The Queer Eye Guys Popularize Metrosexualism in Episode 708, “South Park Is Gay”

Ah, the Queer Eye For the Straight Guy craze. I remember that. Yeah, I admit it, too: I enjoyed it. Sure, the novelty wore off pretty quickly, and even though South Park made a good point of not letting an obsession with gay culture make straight men forget that they’re men, the residual effects of a show like this, I think, are positive. There are a crapload of men out there who really need to get it together – cut off that rattail, clean up their homes, learn to practice a little personal hygiene, etc. If a team of flaming queers had to come in and wake them up for the purposes of entertainment, so be it, I say.

In any case, this episode of South Park was about the way becoming a metrosexual took over the town, making all of the men and boys of South Park hyper-concerned about their clothes, hair, fashion and hygiene. Kyle, however, can’t get into this new fad. Metrosexualism just isn’t for him.

Indeed, when he comes home beat up one day because the other boys kicked his ass for being different, Mrs. Broflovski immediately concludes that Kyle was tormented for being Jewish. “No,” he tells her. “For not being a metrosexual.”

When Mr. Garrison learns about this awful fad, he and the women of South Park – initially pleased with their husbands shifting priorities but eventually in desperate need of the men back in their lives – march to the president to demand that he put an end to this horrible metrosexual craze and stop the Queer Eye guys. Unfortunately, the Queer Eye guys have gotten to the president first and are making him over. That’s when we uncover the evil Queer Eye plot.

They’re not really homosexuals but Crab People who live beneath the earth’s surface. By turning the men of the world into sissies, they plan to rise to the surface and take over. Fortunately, Mr. Garrison and the women of South Park kill the Queer Eye Crab People, thereby saving us all.

This episode is pretty hilarious all the way through, but I must say I think that it peeks in hilarity with the Crab People song: “Crab People. Crab People. Taste Like Crab. Look Like People. Crab People. Crab People.”

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Cartman and Kyle Argue Over Jew-Gold in South Park Episode 908, “Two Days Before The Day After Tomorrow”

The Day After Tomorrow – blech what a craptastic movie. “Two Days Before the Day After Tomorrow” – what an awesome episode.

When Stan and Cartman wreck a dam with a stolen speedboat, thereby flooding a town in a valley below the dam, the entire country freaks out that global warming has caused this flooding and everyone starts panicking. I’ve already explored some of South Park‘s thoughts and skepticism about global warming in my post on episode 1006, “Manbearbig” and in episode 505, “Terrance and Phillip Behind the Blow,” so I will refrain from elaborating in great detail here except for to say that, to whatever degree Trey Parker and Matt Stone appreciate the importance of not obliterating the environment, they don’t wholly subscribe to the terror of global warming.

In any case, despite mocking global warming fanatics, this episode is particularly memorable for a hilarious exchange between Kyle and Cartman when they are trapped in a collapsing and burning building in the flooded town. Cartman refuses to allow Kyle to pass him and move to safety on the roof of the building where a helicopter awaits unless Kyle cedes his Jew-gold. What is Jew-gold, you ask? It is the bag of gold that all Jews carry in a small sack around their necks.

Obviously, Kyle contests the notion that he has such a thing or that it even exists, and what is even more hilarious than the banter between the two is when Kyle finally reveals the Jew-gold and gives it to Cartman. The ridiculousness of this scenario exposes the absurdity of many anti-Semitic beliefs, like that Jews used to use Christian blood to make their matzas, a Middle Ages belief called blood libels.

Mmmmm, matza.

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In “Le Petit Tourette,” South Park 1108, Cartman Admits to Gay Childhood

This episode is disturbing and hilarious. When Cartman learns of Tourette’s Syndrom, he starts cursing and claims to have developed this awful affliction. He uses it as an excuse to say anything he wants, including anti-Semitic slurs at the Broflovskis, who literally can’t do anything about it.

By the end of the episode, he actually does develop Tourette’s, however, and starts saying things about himself uncontrollably, like about his gay sexual encounters with his cousin. Terrified of going on national television and saying something he doesn’t want to – though originally thinking it would be awesome to curse on TV – Cartman prays to God:

How did I get myself into this? God? Please uh, I know I screwed up. I should have never pretended to have Tourette’s Syndrome, but see, ah I get it now. You can’t just walk around saying whatever you want. You gave us a filter because, people don’t wanna hear things like “I touched penises with my cousin!” And I learned, you especially can’t say whatever you want on national television, ’cause, there could be kids watching. Please, God, don’t make me embarrass myself on national television. You must see how this is all somewhat your fault, right? Please, I need a miracle.

Not only is South Park making fun of itself for insisting that they should be allowed to say anything they want on TV and mocking those who insist that they shouldn’t because children could be listening (and those people not realizing that they shouldn’t allow their children to watch whatever they want late at night if this is such a concern), but it also plays on our constant prayers to God. Yeah, Cartman needs a miracle but it’s obviously his fault he’s in this situation and only wants God’s involvement when he’s screwed up royally.

A really great episode. What’d you think? Do you have Tourette’s and think that worse things should have happened to Cartman for being so horrible?

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South Park Episode 704, “Canceled,” Tackles Great Jewish Stereotypes

Though it seems as though episode 101 is repeating itself, we learn that this deja vu is nothing more than a rerun – and when reruns start coming on we know it’s time for a show to be canceled. Which show? Earth! That’s right, the Earth is actually a reality television show – one of the most popular in the universe – but since it’s becoming stale, it’s time for it to go.

This episode, excellent as it is, has two things worth focusing on for The Zen of South Park. The first is it’s self-reflective jabs regarding the length of a show’s run and that it should be canceled. Yes, South Park is talking about itself…jokingly. South Park has numerous self-reflective jabs (think of the Cartoon Wars episodes, in particular). Can you think of any others?

The second thing that’s great to focus on is the Jewish stereotypes. “What!?” you cry. “There are stereotypes involving people of Jewish descent?” Yes, I know it’s shocking, but also shockingly true, and a number of them are explored in this episode, particularly the notion that Jews control the media. Yep, they’re everywhere, especially when it comes to the media. Hitler knew it (see his Table Talks for evidence) and Trey and Matt know it. Considering the fact that Matt is Jewish, evidence of this stereotype is already emerging.

Joosians live on the planet Fognl, and are big green aliens that look suspiciously Jewish, have Brooklyn accents, control all the media in the universe and seem to be blood relatives of Kyle (discovered when they eat some gross food). If you don’t understand any of the references I’m making or if any of the jokes from the actual episode seem unclear (and are related to Jewish stereotypes), don’t hesitate to ask.

Did you like this episode? What was your favorite joke? What stereotypes did you notice that I didn’t mention here?

In The Zen of South Park I’ll explore the effects of revealing so many Jewish stereotypes as well as Cartman’s anti-Semitism, and discuss why South Park has provided us with an excellent medium of leaning about these things.

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South Park Tonight – Two Episode Wednesdays

Without new episodes of South Park airing in the off season, viewers like you and me are guaranteed an hour of enjoyable watching between 9:30 and 10:30. Tonight’s episodes are Free Hat (609) and Over Logging (1206). Despite the great lead-in with the latter episode, now, I don’t think, is the time to go into the effect of the internet on our society…oh, hell, for just a second maybe.

I love the internet. It’s a symbol of globalization. “Globalization!” you say, amazed that I could support a process that has such a devastating effect on the nearly extinct Nabotu tribe of southern Guinea that hasn’t contacted the outside world in 476 years. Well, fuck the Nabotu, I say. Don’t get me wrong – it’s great for people to embrace and appreciate their own cultures, but I don’t think the world should slow down because the Nabotu want to keep circumcising their women. And what is the ultimate symbol of the world’s speed and progress and most importantly, interconnectedness: the Internet. With the Internet we have all become connected to each other and we are all able to see the way that others love, making it impossible for those living in crappy circumstances to continue accepting a crappy deal from their crappy governments. And so they advocate for change. The Internet also creates more economic dependency faster than ever before and it is this that I believe is the key factor for preventing wars between nations: economic relationships.

Take France and Germany, for example. Terrible enemies for hundreds of years, and the major continental enemies of the World Wars, and after the economic integration of the post war years (thank you Allies for not devastating Germany the way you could have) the two countries have never been closer and a war between them would only result in mutually assured destruction for either. No more continental-wide European wars are even possible. It’s beautiful. Thank you globalization and thank you Internet for speeding that up. And that brings us to episode 1206, about our society’s dependence on the Internet.

What do you think of Globalization? Do you support its trajectory?

Yes, we certainly are, and it’s not always healthy or reasonable but hopefully the trend is pendulum like and eventually we will all start to realize the importance of a healthier balance in our lives than we have now – not that some of us don’t still play outside, enjoy sunshine and summer activities, interact with loved ones normally, etc. So, watch episode 1206 if only for Randy cuming so thoroughly that he covers the room in his semen.

Episode 609, Free Hat, is a great episode for a lot of reasons, including the way it attacks the foolish Hollywood enhancement of movies that were great the way they were. Notably, when the boys bring Speilberg and Lucas on Nightline, Cartman explains that the two director-producers are only concerned with money. Why? Coppell asks. Because they’re all Jews, Cartman explains. Lucas mentions, a bit confused, that he’s not a Jew. What is the purpose of this anti-Semitic (and hilarious) demagoguery? Chapter 9 of The Zen of South Park, all about stereotyping and anti-Semitism, will explain.

Do you have thoughts or questions about this scene or other similar ones or where a particular stereotype generates from?

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