Cartman and Wendy Battle it Out in South Park’s New Episode: 1209, “Breast Cancer Show Ever”

This was a hilarious new episode and a great way to continue season 12. Wendy and Cartman match wits and brawn as Cartman continues to provoke her publicly while privately pleading for peace.

It all begins with Wendy trying to raise awareness of breast cancer and after being repeatedly challenged by Cartman with jokes like, “tittie cancer,” and speaking about Wendy’s killer tits, she declares that they’re going to fight and she’s going to kick his ass.

Realizing how terrible it will be to get his ass kicked by this angry and determined girl, Cartman begs Wendy to accept his quiet apology. Wendy relishes the opportunity to kick his ass and has no desire to call the fight off.

Though Cartman brings parents into the fray to stop the fight, Principle Victoria calls Wendy into her office and explains that she is a breast cancer survivor. She then launches into a diatribe about how fat little cancers must be fought and destroyed: “You refuse to let that fat little lump make you feel powerless.”

Needless to say, the fight is awesome but I’m not going to ruin it by telling you who wins.

This episode is distasteful, offensive and violent: e.g. “Like the victims of breast cancer, there’s something I’d like to get off my chest,” Cartman says. Good old pointless South Park episodes. Enjoy!

What did you think about this episode? Did you like it better than the last new episode, “The Chinese Problem”?

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In “Fourth Grade,” South Park Teaches of the Value of Moving Forward in Life

The boys, fearing that fourth grade is going to suck and desperately wanting to return to the third grade, try to make a time machine and travel back. After an episode of attempts to do so, Ms. Choksondick tells them:

“Life isn’t about going back, it’s about going forward. Yes, there are times in our life that we wish we could relive, but, if we already lived them perfectly, why live them again? The adventure of life is that there’s always something new. New challenges, new experiences. A fun game is a game that gets harder as it goes. So it is with life. Do you understand?”

This, I think, is wonderful advice and important for everyone to keep in mind, even if we’re not attempting to make time machines to bring us back to the third grade.

Life is about things getting more challenging and overcoming those challenges and experiencing new things. If life never got harder than multiplication tables and cursive writing then America wouldn’t have won the space race – and what’s more important than the space race if we’re ever going to colonize other planets when the resources of this one no longer sustain us. But let’s not make this geopolitical – let’s keep it personal. Let’s realize the value of adventure and challenge and new experiences and watch episode 412 of South Park.

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In “Proper Condom Use,” (507) South Park Has Mr. Garrison and Mr. Mackey Teaching Sex-Ed

In this episode Mr. Mackey teaches sex ed to the boys and Ms. Choksondick teaches it to the girls. Mr. Garrison, because it’s believed that younger and younger children should learn about proper condom use, teaches sexual education and proper condom use to the kindergartners. Basically, it’s a huge mess because none of these people should be talking about sex with children. Unfortunately the parents were too chicken to do it themselves. At the end of an episode that has seen total chaos and all out war between the sexes (terrified of pregnancy and disease), Chef says the following:

Well I hate to say it but you all got what you deserved. Look, schools are teaching condom use to younger and younger students each day, but sex isn’t something that should be taught in textbooks and diagrams. Sex is emotional and spiritual – it needs to be taught by family. I know it can be hard parents but if you leave it up to the schools to teach sex to kids you don’t know who they’re learning it from. It could be someone who doesn’t know, someone who has a bad opinion of it or even a complete pervert.”

After everyone agrees the boys ask Chef when the right time to start having sex is. He answers, 17. It’s as simple as that: 17. Good advice, I think.

Though I don’t think sex ed in schools is such a terrible thing and talking to parents about sex can be very awkward, I certainly support the importance of having an open dialogue between parents and their children about sex. It is difficult to know when the time is right to have the talk but starting to be honest at a young age – when they see sexual advertisements and images of sexual things in pop-culture around them – can be fine if you start simple. You need not describe the anatomical specifics of the Lotus position, but just share a little so that by the time the questions come and the big issues need to be discussed, there’s a foundation of openness and understanding.

Did you like this episode? Have you had to talk to your children about sex? Awkward? How did you do it?

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