South Park

Season 8 Episode 4

The Passion of the Jew

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Mar 31, 2004 on Comedy Central

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    • Mel Gibson Sadism:

      Actually Gibson is being portrayed as a masochist, defined by merriam-webster dictionary as: a sexual perversion characterized by pleasure in being subjected to pain or humiliation especially by a love object. Although it can be argued from Passion of the Christ that Gibson is a sadist, defined by M-W as: a sexual perversion in which gratification is obtained by the infliction of physical or mental pain on others (as on a love object), Gibson very clearly binds himself to a table in this episode in a fashion similar to the last few scenes of "Braveheart" in which William Wallace is having his intestines ripped out with a hook while fully concious before being beheaded (Parker ans Stone have made so many allusions to "Braveheart" that it is getting a tad ridiculous at this point). Sadism and masochism are often confused as the two have been fused together into a single word, 'sadomasochism', defined by m-w as :the derivation of pleasure from the infliction of physical or mental pain either on others or on oneself. A great deal can be read about the Marquis de Sade (from which the term 'sadism' comes) and Leopold von Sacher-Masoch (from whence the term 'masochism' is derived) and their lives. It should be noted that Mel Gibson's characters are tortured in a number of his movies.

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