It only took 10years but “Bloody Mary,” a controversial 2005 episode of South Park, finally made its Free to Air debut last night on SBS 2.
In 2006 Melbourne’s Catholic Archbishop Denis Hart wrote to SBS asking them not to air the episode, which features a statue of the Virgin Mary bleeding from the rear.
SBS bowed to pressure and withheld the episode, although it did air The Comedy Channel in the same year.
It also caused uproar overseas, with the US Catholic League demanding an apology and insisting the episode “be permanently retired.” New Zealand’s C4 also received howls of complaints from offended viewers and then-Prime Minister Helen Clark issuing a statement saying the episode sounded “revolting.”
In 2010 GO! pulled the episode at the last minute after a report on TV Tonight noting its surprise scheduling. It noted “a very confronting story line which, with the best will in the world, is difficult to defend”.
An SBS source indicated it was high time to debut the episode as part of its “South Park‘s Most Shocking” collection, which also includes Trapped in the Closet, The China Problem and Hell on Earth.
Those still curious to see the offending episode can catch it on SBS On Demand.