I grew up with Beavis & Butthead too and in no way do I believe it deserves any credit for being controversial, at all. I don't remember any sort of controversy regarding the show as I was growing up. What I do recall was people dissing the show for being infantile and just overall stupid, but not controversial. I mean, it wasn't really offensive to anyone. Cursing in cartoons was hardly a novelty, and even less a significant issue, since other shows like The Simpsons had already shown cartoons could be just as directed towards adults as they were towards children.
I'm not sure where you grew up, but it was constantly being criticized by parents, teachers, etc.
The big thing was they thought it was leading to destructive behavior from adolescents, and just generally a bad influence on younger people in society. Kind of a 'brain wahsing' thing, that's the kind of stuff they were bashing it for.
I remember, plain as day, an actual newspaper article about how some kid started a fire and burned down his house, after watching an episode of the show.
I remember a lot of stuff like that. The show was controversial and really ahead of it's time.
South Park, on the other hand, was pretty bold in their approaches, satirizing everything imaginable from the celebrity world to religion to violence to political views
But Beavis & Butt-Head was such a brilliant satire of the 'immature young misfit' concept.
I also think they satirized those exact things you cite South Park for.
and did it with heavily equipped material, which could very well be taken as offensive by the more purist people, since they were strongly elaborate parodies.
Elaborate? South Park? Talk about a contradiction in terms, imo...
Could you explain that one a little more? I'm just curious because I think you're one of the smartest posters we have on DDD.
Remember our classic 'Jaws/Exorcist' debate?
(You won though, bastard...