I suppose this post is really a little off topic. But I found it so odd and striking that I had to share.
I'm reading an article by Gale Owen-Crocker titled "Horror in Beowulf: Mutilation, Decapitation, and the Unburied Dead" published in a festschrift for Don Scragg. In the midst of this article, making a point that having a decapitated head paraded around the hall would be a bit of a shocker for the audience within and without the poem, the author remarks on modern audiences' desensitization to such extreme violence. She then illustrates this point by citing the parody of such extreme violence and our immunization to it by referring to South Park and Kenny's frequent deaths by often horrific means. "Oh my God, they killed Kenny" and Grendel in the same sentence...if I hadn't seen it with my own eyes, I wouldn't have believed it.