That was the case Wednesday night when "South Park" returned for its 21st season with an episode titled "White People Renovating Houses", which largely dealt with taking shots at the white nationalist movement, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Eric Cartman has relationship issues with his girlfriend Heidi and turns to personal assistant devices like Alexa for comfort. Maybe I would have found that humorous as a teenager, but come on...
South Park made its return to television on September 13, and for the first time in a long time, it was met with praise and rave reviews for its handling of some of the darker aspects of life in the age of Donald Trump. If the episodes are singular, hopefully it means a return to form of Cartman. The season addressed gun control and police violence, and delved into the PC culture that eventually led to the most baffling USA election in recent history. "That was part of the bummer for us about (the previous) season; we didn't want to make it a big Trump thing, and we kept thinking it was going to go away and we didn't want to get caught up in just being a political show". And perhaps a lot of us with these models can actually relate. Given the recent news about the white supremacists in Charlottesville, "South Park" creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker did not allow the moment to pass without a little bit of social commentary through the cartoon.
Randy was used as the voice of reason, likely projecting the true thoughts of Matt and Trey. You just have to find a way to knock down that load-bearing wall. When they interrupt one of Randy's episodes live, he goes out and confronts them.
If we learned anything in the episode, I think we learned that HGTV can solve all the problems in the world. They made it seem like the white supremacists weren't stuck in the past, they're just unable to change with the future.
"South Park" avoided any violence, instead presenting a clumsy allegory to admonish white individuals who stand on the sidelines on racial issues - at least until it starts hurting their "brand". Although it had long understood the America that gave rise to Trump, the show was unequipped to keep up with a presidential candidate this, well, shameless.
Cartman asks him to play "Humble" by Kendrick Lamar and "Jim Bob" hilariously plays a country rendition of the rap hit. But whatever happened to the kids going on adventures and getting into trouble at school?