On “Cartman Sucks,” episode 1102, We Learn to Pray the Gay Away

The eleventh season of South Park was spectacular, and it’s incredibly hard to pick a favorite episode. By the second episode of the season, however, I thought I’d found one. “Cartman Sucks” is incredible.

Cartman, in an attempt to degayify himself after placing Butters’ schlong in his pie-hole (funny how that’s still slightly confusing), tries to have Butters’ swallow his salami (Kyle said that would work to reverse the gay polarity). When Mr. Stotch walks in on this momentous event, he freaks out and sends Butters’ to Camp New Grace where he’s supposed to pray the gay away. From there the episode is nothing short of remarkable and very important to The Zen of South Park.

We see the terrible effects of trying to force gay people to suppress their sexuality and why it’s such a horrible thing to do. After a camp experience where he’s forced to write scripture verses, hear all about how with Jesus’ help he can stop being confused – and he really is confused since he has no idea what bicurious is – and listen to lectures about being someone that he’s not, Butters gets fed up and offers us an amazing conclusion:

“I’m not gonna be confused anymore just because you say I should be! My name is Butters, I’m eight years old, I’m blood type O, and I’m bicurious! And even that’s okay! Because if I’m bicurious, and I’m somehow made from God, then I think your GOD must be a little bicurious himself!”

How beautiful that Butters comes to this conclusion by actually using ideas in the Bible and makes the other bicurious children feel better and less oppressed by the conservative Christian attitude that has been causing them to commit suicide instead of live a life as someone that they’re not. It really is an amazing episode – amazingly funny, amazingly intelligent and amazingly classic South Park.

Did you like the episode? Have you ever been to a gay camp (whether to enjoy being gay or to suppress your homosexuality)? What do you think of these camps?

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  1. Camp grace – Pray the gay away
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