- The Washington Times - Friday, September 29, 2017

“South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone used a Christopher Columbus-themed episode this week to once again show fans that they have no intention of shying away from controversial material.

Outrage over controversial monuments that first started with the Aug. 12 killing of Heather Heyer at a Charlottesville, Virginia, protest was the topic at hand for Wednesday night’s episode of “South Park.” The writers used “Holiday Special” to lampoon activists and pundits who are incapable of holding nuanced debates.

The episode features a main character’s father, Randy, who goes on a political crusade against cultural monuments to Christopher Columbus.

“Dad, come on. We all get your point, but don’t you think you’re overdoing it?” Randy’s son asks at one point as his dad berates strangers who live in Columbus, Ohio.

“You have to overdo it in today’s society, Stan,” the character replies. “You can’t be nuanced and subtle anymore or else critics go, ‘Wow, what was the point of that?’”

The writers’ satire, true to form, elicited different interpretations depending on the ideological bent of the outlets reporting on the episode.

Breitbart News told viewers on Friday that the episode “Rips SJWs over statue tear-downs and identity politics,” while Esquire magazine said “the important take away here is ‘South Park‘s’ analysis of white victimization.”

“It is revealed […] that Randy has a slightly higher genetic link to ancient Neanderthals with a 2.8 percent genetic makeup similarity. Randy, completely oblivious as to what a Neanderthal is, declares that he is part of a protected race that were victims of genocide by white people in an attempt to score SJW points,” Breitbart reported. “This moment personifies the episode’s scathing commentary on how the left uses identity politics and is obsessed with destroying historical monuments they have deemed racist to virtue signal about their moral values.”

Esquire offered another perspective, saying “Holiday Special” imparts the message that “white people address their own guilt and violent past by rebranding themselves as the victims. [The episode] ends with Randy giving a speech about a new holiday, in which he keeps misusing the word “indigenous”—often confusing it with ‘indignant.’”

Season 21 of “South Park” airs Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. EDT.

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