I have a question about a specific episode, but before I get to the question let me tell you why I’m asking it. As my username suggests, I’m a college professor. Like many of my fellow professors (more than you might think, believe me) I often use a SP episode (or part thereof) to illustrate some point I’m making in a class.
As it happens, I’m teaching a class in libel law and I’m looking for a very specific scene from a SP episode. Unfortunately, my memory of the episode and the scene is extremely foggy. All I remember is that a couple of the boys (I think Cartman might have been one of them) are reading a book (or magazine or newspaper). At any rate, on the last line of one of the pages of the book the author makes a statement that seems clearly to be libelous. One of the boys (again, possibly Cartman), reads this line out loud but then immediately turns the page and reads out loud the phrase “some people have said” (or some phrase like that). The whole point of the scene is that authors who write books containing libelous statements can avoid litigation by simply saying that others have made the statement. That’s all I can remember about the scene, and almost all of what I remember might be completely wrong. But I am positive that one of the boys turns the page of the book and reads a short phrase that (theoretically) immunizes what was on the previous page from litigation. I want to find this scene because the point it attempts to make, though widely believed, is legally incorrect.
That’s all I’ve got for anyone reading this post to go on. But if there is anything to the theory about the wisdom of crowds, someone reading this will know the scene I’m referring to, even if I’ve gotten a lot of the particulars of the scene completely wrong.
Any help will be greatly appreciated.
"A Million Little Fibers" doesn't feature any of the kids.
"The Tale of Scrotie McBoogerballs" is about people reading things into books that just aren't there. Butters' books are about conservatives? No. Butters' books are about liberals? No. In that episode, the boys try to get Butters' book banned for vulgarity, but the State Assembly focuses on the mention of Sarah Jessica Parker (465 times) in the book, and why she should be mentioned that much. The boys tell the Assemblypersons that it's only because she's so f*cking ugly, but the Assemblypersons don't buy that. Towards the end of the episode, people react so violently to the books that the Kardashian sisters and Sarah Jessica Parker end up dead. The boys decide to avoid books and just stick to watching TV.
I didn't find anything addressing libel in my transcripts or other content.
Nah. When he learned what being a hero would be all about, he bolted and hid from Rob Reiner, who wanted to make a sacrifice out of him to show how bad second-hand smoke can be. Another of those self-control vs. government control episodes.
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