Eventually, he succeeds by apologizing for his actions and Kyle is touched, and tells him that if Butters is, for some reason, unable to attend, Cartman can. If the show’s largely male audience misidentifies him as a protagonist worth emulating, then that isn’t really the fault of the show’s creators and writers, just as Martin Scorcese can’t be blamed for the fact that a lot of dumb straight dudes think Joe Pesci’s psychotic, murderous Tommy in Goodfellas is some kind of hero. This episode was reminiscent of episode 9 from season 11. The truth is that an editor wrote to me a month ago and asked me if I had any thoughts about the purchase that South Park seems to have gained on contemporary conservative culture, especially in the post–Tea Party, now Trumpified era in which “owning the libs”—deliberately going after the various multiculti pieties of diversity, inclusion, and other supposedly softhearted liberal pathologies—has become an end in itself. But politics is not downstream from culture. But I have spent my career outside of writing in arts management and higher ed, and if you imagine that there is no cynicism among Americans With Disabilities Act compliance administrators or school diversity officers and H.R. Likewise, the show’s depiction of a strain of officious bureaucracy that uses an ostentatious form of well-meaning solicitude to mask various forms of self-serving malice occasionally strikes home. The government will be dumb and lazy, then increasingly hysterical. (South Park’s satirical depiction of a trans person came in a much earlier season, when the gay teacher Mr. Garrison had sex reassignment surgery, followed by a belief that he’s pregnant, followed, a few seasons later, by a bizarre de-transition that involved growing a penis on the back of a mouse. departments, you may be living in a cartoon yourself. Watching South Park at the End of the World The soul of conservative America just might be found in a cartoon about a gang of vulgar little boys. Insofar as he locates an actual Republican ideology in the show and its creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, it’s in an old, possibly apocryphal quote from Stone: “I hate conservatives, but I really fucking hate liberals.”. She and the other boys are at first relieved to learn that Butters is all right, but then, they learn of Cartman's part in him going missing, and they all angrily confront him, notifying him that the police are on their way. One of the children in the family seems like the perfect child so Stan is recruited to beat him up. I grew up in small, semirural towns myself, albeit in Appalachian Pennsylvania and not the Mountain West. Now that South Park has been on the air for 20 years, let's look back at how Trey Parker and Matt Stone got their cartoon on the air in the first place. But South Park, though no less affected by the hyperbalkanization of media than any other entertainment, remains influential. The soul of conservative America just might be found in a cartoon about a gang of vulgar little boys. He is finally cornered by the police, Sheila, and the boys. They received clearance from Casa Bonita to use their name and likeness, which Parker and co-creator Matt Stone thought was very unusual, making them "even cooler. This was in the flushed triumphalism of Bush’s still-new second term, just five months before the human disaster of Hurricane Katrina, “heckuva job, Brownie,” the deadly expansion of the Iraqi insurgency, and then, two years later, the implosion of the housing market and subsequent economic collapse, which sent Bush into retirement as the least popular president in modern American history. "Casa Bonita" was written and directed by series co-founder Trey Parker. The sets included brief audio commentaries by Parker and Stone for each episode. It will probably get worse. After Cartman leaves, a garbage truck comes and takes Butters to the city dump. If all this is not really funny, it is at least entertaining. Writing about South Park, a silly cartoon, in the middle of an eminently predictable and yet entirely unanticipated global pandemic has an uncanny quality, like meeting a time traveler and realizing that he is you. I was friends with guys like Stan Marsh, the show’s generally kind, usually moral protagonist, and guys like Kenny McCormick, the self-sufficient poor kid whose riotous, unsettled home life we all made fun of, even though we knew better. This is obviously—though perhaps not deliberately—hyperbole. We’re not back on Tegridy Farms, a place I miss dearly, but we’re back to leaning into potty humor, quite literally. A police officer explains the trouble Cartman has caused, noting that he will be sent to juvenile hall for a week, made the whole town worried over nothing, and his friends now hate him. We are now cool with the 18-25- year-olds [sic]."[10]. The disease will be absurd and gross (South Park has always been fond of playing fluid discharge for humor). It is not at all “impossible to overstate” South Park’s damage to American culture; quite the opposite: It is very, very easy to do so. Cartman's initial joy is crushed when Kyle says he is taking Stan, Kenny, and Butters instead of Cartman, due to his rampant anti-Semitism. There's not one episode I skipped past that all hilarious and usually with a compilation side I'm always skipping past one or same with the season of South Park or any TV show. The dead, if they have recurring roles, will come back to life. The show generally and quite explicitly depicts Cartman as a villain—vain, stupid, and mean—and it’s often either silly or satisfying to see him reap what he sows. The episode is the first in a two-part story arc, which concludes with "Go God Go XII". But this really is a top 15 that not … South Park Elementary faces strong opposition to the topic of evolution. "[6] The design of the restaurant in South Park is modeled heavily on the actual place. The titular restaurant in the episode is based on the real-life Casa Bonita, a Mexican-themed restaurant in Denver, Colorado. Watch Cartman, Kenny, Stan and Kyle in all their foul-mouthed adventures. Now, not three weeks into that response, he has already grown tired of it and has publicly speculated that perhaps the best response is no response. Art—and I am willing to admit that even South Park is a sort of art—may be a mirror, a camera, a conversation. As such, the show's depiction of the restaurant is fairly accurate. If the defining characteristic of left politics, even the callow, timid, technocratic liberalism of the modern Democratic Party, is a desire to answer the old, animating question, “What is to be done?” then its conservative opposite is a desire to enforce precisely that popular paralysis that renders all action futile, all improvement vanity, all solidarity fraud, all hope fantasy. But only one episode of the long-running series really caused Trey Parker to lose it. “I should have realized,” murmurs a dour Nick Stahl in Terminator 3, that “our destiny was never to stop Judgment Day; it was merely to survive it.”, South Park itself feels like a transmission from what should have been an alternate past, the one that the desperate time traveler from our time went back to, Terminator-style, in order to try to prevent our present from happening, but which, in utter failure, he only managed to cement into place. Parker and co-creator Matt Stone had both gone to the restaurant as children. This is where the show ultimately aligns with the conservative political project, for in the end, its principal quality is not offensiveness, obscenity, vulgarity, humor, satire, iconoclasm, crudeness, or topicality. Southpark year of the fan top 15 is effing hilarious ! It’s a curious historical coincidence that, in praising his favorite offensive comedians, Anderson also praises in passing Gavin McInnes, then best known as the party-boy co-founder of Vice, later to become an avatar of the so-called alt-right, before that dark movement, too, collapsed in recrimination after one of his fellow-travelers murdered a woman in cold blood after a neo-Nazi demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia. And, in a way, it does. “South Park as Healing Mechanism.” “I have struggled with ADD, anxiety, and depression since childhood,” Timpf confesses, until the liberating, take-no-prisoners, pan-directional offensiveness of the show “gave me permission to laugh at myself when it came to something that everyone around me had only ever treated painfully seriously.” The people who are “accusing South Park of ruining our culture” only “think that they’re being compassionate.” In reality, they’re selfish and self-centered; far from standing up for the targets of the show’s derision and mockery, they are trying to deny people access to the psychic healing that only broad, vulgar satire can provide. "The Biggest Douche in the Universe" is the 15th episode of the sixth season of the American animated series South Park, and the 94th episode of the series overall. a silly cartoon, in the middle of an eminently predictable and yet entirely unanticipated global pandemic has an uncanny quality, like meeting a time traveler and realizing that he is you. But only in increments, and probably for someone else. The inclusion of Casa Bonita was based on the crew's memories of going there as children; Parker, co-creator Matt Stone, director Eric Stough, and other members of the show's staff had visited the restaurant before. But we are all stuck in the house and watching a lot of television, so perhaps this, too, like a globalized viral outbreak in the age of near-instantaneous air travel, is inevitable. Are all administrators like this? I recognize the universal appeal. It has the sour stink of old squabbles over “political correctness.”, Political correctness is itself a fascinating term. This sort of theorizing is also indicative of the liberal left’s occasional impulse to adopt what is itself a deeply reactionary framework for interpreting cultural phenomena. Find all 269 songs featured in South Park Soundtrack, listed by episode with scene descriptions. Oh well. Kyle announces that as a birthday treat, his mother Sheila is taking him and three of his friends to Casa Bonita. Like Donald Trump himself—surely as close to a grown-up Eric Cartman (from his gross appetites to his whiny, self-serving obscenity) as we are ever going to get—the show’s political and cultural obsessions seem beamed in from the 1980s and ’90s, despite its frequently “ripped from the headlines” plot devices. In response to the current epidemic, we have in effect seen the plot of any average episode of South Park play out. The book itself is a hasty, tossed-together tour d’horizon of conservative media in the early 2000s: the Drudge Report, talk radio, Fox News, the “Blogosphere.” It devotes only one chapter to “South Park Anti-Liberals,” and only half of that—about a dozen pages in this barely 150-page book—to South Park itself, before pivoting to talk about the anti-P.C. Our vainglorious Cartman president glibly declares that there is no problem; then, when the crisis becomes indisputable, he cries that he never said that and moans that he hasn’t been given credit for being right all along. Timpf, in turn, was responding to a Twitter thread by the writer Dana Schwartz, who had tweeted, “In retrospect, it seems impossible to overstate the cultural damage done by SOUTH PARK, the show that portrayed earnestness as the only sin and taught that mockery is the ultimate inoculation against all criticism.” Schwartz went on to say that the show taught “that it was always cooler to be reactionary and contrarian, and anyone who criticizes anything is ‘offended’ and that’s the *real* problem.” She lamented that a “generation of boys [had] internalized it into their personalities.”. It is a sort of singular and universal commandment: Moses gone up the mountain to return with a single tablet that proclaims, “Stop complaining!”. (I almost wrote relevance, but thought better of it.). Randy Marsh has stolen the show in South Park's 23rd season with the plethora of antics he used to increase sales for his weed plantation, Tegridy Farms, becoming wilder by the episode. Cartman finally understands why Heidi wants to get him to Mars. Fans of South Park should take some comfort in the knowledge that the beloved, gleefully offensive cartoon isn't going anywhere anytime soon -- Trey Parker and Matt Stone's massive Comedy Central hit will have its Season 23 premiere next week, and their show was also recently confirmed to be renewed through at least 2022.. That said, they still have some thoughts on when … Nixon shitting on the Bohemian Grove, an upper-crust Northern California retreat for politicos and captains of industry to play dress-up and indulge in mock secret ceremonies, is revealing. It is the old “I got mine” ethic that views with contemptuous suspicion any person or group that comes along and asks for a share of the rights, privileges, and material advantages that those who already have them simply know that they deserve based on their own skills and innate merit. 11/15/2017. Educated Americans like nothing better than to identify a single piece of cultural flotsam on which to pin the decline and fall of our civilization, like a guy in an undergrad survey course who is self-convinced that lead pipes alone brought down the Roman Empire. Because it resembles them and their lives, people believe that South Park matters. Bret Easton Ellis, a former enfant terrible novelist who has matured into the kind of two-gimlet, country-club loudmouth that South Park—by no means exclusively a liberal-bashing show—would also delight in mocking, opined in a 2015 New York Times column that the “democratization of culture and the dreaded cult of inclusivity” had ruined critical culture, taking as his prime example a South Park episode that made fun of people’s self-serving, freebie-seeking use of the then-dominant review site, Yelp. He then guides Butters out of the shelter, making him wear a box over his head so he cannot see that everything is really okay under the pretense of protecting him from the radiation. These few pages are in turn padded out by synopses of episodes and long excerpts of “politically incorrect” and otherwise offense-provoking dialogue of which Anderson approves. But poets are not, alas, “the unacknowledged legislators of the world,” as Shelley had it, no matter how much we still wish that it might be true. Full Ep. [11] The episode is available for streaming on HBO Max. The third episode of season 23 sees Randy boasting about the $300,000 he made from brutally murdering Winnie-the-Pooh, highlighting the fact that South Park has now made it to 300 episodes … In this same episode, the flummoxed principal barely knows what “trans” means, and Mr. Garrison wearily advises her to just give Cartman what he wants—a cynical gambit to avoid a scandal. As a mirror, South Park has tracked the right’s various and often fleeting obsessions with of-the-moment exemplars of what it imagines as liberal excess, from racial diversity (the show’s main recurring black character is a young boy named, very on-the-nose, “Token”) to gender-inclusive bathrooms to what it presents as the invariably hyperbolic rhetoric of the environmental movement. Now this was, and is, the real heart of modern American conservatism, from Nixon moaning about Jews, Negroes, and fags on his secret White House recordings, to George W. Bush’s dick-first aircraft-carrier landing to pronounce “Mission Accomplished,” to Donald Trump’s, well, many personal peccadilloes. Cartman's too busy to notice as he plans to propel himself into the future on the precise release date of the newest, hottest game console. If I could travel back in time now and meet myself circa, say, 2005, just a few years out of college and struggling to figure out how to become a writer, and tell that younger me that in 15 years, nearing 40 years old, I’d be locked in the house during a plague year writing a review of the political valences of South Park, which would still be on the air, I’d have probably gone to business school sooner than I did. Cartman is set to replace Butters when Butters' parents tearfully inform the boys that Butters is missing, causing Kyle to postpone his party until next Saturday. The 240th episode of the series overall, it premiered on Comedy Central in the United States on October 9, 2013. Ask questions and download or stream the entire soundtrack on … The book’s introduction, subtitled “A New Era,” begins as follows: “CBS’s cancellation in late 2003 of its planned four-hour miniseries The Reagans marked a watershed in America’s culture wars.” Talk about obvious—but probably not deliberate—hyperbole! Quite the opposite. The girls revolt; the school, seeking to avoid a scandal, builds him a luxurious private bathroom; Wendy, a girl, then feigns being trans herself to get into the private bathroom. [7], Parker has called "Casa Bonita" among his top ten favorite episodes of South Park. The episode is one of the best in South Park Christmas episodes list and has a rating of 8.2. "Casa Bonita - Official South Park Studios Wiki", "Casa Bonita celebrates 40 years of sopapillas and cliff diving", "DVD Verdict Review - South Park: The Complete Seventh Season", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Casa_Bonita_(South_Park)&oldid=999685464, Short description is different from Wikidata, Television episode articles with short description for single episodes, Television episode articles with short description and disambiguated page names, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 11 January 2021, at 12:15. Its title? Cartman is deeply disturbed by a single person who he sees as a threat to all humanity. "Casa Bonita" was released on DVD along with the rest of the seventh season in 2006, and it is currently available for streaming on HBO Max as of June 2020. In 2015, National Review published a piece called “South Park Shows How to Defeat the Social-Justice Warriors,” which lamented the excesses of “PC culture” while complaining about such conservative bugaboos as Whole Foods and Lena Dunham. The concept for the episode came together at the last minute. [3] It was a Thursday—one week before the episode's airdate—when the show's writing team developed the concept that Cartman would be invited to a birthday party if Butters were unable to go. The show's writing team had the idea of Cartman convincing Butters to disappear long before the episode's production. Just a few weeks ago! For example, in the eighteenth-season episode “The Cissy,” which tries to satirize the then-hot topic of so-called transgender bathrooms, Cartman transparently feigns that he is trans in order to access the girl’s bathroom for his own convenience. The show has often mocked some of the most infamous people in the history and the episode is not an exception to it. Plus, there's a … Other less rigidly ideological writers also got in on the act. Club, wrote that "South Park delivered the best possible commercial for this restaurant/adventurescape with the surprisingly accurate and compelling 2003 "Casa Bonita" episode of the show. And beyond these, the show’s bestiary of Main Street America, its hapless parents and inept leaders, its weird small businesses and petty local politics, its moral pretensions and amoral vanities do ring true, however exaggerated. In the end, everyone will kiss, and the whole world will be infected; there will be a funny song. In other words, contra Schwartz’s complaint that “a generation of boys” had “internalized” South Park’s reactionary, mockery-as-virtue ethos, South Park externalized a long-extant but little-acknowledged tendency with American culture, and particularly within American conservative political culture. 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