Thursday, March 26, 2009

The Southpark Economy

The Last Pizza Supper by Leonardo DaVinci

Is it any wonder I love South Park?

Episode 1303, Margaritaville riffs on just about every aspect of the current economic mire in their own unique way.

When the Southpark Bank loses Stan's birthday money from his grandma, Stan's Dad becomes the prophet of doom who convinces everyone to stop spending to show the economy how much we respect it, so the whole town gives up their cars for llamas and wearing bedsheets to save money on clothes and laundry.

Frustrated at having no money, Stan goes from town to town to New York to Washington to try and get money back for the stupid Margaritavillle frozen drink maker his dad bought on a payment plan.

Meanwhile, Kyle adopts the role of Jesus (since he's the only Jewish kid, I guess) with Butters as Thomas and Cartman as Judas (no surprise there).

Kyle sacrifices himself to save the town and Stan learns the awful truth about how the government decides to fix the economy. There's even a great cameo of Cartman as Quint from Jaws (Judas and Quint in the same episode. What an actor!).

There's so much great stuff you really have to watch it. The end result is the best reporting and commentary on the economic crisis I've seen yet.

Watch The Full Episode Online: Southpark Episode Player

5 comments:

Sandi said...

I would watch this show if it weren't so incredibly crass.

A. Boyd C. said...

I don't know if the show would work if it wasn't crass.

As adults we come up with all these little lies to try and cover up just how crass life really is. It makes us a little more comfortable despite the insanity around us.

Southpark uses children because Children don't really get why we do that so they're constantly running afoul of our rules.
"Don't pick your nose mary." "Don't stare at the midget Bobby."
"Don't make fun of hippies, Cartman."
"Don't make fun of Cartman, Stan."

I don't know if satire works if you're not crass. Today we think of "Candide" or "Gulliver's Travels" as pretty tame stuff, but in their day they made people really angry because they were so crass.

You don't want too much satire in your life though, because we really would be in trouble without this facade of gentility, but you don't want to go completely without either or it makes us think the facade is real.

Sandi said...

Oh, I appreciate satire. Don't get me wrong. When I was younger my dream job was to work at The Onion. Maybe it's just a difference in our senses of humor. I think poking fun at politics and celebrities is funny. I do not think toilet humor and fourth graders cussing in cartoon format is.

(motherhood may be part of that too; I don't want my 6-year-old catching me watching something like Southpark. "Mom, what are they talking about? What does that word mean?" Oy.)

It's bad enough that I watch Jon Stewart.

A. Boyd C. said...

Actually I thought about that later. Parenting can really put you on the spot because sometimes you have to say one thing is ok when it really isn't and another thing isn't ok when it really is and you can't possibly explain yourself because kids will always bust you for being inconsistent so you have to maintain this parallel universe sort of thing where sometimes you're yourself but sometimes you're mom, but they're really the same thing, only not always.

It's too bad the onion didn't pick you up. They're missing out.

Joe said...

And it may feel like its crass, and yes some of the episodes are, but most are the complete opposite of crass, only very shallowly are they crass...

And I think children can deal with their parents watching people swear on T.V.

and as Jesus once said: Be you not to shelter your kin for then your kin wilt shelter you.