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South Park (Comedy Central) season 18

Episode: Pre-School, November 10, 2014 

Shown from left: Stan, Kyle, Eric, Kenny

South Park (Comedy Central) season 18 Episode: Pre-School, November 10, 2014 Shown from left: Stan, Kyle, Eric, Kenny

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South Park (Comedy Central) season 18 Episode: Pre-School, November 10, 2014 Shown from left: Stan, Kyle, Eric, Kenny

Alexander Francoeur, Reporter

On September 13, Matt Stone and Trey Parker released a new season of the South Park cartoon. Season twenty-one is the same format as season twenty, if you tuned in for that one. In its current style it responds to current events in their satirical, always over the top style.

The first episode of the series, “White People Renovating Houses,” found white supremacists protesting amazon echoes, Siris, and Google homes. They present the reasons people turn to white supremacy through one of the main characters’ house flipping shows. They masterfully insult those who refuse to change in the modern job market and our new found love of electronic personal assistants. And somehow all of this on the backdrop of the American house flipping show phenomenon.  

When you watch South Park you come to expect some outrageous things, like a house flipping show solving disputes with white supremacists over Amazon echoes. If that sentence had ever been said before that pitch meeting, I would be amazed. With the sheer amount of absurdity in the show it would feel extremely silly if these were not topics that considerably affect our everyday lives.

In the current political climate the tensions between the United States and a nuclear threat have not been higher since the cold war. In the second episode, “Put it Down,” they explore the fear culture and the escalation of the North Korean situation. Tied in, Eric Cartman tries to get more support for his own suicide prevention, competing with distracted driving due to the president’s tweets. Not many shows anywhere can make jokes about suicide prevention as they did with a large theatrical number poking fun at the rapper Logic’s performance at the VMAs. Almost every comedy and news show pokes fun at the president’s tweets, but South Park does not allow themselves to be normal. They poke fun at the president’s inflammatory tweets to Korea,  and America’s morbid fascination with them, by having people run over children because they are distracted by them. Just the shock value alone is one of the reasons why they are one of the few TV shows that have the support to come back for a twenty first season.

Everything they have covered have been hot topics in the news. This new season is proving to have the spunk it has had in the past, and seems more fit than ever to cover recent and divisive topics.

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