Santa Drops the C-Word on ‘South Park’… And It Wasn’t ‘Christmas’ (Video)

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As its 22nd season came to a close, “South Park” showed that it can still surprise its audience.

In the animated comedy’s season finale, the show brought in Santa Claus to deliver some Christmas cheer to the citizens of South Park, at least until he found out they kicked out his old pal Mr. Hankey (which happened in an earlier episode this season). Then he used a much different c-word to show his displeasure.

“Have fun sucking Jeff Bezos’ dick, you bunch of c—-!” he says in the video above. If you can believe it, it’s the first time “South Park” has used that word.

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The finale, titled “Bike Parade,” was the second half of a two-part episode that centered on South Park becoming the newest home to an Amazon Fulfillment Center. The new center essentially becomes the sole place for employment for many South Park citizens, putting all other stores out of business. But the workers end up striking due to poor working conditions, and the end result is that center shuts down and thus ruins Christmas… until Santa shows up to (briefly) save the day.

Until he finds out why they kicked out Mr. Hankey, that is.

That earlier episode, “The Problem With a Poo,” centered on Mr. Hankey, the talking piece of poo in a Santa Claus hat that’s been in and out of “South Park” since the very beginning. In a hearing meant to mock Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination testimony, Mr. Hankey defended offensive tweets he posted.

At the end of the episode, Mr. Hankey was sent packing and ended up in Springfield (yes, that Springfield).

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“South Park” is going after Amazon in this week’s episode, titled “Unfulfilled.”

In the episode, the citizens of South Park are enjoying all the perks of being a company town when an Amazon Fulfillment Center moves in. Everything is just swell until the contradictions inherent in capitalism threaten to bring down the entire system.

And according to a brief video clip, which you can watch above, this includes the Scotch family getting their Amazon Prime membership downgraded… to Amazon USDA Choice (get it?).

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The episode is likely to poke fun at the consternation over the online retail giant’s two satellite headquarters that it will build in New York and Virginia.

In November, Amazon said it will split its new second headquarters between New York’s Long Island City neighborhood and in Arlington, Virginia, capping a yearlong process that had cities courting the e-commerce giant.

The company will invest $5 billion between the two locations and is looking to hire 25,000 employees to fill the new offices, Amazon announced. The company will start hiring in 2019. The East Coast had been pegged a favorite landing spot for “HQ2,” with the offices giving Amazon both a major presence in the media capital of the world and putting it close to the nation’s capital.

Amazon is receiving healthy tax breaks for the split HQ2, which have caused an outcry in some corners.

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‘South Park’ Boys Need Al Gore’s Help, But First They’ve Got to Apologize for That ‘ManBearPig’ Episode (Video)

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On this Wednesday’s episode of “South Park,” the boys need Al Gore’s help. They’ve just got to apologize for that “ManBearPig” episode first.

Catch a sneak peek for the “Time to Get Cereal” episode via the video above. Is ManBearPig back in the sleepy Colorado town?

Here is Gore’s “South Park” Universe bio, straight from the show’s site:

The former Vice President of the United States from 1993 to 2001, Al Gore has largely faded into obscurity since his presidential loss to George W. Bush. In a bid to stay politically relevant, the former Democrat has dedicated his life to warning people about the greatest threat to the human race… Manbearpig. Spreading awareness, giving presentations and speeches, studying the enemy, and of course, doing whatever it might possibly take to kill him, even if meddling kids get in the way. The only reason anyone pretends to take Gore seriously is they don’t think he has any friends.

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And here is the same wiki’s list of episodes the Gore character has appeared in:

  • “The Red Badge of Gayness” (Season 3, Episode 14)
  • “ManBearPig” (Season 10, Episode 6)
  • “Imaginationland”, Episode III (Season 11, Episode 12)
  • “200” (cameo in Season 14, Episode 5)
  • “201 “(cameo in Season 14, Episode 6)

Wednesday’s episode is the sixth installment of Season 22.

“South Park” airs Wednesday nights at 10/9c on Comedy Central.

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Butters has a new business on this week’s episode of “South Park” and Kyle is none too happy about it.

This week’s “South Park” episode will tackle the vaping epidemic, which sees Butters selling vape pens to school children, including Kyle’s brother, Ike.

“Butters, you understand this stuff is an epidemic at our school?” Kyle asks Butters, after he, Cartman, Kenny and Stan confront him in the clip. “Yea, and at five bucks a pop we’re going to be rich!” Butters responds.

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According to Comedy Central’s description of the episode, “Butters is selling vape pens and all kinds of fruity-flavored vape accessories at school. Meanwhile, Randy decides he should move the family to the country and take up farming.”

“South Park” has also taken the topical approach with the first three episodes of the current 22nd season, previously tackling the prevalence of school shootings in the U.S., the Catholic Church’s ongoing abuse scandal and Supreme Court Justice Brett Cavanaugh’s confirmation. Last week’s episode also got in a dig at “The Simpsons.

“South Park” airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on Comedy Central.

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It may not come as a surprise that a “South Park” episode titled “The Problem With a Poo” included a shot at “The Simpsons,” which has been criticized lately for it’s long-running Indian caricature-character Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, most notably in documentary “The Problem With Apu.” But how Wednesday’s Comedy Central half-hour actually ended might jolt your system a bit.

“The Problem With a Poo” centered on Mr. Hankey the Christmas Poo, who is a talking piece of poo in a Santa Claus hat that’s been in and out of “South Park” since the very beginning. In a hearing meant to mock Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination testimony, Mr. Hankey defended offensive tweets he posted.

The whole circus really turned into a Kavanugh-Roseanne Barr hybrid joke when the literal piece of crap blamed Ambien for his unkind social media posts. Yeah, the cast-off “Roseanne” star did that in real life.

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At the end of last night’s episode, Mr. Hankey was sent packing from the lovely little town of South Park, where nothing offensive ever happens.

“Where will he go?” Stan Marsh asks.

“He’ll have to find a place that accepts racist, awful beings like him,” dad Randy replies. “There are still places out there who don’t care about bigotry and hate.”

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Cut to: A relative facsimile of “The Simpsons” opening music and its classic scroll-down from the clouds.

Apu welcomes Mr. Hankey in the Springfield Square, and the the whole thing closes with a #cancelthesimpsons hashtag. That’s a play on the #cancelsouthpark hashtag that Comedy Central has used in its promotion of this current season.

Watch the ending of “The Problem With a Poo” below.

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South Park just went there on @TheSimpsons and Apu #cancelthesimpsons pic.twitter.com/djT8eTRgfn

— Matt Wilstein (@mattwilstein) October 11, 2018

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“Simpsons” home Fox did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment on the “South Park” swipe, nor did it’s studio, 20th Century Fox. Comedy Central did not immediately elaborate on it either.

Here’s what “Simpsons” showrunner Al Jean had to say about the episode:

.@TheSimpsons Please don’t cancel @SouthPark

— Al Jean (@AlJean) October 11, 2018

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This isn’t the first time the two popular animated shows have commented on one other. “South Park” Episode 607 was titled “Simpsons Already Did It,” and the whole plot basically revolved around the fact that the Fox comedy has been on TV for so long there are no original plot devices left for a younger show. Fast-forward to now, and “South Park” is in its 22nd year of existence.

“The Simpsons” have mostly relied on Bart to fire off a few rounds at its cable rival.

Below are video compilations of both shows getting their licks in.

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South Park will somehow tackle both Brett Kavanaugh and The Problem With Apu simultaneously

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It’s only been a couple episodes, but South Park seems pretty serious about tackling hot-button issues this season. The premiere was about becoming desensitized to school shootings and last week’s episode was about Catholic priests molesting children, …

‘South Park’ Goes After Brett Kavanaugh Hearing in Episode With Mr Hankey on Trial (Video)

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“South Park” will spoof the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation and other congressional hearings in Wednesday’s episode.

The episode, titled “The Problem With a Poo” — a riff off the title of Hari Kondabolu’s “The Problem With Apu,” a documentary criticizing “The Simpsons” for its portrayal of Indian Americans — will see Mr. Hankey, the show’s anthropomorphized feces/Christmas mascot character, having to testify in defense of his past misbehavior.

In a clip from Wednesday’s episode, Mr. Hankey faces questions from Mr. Waithouse, ostentatiously sniffling and claiming that his previous statements are misinterpreted jokes, both jabs at the newest Supreme Court justice.

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According to Comedy Central’s description of the episode, “Mr. Hankey’s offensive behavior puts him in jeopardy of being fired as the Director of the Annual Christmas Pageant. Meanwhile, at South Park Elementary, Strong Woman and PC Principal face a whole new set of challenges in their relationship.”

“South Park” has also taken the topical approach with the first two episodes of the current 22nd season, previously tackling the prevalence of school shootings in the U.S. and the Catholic Church’s ongoing abuse scandal.

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The Catholic League has an issue with South Park’s depiction of Catholic priests 

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As reported by The Wrap, The Catholic League For Religious And Civil Rights has issued a statement denouncing a recent episode of South Park, calling series creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone “cowards” for the way their show tackled the Catholic Churc…

Catholic League President Calls ‘South Park’ Creators ‘Cowards’ Over ‘A Boy and a Priest’ Episode

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Not everyone was laughing at Wednesday’s new “South Park” episode, “A Boy and a Priest,” which took on child molestation within the Catholic Church.

The episode features Butters developing a relationship with the parish priest, and jokes like this: When Randy calls Steven to warn him that the boys are missing and he heard they went camping with a priest, Steven responds, “Camping with the priest? Should we call the police or buy some condoms?”

The Catholic League called the creators of the Comedy Central animated series “cowards” for their take on the topic.

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Here is the Catholic League’s memo:

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on last night’s episode of Comedy Central’s “South Park”:

The October 3rd episode of “South Park,” titled “A Boy and a Priest,” portrayed molesting priests as pedophiles. This is factually inaccurate:  almost all the molesters–8 in 10–have been homosexuals. Therefore, the cartoon-victim characters should have been depicted as adolescents, not kids.

In Hollywood, the creators of “South Park,” Trey Parker and Matt Stone, are seen as courageous. They are really cowards. It takes courage to tell the truth.

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The group then posted the email address of Steve Albani, Comedy Central’s senior vice president of communications. The network declined to comment on the League’s statement.

The Catholic Church abuse scandal isn’t the only touchy subject “South Park” has tackled so far in its 22nd season. Last week, Season 22 debuted with an episode titled “Dead Kids,” in which the townspeople treated the only person who cared about a school shooting like she was crazy. You can read a recap of that episode right here.

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“South Park” Season 22 is following up its school shooting episode with one about the Catholic Church abuse scandal, a teaser for the second episode shows.

The episode is titled “A Boy and a Priest,” and is described as this: “A very special relationship has developed between Butters and the Parish Priest. When the town finds the church doors locked and no sign of the pair, they call in the Catholic Church.”

The promo for the episode features Randy frantically calling Steven, telling him the boys are missing, and the two try to figure out where a Priest would go camping, and where they’d be able to find their missing kids.

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“Hey Randy, what’s up?” Steven says in the clip, answering his cell phone.

“Steven, Steven listen. The boys are missing. Their friends said they went camping with the Priest,” Randy says. Steven responds: “Camping with the Priest? Should we call the police or buy some condoms?”

Last week, Season 22 debuted with an episode titled “Dead Kids,” in which the townspeople treated the only person who cared about a school shooting like she was crazy. You can read a recap of that episode right here.

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The Season 22 premiere of “South Park,” titled “Dead Kids,” drew 1.5 million total viewers on Wednesday night, counting two encores. The episode received a 1.01 rating among adults 18-49, which is generally the demographic most-coveted by those advertising on entertainment programming.

Though Episode 2201 slipped from last year’s premiere, which was scheduled a few weeks earlier on the calendar and thus beat the fall broadcast season to air, the 1.01 rating was 5 percent better than Season 21’s average rating in the key demo. The half-hour was actually the most-watched 2018 comedy telecast on cable for adults of that all-important age range.

“Dead Kids” satirized how numb our society has unfortunately become to hearing about a school shooting.

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On this episode of the Comedy Central cartoon, everyone in town is pretty apathetic to the kids’ elementary school getting shot up on the regular. Everyone, that is, but Stan’s mom Sharon, who sees how insane and terrifying it all is. Her husband Randy believes Sharon is overreacting to the recurring attacks, and blames it on either on her period or the early stages of menopause.

Naturally, the townsfolk all side with Randy and the children just go about their school day in a war zone like it’s completely normal. Yes, it was all perfectly “South Park.”

At the end of “Dead Kids,” Stan gets shot in yet another school-shooting. By then, even his own mom Sharon is unmoved upon hearing about the incident.

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‘South Park’ Season Premiere ‘Dead Kids’ Is a Big Middle Finger at Apathy Over School Shootings

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In its Season 22 premiere, “South Park” ditched ironic detachment for a bitter look at the depressing regularity of school shootings — and the country’s refusal to do anything about it.

And yes, despite the usual constant gags and the b-plot’s Marvel riff (in which Cartman becomes what amounts to a racist Jessica Jones), the episode managed to be a genuinely sober condemnation of the apparent national apathy about public violence.

The episode, called “Dead Kids,” sees Colorado plagued by near-constant school killing sprees that the people of South Park treat like expected inconveniences rather than a terrifying emergency. All except for Stan’s mom Sharon, who becomes increasingly despondent but is assumed by everyone else to just be hormonal.

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The episode begins as the South Park fourth graders get their grades from a recent math test. Immediately, a shooting begins offscreen, but class and teacher continue to argue over the test as the gunfire, screams, and later the response from police gets louder. The teacher even shouts explanations as police storm into the room.

Afterward, the kids continue talking about the test while ignoring dead bodies, police and the TV news reporters crowding the school. Stan’s mom Sharon shows up, sobbing with joy that Stan is still alive, and takes him home. Cartman immediately asks “jeez, what’s up Stan’s mom’s ass?”

At home, Sharon asks Stan to tell his dad, Randy, about his day. Stan sheepishly admits he flunked the math test. “No, the other thing,” Sharon says. “Oh, the school shooting,” Stan replies.

Randy only cares that Stan wasn’t the one who shot the school up and didn’t get shot. Sharon flips out about the fact that no one seems to care about school shootings, and storms out of the room.

“What’s up mom’s ass?” Stan asks.

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Later on after a second shooting, Sharon invites all the kids’ parents over to talk about the school shooting, only to face the same bewilderment. She flips out again, after which Randy has a cry session with his friends, tearfully explaining that he loves her, but is so hurt by her behavior. He’s convinced that Sharon is just freaking out because she’s on her period, and she’s selfishly taking it out on everyone else.

“I turn on the TV and dread they’re going to announce another school shooting,” he says, “and it’s gonna set my wife off.”

One of his friends suggests that maybe Randy consider this problem “is bigger than your wife’s period.” But only because it might be menopause instead. To find out more about that, Randy goes to talk to a medical professional: an EMT working at the scene of another horrific school shooting in a neighboring town, who explains everything while casually telling his colleagues where they’re supposed to stack dead bodies.

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After Sharon has another freakout because people don’t seem to care about school shootings, Randy, desperate to fix the problem, decides to make a romantic gesture with the help of all their friends. So it is that two of the other kids’ moms tell Sharon there’s been another school shooting. But it’s just a ruse to trick her into racing to the elementary school, where she finds Randy wearing a white suit, and singing a romantic song to her.

Meanwhile, yet another shooting breaks out. Randy keeps singing and the adults keep standing around even as bullets are flying into the room, hitting several of them including Randy. Afterward, Randy staggers outside, bloody, and his told by his supportive friends that “at least you tried.”

Sharon demands to know what’s going on. Randy, in a super compassionate voice, brings up her menopause. Sharon angrily tells him she isn’t going through menopause, and she knows because she just started her period. Randy then asks her to at least consider then that her behavior might just have been hormonal. She storms off, again, leaving Randy hurt and alone.

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But at the end of the episode, Sharon explains to Randy that upon reflection, maybe she might have been hormonal after all. She apologizes to Randy, who weeps with joy and thanks her. As this is happening, Sharon gets a phone call telling her that there’s been yet another shooting.

“Stan’s been shot,” Sharon says.

“Should we get down there?” asks Randy? Sharon pauses, trying to keep calm, and says “No. It’s not the end of the world.”

Nothing else to say about that except “damn.”

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