What a silly episode. One theme, as you may recall, is the children playing dodgeball on the international level. Simultaneously, Sheila Broflovski has decided to have a week honoring the school nurse, who has Conjoined Twin Myslexia, a disease that means a dead fetus, which was once her identical twin, exists somewhere in her body. Because this is South Park, that place is her head.
When Kyle is sent to the nurse’s office and sees her dead, protruding, jiggling twin, he is terrified and tells the other boys how gross it is. Sheila Broflovski overhears the boys and wants to teach them about acceptance; thus, she persuades Principle Victoria and Mr. Mackey to join her for a dinner with the nurse.
Mr. Mackey asks whether or not they’re going to have to eat kosher food at the Broflovski household and later that evening he asks if someone can please pass the pork. Curious considering that the Broflovskis are decidedly Jewish and Mr. Broflovski even wears a kipa (a.k.a yarmulke, which is the small Jewish head-covering). Though plenty of Jews enjoy pork, despite pig being unkosher (against Jewish dietary laws), very few who are religious enough to wear kipas (pl. is actually kipot) will eat pig. Interesting.
I do like the theme of acceptance, but the episode teaches us that it’s important to learn that acceptance is great, but the essence of people being accepted is treating them like everyone else. Throwing week long events honoring them for their bravery at being different and standing out is not treating them normally and accepting them.
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