In conventional trend, this week’s episode of “South Park” was a well timed, overstuffed upbraiding of a lot of present scandals engulfing American tradition, topped off with a shock last-minute name to motion. Whereas an early clip of the episode — the third of the Comedy Central collection’ twenty-second season — launched this week hinted that it could tackle the current Brett Kavanaugh hearings, utilizing the perpetually common Mr. Hankey the Christmas Poo as a stand-in for the embattled Supreme Court docket justice, that was solely the tip of the iceberg.
Mr. Hankey was certainly topic to a weird listening to that amusingly aped among the extra notable moments from Kavanaugh’s current testimony relating to claims of sexual assault, however with one other well timed twist: Mr. Hankey had been fired from directing the annual vacation pageant after a collection of “offensive tweets” from his previous resurfaced. Mr. Hankey hoped to make use of the listening to to clear his title, solely making issues worse by blaming his tweets and “dangerous jokes” on an Ambien overdose.
It’s a weak excuse that may sound acquainted to anybody who adopted the current Roseanne Barr drama, during which the fabled comic fired off a collection of racist tweets after which tried accountable it on that very same sleep drug. Like Barr, Mr. Hankey isn’t vindicated within the least, and finally ends up bounced from not simply the pageant however the fictitious Colorado metropolis that performs house to the collection.
That’s the place issues actually bought fascinating. Shunned from his group, Mr. Hankey alights for brand new pastures, because the remaining South Park residents chatter that he’ll should discover a place “that accepts racist, terrible beings like him,” a spot the place individuals “don’t care about bigotry and hate.” Cue “The Simpsons” opening music and basic cloud-parting opening shot.
Looking back, nonetheless, the reality was apparent sufficient, as a result of it was proper there within the episode’s title: “The Downside with a Poo.” That title is a reference to Hari Kondabolu’s current documentary “The Downside with Apu,” which makes an attempt to unpack the influence of basic “Simpsons” character Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, usually seen as a racist depiction of South Asian characters.
Fittingly, a model of Apu — full with excessive accent — greets Mr. Hankey, simply earlier than the display cuts to black and provides up a name to #cancelthesimpsons. Positive, it might simply be “South Park” persevering with to rib a competitor (and simply final month, the present’s Twitter account issued its personal name to “#cancelsouthpark,” however it was a singular second to finish the present on, particularly one which already had a lot different materials to ship up.
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