Since 6th Grade, I have one constant. My favorite among favorites in television, and that is South Park. For more than a decade now I’ve considered Matt Stone and Trey Parker to be quite honestly, the most in-genius television writers I have ever known.
Ever since the first season passed, they have steered away from their foundation of toilet-humor (hilarious toilet-humor if you ask me), and have turned to exaggerated metaphor, shock value, and social/political commentary. Today (along with The Boondocks) I consider South Park to be one of the most thought-provoking animated shows on television, today and possibly all-time.
One example that proves this and ties class (and iZombie) along with it is their episode titled World War Zimmerman. A spoof of the very recent zombie apocalypse-inspired film World War Z starring Brad Pitt. Needless to say, they had a field day with it. Of course, it is only fitting that Cartman is their Brad Pitt
It’s funny how we discussed the Haitian zombies in class, and how they were slaves and the fear derived from them was rebelling over their masters, the white man. You take a look here, and it appears to not have moved far from that original narrative:
These New York zombies, are apart of a nightmare Cartman is having, a nightmare where he is Brad Pitt. In the nightmare, they are fueled, gone feral with “Black Rage” in response to they Trayvon Martin verdict where George Zimmerman was found not guilty of any wrong-doing. All they are capable of saying in the episode is, “F*** you Brad Pitt!”
Eventually, Cartman wakes up and the manifestation of his fears are realized when he has an argument with his classmate Token; South Park’s “Token” black character.
What ensues afterwards is just an absolute cluster-fuck of scared white people, plane crashes, nuances of the “stand your ground” law and a fair ending to the madness started by a “Patient Zero”.
Some of the tropes in the episode are as follows:
Artistic License Law: South Park makes toilet paper out of the Stand Your Ground law with Cartman drawing a circle around himself (his ground). he does this because he is scared to confront Token based on his race. Cartman asks Token to bump fists throughout the episode, the very last time he does this, Token gives in – enters the circle – and the gets shot by Cartman. In justification, Cartman says, “He stepped on my ground…it’s my ground.”
Double Standard: George Zimmerman, who is the theme to the episode, shoots Cartman outside his house. Cartman was dressed in black-face. The police and Zimmerman thought everything would be okay, until they discovered Cartman was actually white. Zimmerman was executed, immediately.
What the hell, hero?: Kyle, the character of moral high ground. calls out Cartman after shooting Token in the following way: