In order to get fired and then sue the school board for tons of money for unlawful dismissal, Mr. Garrison introduces the class to Mr. Slave and proceeds to engage in incredibly lewd and inappropriate conduct with him in the classroom – including but certainly not limited to shoving Lemmiwinks, the class gerbil, up Mr. Slave’s ass.
The parents, believing that their children are intolerant of homosexuality – something they couldn’t care less about, just Mr. Garrison’s behavior – make their children go to the Museum of Tolerance. When that doesn’t work, it’s time for the Death Camp of Tolerance.
This episode introduces us to a number of stereotypes, emphasizing the fact that we are all different and should be accepted for our differences. At the same time, it points out two important issues surrounding the idea of tolerance. The first is the sometimes hypocritical nature of tolerance, which is to say that people are supposed to be accepted for differences they cannot help but when it comes to life choices – like smoking – we can be intolerant. This, South Park contends, is bullshit.
Additionally, the show asks us to question the limit of tolerance and think about where we draw the line. As Mr. Garrison says:
“This kind of behavior should not be acceptable from a teacher…[You should be] tolerant, but not stupid! Look, just because you have to tolerate something doesn’t mean you have to approve of it! If you had to like it, it’d be called the Museum of Acceptance! “Tolerate” means you’re just putting up with it! You tolerate a crying child sitting next to you on the airplane or, or you tolerate a bad cold. It can still piss you off! Jesus Tap-dancing Christ!”
Did you like this episode? What things are you intolerant of? Where do you draw the line? Have you ever shoved a gerbil up your ass?
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