While most political attention was directed toward the second Republican primary debate, another TV program aired Wednesday night that may prove to be much more significant for the nation in the long run. In its 19th season premiere, South Park completely destroyed Social Justice Warriors and their cultish antics.
Although South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker don’t take themselves too seriously, the libertarian-leaning duo regularly infuse the cartoon with biting social commentary and have never shied away from controversy. Previous episodes have defended free speech against violent Islamic outbursts, ripped Scientology, mocked Presidential elections as a useless choice between a douche and a turd sandwich, and tackled other hot button issues like gay marriage, immigration, and 9/11 conspiracy theories.
South Park has taken on the P.C. police before, most notably in the season six episode “Death Camp of Tolerance”, but Wednesday’s “Stunning and Brave” updated the theme to take on the modern rebirth of political correctness in the form of SJWs. The episode was filled with the usual pop-culture references to Bill Cosby, Jared Fogle, and Syrian children, as well as a secondary focus on Deflategate. But most of the episode was about highlighting the absurdity of social justice warriors, humorously depicted in the episode as frat-style bros who spout social justice slogans between pounding beers and yelling woooo.
In the story, the elementary school principal is relieved of duty and replaced by P.C. Principal, a stern meathead who rails against oppression, lack of diversity, and microaggressions. He soon zeroes in on Kyle, who dared to say, “I don’t think Caitlyn Jenner is a hero.” In brilliant reference to the kinds of absurd claims often seen in response to GamerGate, the principal declared Kyle’s refusal to utter the groupthink invocation that Jenner is “brave and stunning,” to be a form of “harassment” and suspended him.
Stan’s dad Randy, consistently one of the show’s most idiotic characters, was later roped into joining the P.C. frat and going on drunken social justice benders, and then defending his actions each morning by reciting social justice buzzwords while clearly under pain of hangover. After being sent by P.C. Principal to target Kyle for refusing to recite the views of the SJW cult, Randy helped draw penises on Kyle’s face and tape him to a tree. In perhaps the most biting scene of the episode, Randy responds through one of his hangovers when confronted by Stan about harassing his best friend that he just checked Kyle’s privilege. And then he barfed.
Here’s a short clip that was used as a promo for the episode: