More and more to the point

Trey Parker and Matt Stone are now on their thirteenth season of South Park, and in this most recent episode have driven home a point perhaps more effectively than ever before. Using the children as images of American ignorance again, Cartman takes a group of friends and flies to Mogadishu to become pirates, and in the process highlight all of the terrible hardship the people of that area have to deal with as well as the US and the rest of the world's part in abusing and neglecting the region; so much so that a major force of pirates has actually formed and taken the media spotlight. Not since the early days of western colonization has this been possibly the best option for a large group of people, and yet even though we have a nation full of people who largely seem to die young and brutally, it is only because a few white Americans on ships are taken ransom that anyone here takes notice.


You can tell, especially by the abrupt ending of the episode, that Trey and Matt are quite disgusted by our response. And while there are definitely some hilarious segments, with Kyle encouraging Eric's seemingly suicidal plan, and more classic Cartman-takes-over-the-episode moments, this episode is most definitely meant to send a message. We aren't just dealing with a parody of the election, or even women's rights as was so well and hilariously highlighted in the fourth episode this season. This is a direct and pointed jab at the shameful disregard for Somalian human rights, and their reasons for taking hostage ships and crew. Personally I can't conceive of a more appropriate direction for them to take the series. Far from running out of ideas after all this time, this brave new South Park is both funny and sobering. A++

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Aug 20, 2009 7:24AM EDT

Great Review!!

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Oct 13, 2009 3:10AM EDT

I liked the episode too; But, I disagree about Somalia in that our 'government' needs to get out of our lives, let alone invade and occupy other nations because we think their leaders are bad guys. The whole reason the two continents are in such a mess is 'because' of European colonization and subsequently European abandoning them because the homeland citizens didn't like having a few soldiers come home in body bags.
I have no idea what the creators of South Park seriously think or feel, and I kinda think it is irrelevant. I doubt anyone else really knows too; For instance, I think an argument could be made they were pointing out the fundamental error in calling them "pirates" because the word "terrorist" isn't politically fashionable anymore. The news jumps at the chance to use a word that 'feels' nice; And, the reality is they aren't really pirates, and a pirates life is hard and constant struggle.

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Oct 13, 2009 7:43PM EDT

Trepe, I am not sure you understood my review, and I feel that the opinion Trey and Matt are trying to express is rather obvious. It is not that we need to invade or occupy somalia, or really anything to do with their leaders. It seems to be the trend in countries like that to only gain enough power to steal enough money so you can live comfortably in exile anway, not that I would have any idea about what the agenda is of the leaders of Somalia. Your first sentence there is rather hard to understand, but my point is that we need to send aid, not guns, to these people, and we need to start investing in infrastructure so they have roads and hospitals and schools and jobs. Considering how much we have used, abused, or otherwise dumped on the people of Somalia, both figuratively and literally, our leaders should feel obligated to do so, and should have done so long before their people reached the point they are now at.What two continents are you referring to? I hope you do not mean America, because I cannot see us blaming England for why our country is such a mess right now... And why is calling them pirates inaccurate? They hijack seafaring vessels, use whatever resources they find on board, and ransom back whatever else they can. Terrorists also generally have a social or political agenda, and while I am sure the Somalian pirates would agree that they need aid and that we have abused them, they are not sending videos out on the internet, they are doing whatever they can to survive. I think the distinction is pretty clear, unlike whatever emphasis your are trying to make apparent with those quotation marks in your first paragraph that so evades me. Care to clarify your point?

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