“South Park” wins Peabody

Comedy Central‘s “South Park” won its first Peabody Award yesterday. mr-peabody_sherman.gif

The George Foster Peabody Awards, for broadcasting excellence in both news and entertainment, are given annually by the University of Georgia. Thirty-two awards will be handed out June 5 in New York, hosted by recent Oscarcast grand poobah, Jon Stewart.

The AP reports that “South Park” was praised as a show that

“pushes all the buttons, turns up the heat and shatters every taboo,” Peabody Awards Director Horace Newcomb said. “Through that process of offending it reminds us of the need for being tolerant.”

Sources tell us that news of the irreverent show’s win was received coolly by both Xenu and other members of the Galactic Federation.