Team America World Police OST
2004 | Rock
“Terrorists, your game is through. -- 'Cause now you have to answer to. -- America, fuck yeah! -- So lick my butt and suck on my balls."
- Randolph Severn "Trey" Parker II is an actor, animator, writer, producer, director, and composer, known for co-creating South Park and co-developing the Tony Award-winning musical The Book of Mormon with his creative partner Matt Stone.
- Parker has been the recipient of various awards over the course of his career, including five Primetime Emmy Awards for his work on South Park, as well as four Tony Awards and a Grammy Award for The Book of Mormon.
- Team America was produced using a crew of about 200 people, which sometimes required four people at a time to manipulate a marionette.
THE HOT TAKES
This one was a long time coming. What do we have to work with? A long list of things that you may (or may not) associate with the good ol' US of A. Personally, I think this is a rather dismal view of the culture in the United States. It may be deserved, sometimes, but I prefer (through my podcast, and in normal conversation) to focus on the positives rather than the negatives. There are things that may be true of US culture that are drastically worse in other places, so it's not immediately apparent to me why we should demonize the US for these things.
This song, and the movie it comes from are excellent satire of America and its culture of proclaiming freedom and belief in the values of individuality and sovereignty, all the while abandoning and violating every one of those things whenever it sees fit. Luke asked why, when there are bad aspects of US culture that are bad, but are worse in some places, that we should demonize those things in the US? My answer to that is that the level of influence and sheer brute force that the US has and uses to bully its way around the world, coupled with it’s bald faced hypocrisy, and the fact that we live here and not somewhere else, make it more than worthy of demonizing. Those who have more power should always be held to a higher standard not a lesser one. Any good in this country comes from individuals in it, and is in spite of its government, not because of it.
That's why I love Luke. He's always looking on the bright side for the positive and the silver lining. He's good people and the world is better for him being. On the other hand you have me. I'm not so inclined to hold up the positive qualities of the US...I'd probably argue that those positives are the responsibility of capitalism and the US has been in a constant slide to destroy capitalism and replace it with welfare for the wealthy. I've no interest in serfdom personally. However nothing is as egregious as how we cruise into other nations to bring freedom and leave with them worse off for their own people and better off for our companies. It really makes you wonder if they ever cared about freedom at all or if it's just something to get the heartland behind murdering people. This song makes a solid punching bag for this harsh reality and allows me to pull together in one cathartic masterpiece. Keep showing us the good Luke just let me have my catharsis.