The much awaited South Park premiere was this evening, entering its twentieth season. The animated show on Comedy Central was eagerly anticipated as many connected with last season’s systematic lampooning of several hot-button societal issues that had been flying under the radar.
The episode starts with parents betting on which kids will sit out the national anthem at an elementary school volleyball game. The girls sit out the national anthem to protest harassment they’ve received from an online troll while browsing the school messaging board. This is, of course, a parody of the much publicised Colin Kaepernick and the Black Lives Matter media fiasco that has been shoved in our face relentlessly over the last few weeks.
The general consensus in South Park is that the troll is none other than Eric Cartman, the absurdist provocateur of the group, who frequently stokes turmoil in South Park simply because he can. As it becomes clear that the actions taken by the troll seem to be pushing the boys and girls of South Park Elementary towards a gender war, Kyle makes a vow to find out the identity of “Skankhunt42” and bring them to justice for their crimes.
Once again, spoilers…
It’s not until the end of the episode that the identity of the troll is revealed to be Kyle’s own father. Who also happens to be a practicing Orthodox Jew and the frequent target of Cartman’s various anti-Semitic crusades. The shocking twist presented us with this incredible imagery:
Secretly manipulating and dividing minorities and playing them against each other, who would expect the jew?
But seriously, this is comedy.
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