar and we just went in there and did like, “Ooooommmmmm...”

MATT: We just made noises. It was so totally fucked up, because we’d been up for long and drank so much coffee.

TREY: And it’s great, because it ended up being the entire backstory to the movie.

Moriarty: I told Matt after I saw the film the first time, that’s my favorite set-up to a sequel that will never happen... just the idea of Kim Jong Il being a cockroach and crawling out of his body at the end...

TREY: Yes, he’s a Zypod from the planet Curron, and they’re at war with the Balbags.

MATT: That’s so fucked up. (laughs)

Moriarty: Okay, so how much of the ratings battle do you think was revenge for SOUTH PARK: BIGGER, LONGER & UNCUT?

MATT: It’s hard to say. I mean, there’s definitely an element of it.

Moriarty: It’s ridiculous. If you look at what’s on Comedy Central on an average episode of CRANK YANKERS...

TREY: Comedy Central would show that sex scene.

Moriarty: They do really raunchy stuff with puppets all the time, and there’s the sense that they understand that because they’re puppets, it’s just totally inoffensive. This felt vindictive.

TREY: It was. Totally.

Moriarty: How many times did you have to go back?

TREY: Eight times.

MATT: It was eight or nine times.

TREY: They’re unbelievable. And the fact is, this was totally arbitrary. And because it came down to the thing where we had to make the prints...

MATT: It came down to the last possible hour.

TREY: ... and they were like, “Okay, you’ve got to cut it again and send it to the MPAA.” So we had to go, leave all the shit we were already doing, and actually go and cut out even more of the sex scene. And then it was like, “Okay, it’s getting sent to Mabel.” Mabel somebody was going to take it home.

MATT: (laughs)

TREY: It was. It was this one little old lady who was taking the VHS home to watch it, and had to decide in the morning what rating to give it. Seriously. All this time, all this money, and it comes down to fuckin’ Mabel. That is... that is just... and Mabel, by the way, is totally fucking unaccountable, you know? No one knows what he real name is, but one little old lady went and decided what the rating on that film is, and basically... um... that’s just... really, really fucked up.

MATT: I feel like once you’ve got an R, you should be able to do whatever you want.

Moriarty: Was there any other part of the film they had any problem with?

MATT: Nope. Not one note on the whole film. Just the sex scene. You saw the original version of that scene.

Moriarty: It’s not substantially different. They just managed to mute the point.

MATT: Right. They just cut the funniest stuff out.

Moriarty: Exactly. What made it funny to me was the sheer excessiveness of it.

MATT: Right.

Moriarty: Just the idea of the puppet sutra, seeing how many ways they could do it...

TREY: Yeah. Yeah.

MATT: So fuck them. We’ll just do it on the DVD.

TREY: The crazy thing is that we could just wait two weeks and put it on the Internet and everyone would see it anyway. So there you go, MPAA. Big victory.

Moriarty: I have to ask, because I’m still amazed by the schedule you guys pulled off this year...

MATT: Yeah... me, too.

Moriarty: ... what keeps you focused during this? I’ve already started seeing commercials on Comedy Central for the new season of SOUTH PARK.

MATT: Oh, god, we don’t want to hear that...

Moriarty: Does that pressure ever mount up?

MATT: Oh, yeah.

TREY: This has been the most stressful year of our lives. It’s just been like abuse for us...

MATT: So fucking stressful.

TREY: Especially the post-production schedule. We were already exhausted from making the movie. It’s been like going through the eye of the needle.

MATT: And not just us. Our sound crew would be up for four days straight, around the clock, and toward the end, there was no sleep for any of us, just trying to get the film done. The worst part was when you’d been up for 48 hours, and you knew you were going to be awake for 48 more. Honestly... it fucking sucked. But what kept us going was the thought, “Goddammit, we’ve spent 3 years on this film, and this is the last six days.” You know what I mean? You hit that stretch, that last two weeks, and you don’t want to fuck it all up in the last six days. And you can. You can just fuck it up. You can do something stupid and waste your time and just not get a good mix on one reel. That’s the only thing that kept me going. “We’ve spent so much time on this. Now don’t fuck it up.” I’d just keep telling myself that. “Don’t fuck it up.”

Moriarty: One of the great things about the film is the sound design. If you close your eyes and just listen to it, you could be listening to a Bruckheimer movie...

TREY: So much of the fun of it for me, because I love music... it was so much fun putting the temp score down on those scenes. And I love the score. Like I love the score to the blow-job scene. That’s genius. And the score to him throwing up. I think it’s one of the most genius things because the score is super-important and bombastic, and you’re... if you’re just listening to that score... if you just played that score to somebody and said, “Okay, what do you think this is the score to? What’s going on in this scene?” And then you were told it was for a puppet throwing up... you’d be like, “What?”

MATT: But that’s what is so great about it. That’s his purging scene. Even though he’s just a puppet, we’re treating it like... he’s puking... it’s been in a ton of movies, and that’s him... when he sucks Spottswoode’s dick, that’s him getting back in the plane in TOP GUN. It’s the triumph of “Fucking, you’re back!” You know what I mean? And playing that music, it’s just like, “What’s happening?” It’s so fucked up.

Moriarty: A lot of people have written me since we posted the news about the change in composers, asking why. Marc Shaiman’s been such a great collaborator for you.

TREY: Absolutely he has.

Moriarty: So what happened? Was it a time issue?

TREY: It was a combination of things. And we still worked with Marc on the songs. It’s just that we got to the end of it and we needed... y’know, Marc is such an artist. Marc always brings his voice to what he does. And it kinda came down to the point where we said, “The last thing this movie needs is another voice.” It’s already do hard to hold onto, and the only thing that keeps it leveled it out is this music that you’re familiar with. Wallpaper music. You know what I mean?

Moriarty: That’s interesting, because having seen the film with the temp track, your composer [Harry Gregson-Williams] did a great job of really mimicking the temp tracks. He nails the exact tone of all the action films you’re making fun of.

TREY: We needed that.

MATT: 90% of the jokes in this movie... I don’t want to say the central joke, but the conceit of the whole thing is the music against the dialogue. The music never points to the dialogue. That either works or it doesn’t, and if that doesn’t work, then the whole movie doesn’t work. It would all fall apart.

Moriarty: It’s great that he’s one of the Hans Zimmer guys and he came out of that whole school.

TREY: Oh, it was great. We were at this studio...

MATT: We met him.

TREY: Yeah, we met Hans Zimmer, and he was like, [with heavy accent] “I’m so glad you are making this movie. Maybe you can drive a stake through the heart of the genre. Then I’ll never have to write this score again.”

MATT: He said when he was scoring PEARL HARBOR, the would send him scenes, and he’d be like, “You’re not really going to leave this in the movie, are you?”

TREY: “He’s not really going to say that, is he?”

MATT: He’s a cool guy.

TREY: He was totally cool.

Moriarty: Knowing how much you were rewriting as you were shooting, is this 100% of what you wanted?

MATT: Oh, god, never.

TREY: No, it never is.

MATT: Towards the end, I was like, “I would literally cut off my hand if we could just have one more week.” And if we’d had one more week, we would have been up for the last four days anyway. There’s so many things I would change, but that’s true of every single episode of SOUTH PARK anyway. It just gets to be the morning that it’s going on, and there you go.

TREY: Eventually you just have to let go.

Moriarty: One of the choices that surprised a lot of people... in fact, when I was talking to Harry, my co-editor on the site... he seemed shocked that you didn’t get into election material. I really like the fact that it’s not specifically geared at this moment. So many SOUTH PARK episodes are very topical... very timely...

MATT: Absolutely.

Moriarty: This seems to stand outside a moment.

TREY: We wanted to make a movie about America. As soon as we brought George Bush into it, it made it seem like we were just making a movie about the last few years. The trust is that America being the police of the world… we could have made that movie in the Clinton era. People were accusing us of being the world’s police when Carter was President. The idea of being the world’s police was around well before Bush, and it’ll be around no matter who gets elected. Every time we talked about making those puppets or we tried to write a scene with Bush or Kerry, it felt like a bad SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE sketch. It felt to us like this movie was bigger than that. What I really loved about the movie... what I think we’re both starting to love about the movie... is that nobody in the movie ever says, “America.” It’s always “Team America.” Team America is always a metaphor for America. So at the end, when we’re talking about pussies, dicks, and assholes, it would have really confused it if you had Bush in the movie. It would be like we’re saying he’s the dick. But we’re not. We’re saying America’s role in the world no matter who’s in charge, whether it’s a liberal or a Republican... we’re the dicks, regardless, and we’re going to be. The film deals with that and with the emotion of how we as Americans feel about that. That, to us, was just so much more interesting than than... who gives a fuck about George Bush? (laughs)

MATT: I think it also made it so that, hopefully, you think about your own politics, and to think about your own emotions and stuff. It’s not so much to answer the question for you. It’s not like, “Here’s what you should do.” It’s more like “Here’s a bunch of shit, and how does that make you feel?” And as soon as you put George Bush in it, everyone would go, “Oh, okay, that’s the side I’m on, and now this doesn’t apply to me.” Who wants to make a movie just ripping on George Bush when you can make a movie about America, or the emotions behind America?

Moriarty: It was fascinating to watch reactions roll in after the studio sneak. We got flooded with reviews... 75 or so in the span of about 12 hours... and there are people who are obviously conservative who are offended, people who are conservative who felt like it was for them...

MATT: Right. Sure.

Moriarty: ... people who are liberal who were deeply offended...

TREY: Right.

Moriarty: And there were liberals who were sure you were on their side.

TREY: Sure.

Moriarty: That seems like a really difficult balancing act to pull off. This year, especially, I’ve seen more people than ever step up and insert their voices into this dialogue that’s going on about what’s happening in the country. It’s bold to step outside that and attack anybody.

TREY: (laughs)

Moriarty: You seem to feel free to roast everybody equally.

TREY: Everybody needs a good roasting.

MATT: It’s been pretty funny on both sides.

TREY: And it comes from an honest belief we have, which is... George Bush doesn’t know what’s going on. Michael Moore does not know what’s going on. And Alec Baldwin definitely does not know what’s going on. Basically, this shit is gigantically complicated, and for us to think that we, as cartoon makers...

MATT: (laughs)

TREY: ... to think that we could say, “Listen, here’s what’s up. Listen to us.” Dude, we don’t know fuck-all about Middle East peace policy. You know what I mean? And it’s almost like right now, as an American, you’re put in a position where you have to take a side. And you have to either say, “I love George Bush” or “I love Michael Moore,” and there is nothing in-between. And it’s basically like we’re saying, “It’s okay to say you don’t know.” Because we don’t fucking know.

Moriarty: What’s amazing is you talk to ROLLING STONE and you say that, basically, and then... and it’s almost ridiculous to say this out loud, but then you get attacked by P. Diddy in the press for saying, perhaps, if you don’t have an informed opinion...

(both laugh)

MATT: That’s so great. It’s been a great year. We’ve gotten attacked by P. Diddy, Sean Penn and the White House.

Moriarty: It’s like your film has spilled over the edges of the frame into life.

TREY: Exactly.

MATT: All of this is over that retarded “Vote Or Die.” We talked to ROLLING STONE, and it’s not even something that’s in the film. It’s just something we were pissed off about. Actually, we weren’t even pissed off. It’s just something we were talking about one night. We were just sitting there going, “That ‘Vote Or Die’ thing sure is stupid.” You know what I mean? Why would you encourage uninformed people to go to the polls? And both sides are doing it. It’s not just Democrats. The Republicans are doing it through churches. And all they do is try to encourage uninformed people to vote based on emotion and go vote for their side. And our point was, maybe if you don’t know what’s going on, don’t be shamed into voting. Sit it out. That’s fine. Now, if the campaign was “Get informed and then vote. Get informed. Learn what’s going on in the world.” I think that would be a great campaign. I just think it’s irresponsible to encourage uninformed people to get out there and pull the lever. I don’t want them voting. I know people in my life that I don’t think should vote. I think they should have the right, obviously. They’re Americans. But they have never, ever picked up a newspaper. They don’t even really care, but all of a sudden, they’re like, “Oh, my god, I love P. Diddy.”

TREY: “We’ve got to go vote! P. Diddy’s going to kill us if we don’t vote!” (laughs) It’s so stupid.

MATT: (laughs) So that’s why we have two demagogues to choose from. Ultimately, both parties want people to be uninformed so they’ll vote based on pure emotion. So for people who want to think about it and consider things carefully, they get crowded out, and that’s why we have Bush or Kerry sitting in the White House. Because of people like P. Diddy, who get retards out to vote. Ultimately, the electorate is made up of too many people who are uninformed. So... yeah... Sean Penn got pissed off at us for that.

TREY: That’s the short answer. (laughs) Seriously, that letter makes no sense.

MATT: It was complete alien logic. I read it thinking, “You’re a great actor, but you have no reasoning skills.”

Moriarty: I wouldn’t imagine you’re worried about the reactions from any of the celebrities. (to Matt) Now, you’re actually in BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE...

MATT: Mmmmm-hmmm.

Moriarty: ... but it’s not a particularly political appearance. It’s more just you speaking about your experience growing up in the area.

MATT: I was very careful doing that. The only reason I spoke in BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE was because I grew up in Littleton. When I was talking to Michael Moore, I would talk about things I knew about. I talked about SOUTH PARK. I’ll talk about SOUTH PARK all day. I know all about that. I talked about growing up in Littleton, if it was any different from any other area. Those were the things I know about. He would try to steer the conversation to gun stuff, and I would give my opinion. You know, growing up in Littleton, everyone had guns, for instance. Just a fact. Everyone had guns. I am an expert on growing up in Littleton, and I’m an expert on SOUTH PARK. Those are the two things I know about.

Moriarty: The only person you satirize in the film worth being worried about is Kim Jong Il, because he very likely has nuclear weapons.

TREY: And he does have people kidnapped and killed.

Moriarty: And the guy loves movies and Western culture.

TREY: Oh, he’ll see it.

MATT: We can’t wait for him to see it.

TREY: I think when “I’m So Ronery” starts to play... he’ll cry. He’ll be like, “Oh... wow... I am lonely.”

Moriarty: Was there ever a discussion about using a fictional bad guy instead of Kim Jong Il?

TREY: The original bad guy in the original script was Alec Baldwin. It was just Team America versus Alec Baldwin. It was pretty funny. But we just started talking about Kim Jong Il, and it was like, “Oh, man, he would make such a great puppet.” It really just came down out of that. You know, this little short puppet with big glasses. It seemed perfect.

Moriarty: It’s hilarious. I love the side view of him.

TREY: Oh, yeah.

MATT: It’s a great puppet. He’s the best character in the film.

Moriarty: Thanks for sitting down at the end of this unbelievable process, just before gearing up on the show.

MATT: Where’d you see the film last night?

Moriarty: We went to Paramount. I took my wife, and we took my mother-in-law, this sweet little South American lady... who just happens to have the raunchiest sense of humor.

MATT: Really? Sweet!

Moriarty: She just rolled through the entire movie.

MATT: You saw it on film this time, right?

Moriarty: Yep. Finished.

MATT: It’s so cool looking, isn’t it?

Moriarty: Bill Pope’s work is great, and the sets are amazing.

MATT: It’s such a different experience, watching it on film.

Moriarty: The final version is really lush, especially considering your schedule. Leaving the strings in... I just love the handmade low-tech feel of it.

TREY: It’s very handmade. Very handcrafted.

Moriarty: And the actual jokes about the puppeteering, like when she’s trying to shush him and she can’t quite point at his mouth. Or when she tries to point at his heart and doesn’t.

MATT: I like the fact that she looks at her hand.

Moriarty: Like she’s puzzled. Some great subtle work by your puppeteers. They’re really the unsung heroes on the film...

MATT: You should definitely say that.

Moriarty: One last question, actually. When you work with Pam Brady as a writer, she rarely gets any press or any outside attention. What is it she brings to the table? Because you guys have very distinct comic voices, and looking at something like the painfully funny MR. WONG that she did...

TREY: The truth is, we just work well together. We make each other laugh.

MATT: The way we work, from early on, is we just sit around and talk about shit.

TREY: That is worth so much. When it comes to sitting down and writing, that’s the really hard part, but... but just sitting around and talking about shit is where you get the best stuff. Bottom line is, she’s somebody who thinks the exact same shit is funny that we do, basically.

MATT: We make each other laugh. We talk to her all the time.

TREY: I think great comedy comes from people just hanging out trying to make each other laugh.

Moriarty: I love that you guys work with the same people throughout... people like Anne Garafino and Pam Brady... and to have that continuity in all the things you’ve done...

MATT: You have to.

Moriarty: ... that’s probably why you’re able to pull off a schedule like this.

MATT: Oh, man, without Anne and Frank [Angnone], for instance, two people that we brought from SOUTH PARK... it’s not even close. We would not have gotten the movie done. Anne and Frank are...

TREY: They’re our family.

MATT: Anne... and Frank... Anne Frank. Huh. Weird.

Moriarty: And where in the midst of all of this did you fit in the new HOW’S YOUR NEWS? And how involved were you?

MATT: We weren’t involved. All we did is, I made a call to Trio and hooked them up with Arthur [Bradford]. Then Arthur went and did it. We did nothing. Nothing. I mean, I actually have a rough cut of it in my car that I haven’t even looked at. Arthur asked me to look at it and give him notes, but we literally had no time. I made, I think, two phone calls. That’s all we did.

Moriarty: I love that you’re still helping them, though.

MATT: Oh, sure. Wait till you see this stuff. It’s fucking amazing.

Moriarty: I love the idea of them in a political arena.

TREY: It’s like, Sean and Hillary Clinton. Or Bobbi Bird with Al Franken.

MATT: It’s so awesome.

And with that, the press day ended. I was the last scheduled interview that afternoon, so we all headed downstairs to claim our cars. The few weeks since the interview has obviously seen the release of the movie, the season premiere of SOUTH PARK, complete with a very funny riff on P. Diddy’s “Vote Or Die” campaign, and the election of George Bush. My guess is... we’ve got a great season of the show ahead of us. My thanks to Paramount and to Matt and Trey for their time.

"Moriarty" out.





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  • Nov. 5, 2004, 2:10 p.m. CST

    Interesting in Hindsight

    by Fearsme

    Im amazed how fast they put Team America together. It was hilarious.

  • Nov. 5, 2004, 2:19 p.m. CST

    Even the free press from Penn couldn't help their movie.

    by minderbinder

    Too bad, it was pretty damn funny. It's nice that they bashed both sides, but I guess that didn't leave many to actually be fans of the movie.

  • Nov. 5, 2004, 2:30 p.m. CST

    Vote or Die Motherfucker!!

    by catman

  • Nov. 5, 2004, 2:43 p.m. CST

    Parker/Stone in 2008!

    by chrth

    'nuff said

  • Nov. 5, 2004, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Thanks for the Interview, Moriarty. So, now that's out of the w

    by Tall_Boy

    Or even, heaven forbid, a 90s List? C'mon man, I know you got it in you...

  • Nov. 5, 2004, 3:27 p.m. CST

    Here's What's Wrong With Team America

    by Yo_SheBitch

    There wasn't a puppet version of Awesome-o in it.

  • Nov. 5, 2004, 4:51 p.m. CST

    Matt & Trey must hate puppeteers now

    by man-thing

    Because puppeteers are more untalented than actors, just with bigger egos. Matt and Trey hate actors, but during the filming, the puppeteers were told not to bother Matt and Trey. Puppeteers suck.

  • Nov. 5, 2004, 4:53 p.m. CST

    a quibble or two

    by Trader Groucho 2

    While parts of Team America were rather funny, their take on Michael Moore was really ham-handed. The suicide-bomber thing was too obvious a choice. Funnier still would have been if he'd wormed his way into the lair with the pretense of doing an objective documentary, then he twists it, turning people against Team America by, well, by showing them doing what they actually do. And I'd have had Catherine Zeta-Jones blowing Kim Jong-Il - "Yeah, do me rike Sean Connelly in his trailer on the set of Entlapment"

  • Nov. 5, 2004, 5:43 p.m. CST

    The problem with Team America

    by Lukecash

    It cast the Liberals as badguys. For people who say they are blast people fairly, was totally wrong. Now lots of people said "Oh wait they blew up a lot of stuff" That wasn't mocking conservatives, it was mocking Action Heroes in general.Had they actually had conservatives using Team America for their own needs, (Such as oil and the like) then it would have been a lot more even handed. And Treys and Matts understanding of history is piss poor-Carter and Clinton were actually respected by the world, not hated. To put only ONE ideology as the badguy was a drastic mistake, becaue everyone knows in their hearts that both liberal and conservatives have their problems..and their strenghs. It take BOTH wings to fly.

  • Nov. 5, 2004, 5:55 p.m. CST

    I'm Ronery

    by The Thinker

    TREY: I think when

  • Come on, you all know you wanna see it!

  • Nov. 5, 2004, 8:07 p.m. CST

    Darth_Crapper,

    by raw_bean

    Moriarty and Harry co-run this site. What don't you get, fella?

  • Nov. 5, 2004, 8:10 p.m. CST

    Lukecash,

    by raw_bean

    Carter and Clinton may have on the whole been respected by the world outside the US, but speaking from my own experience, a distatste for US foreign policy and a feeling that the US tries to 'police the world' has been an opinion held by a great many people for as long as I can remember (admittedly I'm only 21), here in the UK at least.

  • Nov. 5, 2004, 9:04 p.m. CST

    3 Weeks ago This Film was Loved...

    by BigTuna

    What the hell happened? It's the best comedy of the year. And who cares if they mock one side more then the other, it's a funny movie. Stop taking a film aboiut puppets too seriously.

  • Nov. 5, 2004, 10:05 p.m. CST

    Where can I find the "You are worthless Alec Baldwin"song?

    by Jon E Cin

    One of the funniest songs I have ever heard...and I cant find it anywhere. Not even on the soundtrack.

  • Nov. 5, 2004, 10:59 p.m. CST

    Nicole Blackjack

    by Bond77

    >>YOU are the bad guys not us. >>Keep up the elitist name calling... Nicole, I think you're confused.

  • Nov. 6, 2004, 12:52 a.m. CST

    damn, Nicole, take some ritalin and chill out ...

    by Lou C.

    sheesh. it wasn't like he was calling Bush a retarded chimp who likes crapping on the desk in the oval office and rolling around in it while he picks bugs out of what's left of Cheney's hair and eats them. It was a fair assessment. Just because your guy won 52% of the vote by manipulating millions of Christians into thinking he's the second-coming, don't act like he's the favorite son of everyone.

  • Nov. 6, 2004, 12:56 a.m. CST

    Re The problem with Team america

    by WolfmanNards

    Hey guess what, the problem with you is that you cant just sit back and laugh at something funny. You have to look for something wrong with it. Go out and make the movie you think is fair. I'll watch it.

  • Nov. 6, 2004, 1 a.m. CST

    Hey Nicole

    by WolfmanNards

    Why are you so mad when you say freedom reigns? You say it like you are a villian and "freedom" is really you giving everybody in the world aids.

  • Nov. 6, 2004, 7:58 a.m. CST

    Persoanlly I'm surprised at Matt & Trey... it's like for the fir

    by TheGinger Twit

    Truely our final spiral into total dictatorship. Hey, you guys can have Bush. But the second he starts unzipping his pants and waving his noocleer weapons, as he asks "Who's you're daddy" Well guess what, I'm coming back to pull that fucker up. Supporters be damned.

  • Nov. 6, 2004, 9:40 a.m. CST

    The "Team America" I envisioned was much funnier than what I saw

    by Drunken Rage

    Plus, the movie needed more voice talent. Trey doing the voice of Kim Jong Il was simply that-- Trey doing the voice of Kim Jong Il. It wasn't funny it was just annoying. Although the movie has some tremendously funny stuff, it's a very forgettable movie; it seemed to go out of its way to offend.

  • Nov. 6, 2004, 10:38 a.m. CST

    "Acreage"? That's a good one. I'm sure all the moose and trees

    by minderbinder

    And I love the KKK reference, that's a riot coming from a party that uses an issue of bigotry as their most effective tool for voter turnout.

  • Nov. 6, 2004, 12:29 p.m. CST

    Matt... Matt Damon!

    by SalvatoreGravano

    Matt matt matt damon matt damon matt matt damon damon? Matt matt damon damon matt, matt damon damon matt damon matt Matt Damon... Damon?

  • Nov. 6, 2004, 3:54 p.m. CST

    minderbinder - you're wrong

    by Dagan

    Gay Marriage did not elect Bush. The Democrats and the media are starting to cling to that story as an excuse, but even a cursory analysis disproves it - eleven states had that referendum on the ballot. Those states did not vote for Bush in any greater percentage over the 2000 vote than states that did not have that on the ballot. You'd think if it were "all about gays", then the states with gay marraige on the ballot would've increased their turnout for Bush over other states. It simply didn't happen. Nice excuse, but it doesn't hold. And the guy got over 51% of the vote - not many Presidents get an outright majority of the vote - only one Democrat has done that since FDR - LBJ. Kennedy didn't do it. Carter didn't do it. Clinton didn't do it in either election. Winning by 3.5 million votes, especially after false exit polls suppressed your turnout by midday(as a vounteer, I saw this happen, as people started to declare that Kerry won and ask "why should I even vote now?"), is a pretty big deal. Yes, Bush won Ohio by 130,000 votes or so - but so what? That's 2.5% - a pretty healthy margin. Kerry only won Pennsylvania by 120,000 votes, and it's a bigger state. You cannot just mathematically "flip" that Ohio vote and say Kerry was only a 100,000 votes away. That's ridiculous. Not only does it ignore the other states, where Bush was only right behind Kerry in many of the states Kerry did win, but it also just doesn't work. That national vote total tends to mirror the "base line" for the state total. The "base line" for Ohio is now a tossup. Bush won by 3% nationally and 2.5% in Ohio. If Kerry wanted to take Ohio, he'd likely have to have matched Bush(or pretty close) in the popular vote as well. Bush won by a sizeable margin, without gay marriage, in both the popular vote and the electoral college. He is the first President since 1988, and one of the few in the last hundred years, to win an outright majority of the country's votes - and he's the first President since Roosevelt to get re-elected AND increase his party's seats in the House and Senate. It was all and all a historic and very good election for Republicans. Get over it.

  • Nov. 6, 2004, 3:55 p.m. CST

    minderbinder - you're wrong

    by Dagan

    Gay Marriage did not elect Bush. The Democrats and the media are starting to cling to that story as an excuse, but even a cursory analysis disproves it - eleven states had that referendum on the ballot. Those states did not vote for Bush in any greater percentage over the 2000 vote than states that did not have that on the ballot. You'd think if it were "all about gays", then the states with gay marraige on the ballot would've increased their turnout for Bush over other states. It simply didn't happen. Nice excuse, but it doesn't hold. And the guy got over 51% of the vote - not many Presidents get an outright majority of the vote - only one Democrat has done that since FDR - LBJ. Kennedy didn't do it. Carter didn't do it. Clinton didn't do it in either election. Winning by 3.5 million votes, especially after false exit polls suppressed your turnout by midday(as a vounteer, I saw this happen, as people started to declare that Kerry won and ask "why should I even vote now?"), is a pretty big deal. Yes, Bush won Ohio by 130,000 votes or so - but so what? That's 2.5% - a pretty healthy margin. Kerry only won Pennsylvania by 120,000 votes, and it's a bigger state. You cannot just mathematically "flip" that Ohio vote and say Kerry was only a 100,000 votes away. That's ridiculous. Not only does it ignore the other states, where Bush was only right behind Kerry in many of the states Kerry did win, but it also just doesn't work. That national vote total tends to mirror the "base line" for the state total. The "base line" for Ohio is now a tossup. Bush won by 3% nationally and 2.5% in Ohio. If Kerry wanted to take Ohio, he'd likely have to have matched Bush(or pretty close) in the popular vote as well. Bush won by a sizeable margin, without gay marriage, in both the popular vote and the electoral college. He is the first President since 1988, and one of the few in the last hundred years, to win an outright majority of the country's votes - and he's the first President since Roosevelt to get re-elected AND increase his party's seats in the House and Senate. It was all and all a historic and very good election for Republicans. Get over it.

  • Nov. 6, 2004, 4:44 p.m. CST

    nicole

    by manhattom

    what does acreage have to do with anything? new york voted for kerry 58% to bush's 40%, the biggest disparity in the nation other than washington DC. proud to be a new yorker.

  • Nov. 6, 2004, 7:08 p.m. CST

    Too bad the film didnt do as well as was hoped..

    by Bong

    came, went, tank

  • Nov. 6, 2004, 7:29 p.m. CST

    TEAM AMERICA was NOT a political movie. I repeat - it was NOT a

    by Tall_Boy

    It just really really REALLY hated A) Hollywood action movies and B) Hollywood actors who try to act as stuck-up know it alls. There's not a political thought in this movie's brain, its all about making fun of movies and actors, that's all.

  • and actually try to objectively read what you posted on this thread. From an apolitical point of view, it can be read as nothing other than extremely disturbing. The pathological hatred you have for people you disagree with cannot be healthy. I say this not to diminish your opinions, many of which are well thought out if, in my personal view, misguided. But that sort of shrill, childish gloating does no-one any good and it really makes you like unhinged. Bush won the election - yes. The people have spoken, and the Dems and Left at large need to take a long hard look at themselves and figure out why this happened without just resporting to calling bush a liar and blaming the gay marriage issue. But if you think that means that the current administration now has the right to completely ignore or, as you seem to rooting for, violently supress the opinions of the 49% of the electorate that voted for Kerry or that Bush now cannot be criticised then you are, put quite simply, a fascist. But I think we already knew that. I've said this before, but I genuinely believe you need some help. Not with your politics, but your state of mind. Talk to someone. Please.

  • Nov. 6, 2004, 10:29 p.m. CST

    frododdies224 (or whatever)

    by Rain_Dog

    Haha, way to satirize the...wait, you really weren't joking were you? God help us all.

  • Nov. 6, 2004, 11:34 p.m. CST

    I think that with the 50%50% we've been lead to believe America

    by TheGinger Twit

    Think about that.

  • kthanksbye.

  • Plus it wasn't marketed very well. I talked to several people back home and I told them how hilarious the movie was and the responses were "that kids movie?" and "I thought that was for kids" - totally ignoring the "rated R" note in the trailer. They have seen it since and they all have loved it.

  • Nov. 7, 2004, 2:56 p.m. CST

    fucking LOL

    by ScaryJim

    nicole truly has flipped her lid somehow higher taxes and reduction of civil liberties due to increased paranoia don't make me think of freedom too much . If there's a jesus he'll have you burned in hell Nicole as you seem to be worshipping Bush like he's the fucking second coming .And all this time i just thought you were a christian fundementalist . I think even Bush would be worried by your slightly disturbed manner. Tell me-do you go through his rubbish ? You really are a disturbed litle girl...

  • Nov. 7, 2004, 4:28 p.m. CST

    two terms for U.S. presidents

    by ChapaJ

    BladeRunnerUnit, I'm not sure what country you are in...but U.S. presidents can only be elected to two terms. Bush cannot run again in 2008. However, I wouldn't be surprised if Jeb Bush made a run for the white house some time in the future.

  • Nov. 8, 2004, 8:30 a.m. CST

    Dagan, I am over it, you're more than welcome to disagree with m

    by minderbinder

    That's all.

  • Nov. 8, 2004, 4:58 p.m. CST

    damn I am in love with nicole21

    by Lando Griffin

  • To systematically gouge them out of the political process, followed by a demonizing campaign focus on immorality and sloth, that they are a deliberate drain on the economy so as to weaken the United States and prepare it for a (communist/socialist(fill in whatever you fear or hate here) invasion. Perhaps even begin a process of deportation in the name of national security or a form of slave labor as punishment for such anti-american ideals. There will be of course a steady campaign of Homosexual and Muslim violence eventually leading to internment camps (only until the war on terror is over of course) I can only hope and if I had a diety, pray for such things to come about. You Dems have really dissapointed with your lazy reaction to this election, I think events like this are just the push you need to do what needs to be done. Now a word to the foreign nations..Uhm, how long are you pussies going to sit over there waiting for events to unfold, how long before your little spot on the globe becomes deemed a threat? Take a lesson from history you twats and write a letter to your local Parliament/Dictator/Communist Govt/ and tell them that the best time to attack the american empire is now, write today, you'll feel better tomorrow. I am an anarchist, and I approve of this message.