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++