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Generation South Park, Part 1: Butters Goes to ACORN

October 21, 2009


Is pop culture nothing more than a safe haven for the left?  It is certainly easy to believe that, however, it isn’t true.

“Democrats piss me off,” are the words uttered by South Park’s most anti-politically correct character, Eric Cartman.  This can be seen as an overview for what drives the social and political commentary of the hit show.  Over the years creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have found a way to weigh in on every aspect of politics and pop culture that no one else would touch with a ten foot stick.

Last week’s South Park took on the recent issues surrounding the scandalous ACORN.  One of the show’s most ignorant characters, Butters, starts a “kissing company.”  He sells kisses to fellow students for money.  His small business turns into a prostitution ring, however, he is too boneheaded to realize it.  Knowing he needs assistance, he goes to the local ACORN office.

Of course, they help him out.  We even find out that some of the ACORN employees in the show are his customers.

We know that ACORN has not been covered by many media outlets but was widely reported on FOX News.  By acknowledging the scandal the show’s creators prove they follow FOX News or internet journalist Andrew Breitbart.  While the other networks tried to downplay ACORN’s corruption, South Park has clearly picked sides.

View the South Park segment on ACORN here.

Last Thursday night Sean Hannity responded to the episode on Fox News:

“I think that’s what they mean by making lemonade when somebody gives you a lemon.”

This is something South Park has done for years in taking shots at 9/11 truthers, radical environmentalists, Scientologists and the Hollywood elite.

While it is easy to dismiss many television shows as vocal avenues for the left, South Park continues to prove that it does not adhere to that standard.  The ACORN episode is a perfect example as they are not afraid to attack anyone, even the left that is usually protected in popular culture.

Earlier this year I wrote a piece titled “The South Park Generation” in which I discussed the politics of the show and why it resonates with young conservatives.  One of the biggest reasons that South Park is popular with Generation Y is because it constantly attacks the hyper-politically correct aspects of our culture.  It just so happens that most of the PC garbage they go after comes from the left, which is why young conservatives relate to the show.

I will continue to follow South Park as they take on the Left through their cutting edge social commentary.  The series will be called “Generation South Park” as the politics of this show provide a great intellectual window into Generation Y Conservatism.

  1. Fritz Becker permalink
    October 21, 2009 7:08 pm

    One thing that I have to say about South Park is that they do their research before putting a show together. Sometimes they are a bit vulgar, sometimes very vulgar, and sometimes stupid, but when they want to they can hit the nail dead on.

  2. shane comeback permalink
    October 22, 2009 3:13 am

    This was a good episode,except the gal behind the ACORN desk kicks them out-wouldn’t happen in real life.

  3. Jack Hampton permalink
    October 22, 2009 3:57 am

    Is this a cartoon program?

    • October 22, 2009 6:50 am

      Yes, “South Park” is a libertarian cartoon on Comedy Central that frequently presents biting political satire. If you can handle the frequent vulgarity you’ll like it.

      • October 22, 2009 10:02 am

        Jack may have been referring to ACORN, not South Park.

      • Jack Hampton permalink
        October 22, 2009 11:57 am

        Mr. Swindle For some reason I am not getting my email updates. Does anyone have any idea what I can do?

        • October 22, 2009 1:24 pm

          Sign up again. You’re talking about the daily email?

          It could be going into your spam. Check your spam folder.

  4. Marc,,Ayrshire Scotland permalink
    October 22, 2009 5:20 am

    South Park is the the cleverest programme out there..Whether its hate crime laws or Somali pirates SP delivers every time…They put the boot in to liberals and conservatives in equal measure and make no apologies for it…These guys are the greatest living Americans

  5. Freeme permalink
    October 22, 2009 6:49 am

    SOUTHPARK use to be way funnier until they started bending to their Masters Will pulling their strings. They throw out a bone now and then to appease right-leaning public, but on the mainline…they’re just another venue for the propaganda machine in making everyone appear stupid, sort of like Jerry Springer’s ‘reality show’ …remember?
    Imagine if all you ever knew about America and it’s citizens were from shows like this? Yes, this is a pretty sad picture indeed, so is it any wonder other country’s opinions of Americans are so ‘artfully’ tainted? And Oh! they love it when we look like fools giving them more fuel for their fires to hate us even more.
    But then, BO is trying to make up for ‘our’ atrocities as a nation with apologies to the world everywhere he goes…as if WE THE PEOPLE ordered wars and take overs of other countries with our power, and placing more puppet presidents ruling them!

    • redbeard permalink
      October 22, 2009 11:46 am

      Dude, relax. It’s just an adult cartoon for entertainment purposes. It’s a chance to turn your brain off for a half hour and laugh at all the rediculous people and situations that exist in this world. Don’t take it so seriously. S.P. is an equal opportunity lampoon show.

  6. Miss Ogyny permalink
    October 22, 2009 1:37 pm

    My teenage son and I watch Southpark together…sort of a “mom/son” bonding ritual. This particular episode would have been spot-on had the the ACORN reps NOT been portrayed as white, middle-class, uptight, law-abiding women. They should have been depicted exactly as they were in the sting videos: black, lower-class, nonchalant, lawless women. Why the obvious whitewash?

    But remember folks,Southpark is hardly an equal opportunity ridiculer. SP incessantly goes after Christians. NO ridicule of Islam and its creator yet! (Even the Mohammed episode was a cop-out. Mohammed’s image was never shown, nor was he personally “dissed”–an obvious “cave” to Islamisists.) And Moses is NEVER ridiculed…EVER! Yet Jesus Christ is demeaned quite regularly. (Remember the Osama Bin Laden episode where Jesus busts up Bin Laden’s cave with a machine gun? Or the Satan vs Jesus beat-down?)

    Yes, alot of sacred cows are put up for goring…Which reminds me, that episode with Al Gore and the ManBearPig is priceless!!

    • Joseph Cottrell permalink
      October 22, 2009 3:04 pm

      Sorry lady, but you’re wrong – you just haven’t been watching long enough. They made plenty of fun with Moses ages and ages ago in an episode titled “Jew Camp.” No reason to go back over ground you’ve already tread on when there’s so much new stuff to have fun with. Lighten up.

      • Mrs. Right permalink
        November 1, 2009 6:13 pm

        Yeah, every so often, Moses make an appearance (as Master Control Program from “Tron”). Hysterical that they portrayed him that way – completely illogical and all the funnier for it. 🙂

  7. ALouis permalink
    October 22, 2009 10:29 pm

    I wanted to see this episode so I went to and got this message:

    Due to pre-existing Contractual Obligations, we cannot stream this episode until

    This seems kind of weird considering the latest espisode was available. I wonder if they might have been prompted by someone to hold off on showing it for a while.

  8. October 23, 2009 8:20 am

    That happens every now and then. I remember when the Scientology episode aired, it got enough people upset at 9pm that Comedy Central didn’t air it in the usual second showing at 11pm. That episode also prompted, Isaac Hayes (voice of Chef), to quit. Matt Stone and Trey Parker are afraid of nothing!

  9. Doug permalink
    November 7, 2009 5:06 am

    Cartman may have said he hated Democrats, but he also led the Southpark townsfolk in a march against Jews and his interpretation of Mel Gibson’s agenda. I wouldn’t stray so far into Southpark as a “guide” for Gen Y. Then again, when there are Teabaggers at anti-healthcare rallies in Washington D.C carrying signs promoting anti-semetism, hatred, and racism, one has to wonder if Southpark is being taken too literally by the right-wing.

    • November 12, 2009 5:42 pm

      Hi Doug,

      Cartman certainly isn’t the face of conservatism in South Park. Each character has the potential to be used for the show’s political purposes. We use South Park as a guide to Gen Y Conservatism because it pokes fun of what we don’t like about the right and the left. The show mocks the extremely religious part of the right wing as well as the myriad of left wing bleeding heart movements. It is good to look at the show critically as they provide a slightly center-right perspective that aligns nicely with Generation Y Conservatives. You can agree or disagree, but the argument is there to be made.


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