I keep seeing people say “well the episode wasn’t /that/ insensitive” and it’s like…y’all know south park didn’t have to make an episode about trans issues, right? they could have thought, “hey, this is a group of people who are already regularly misrepresented, harassed, and assaulted, maybe we could pick another topic to lampoon.”
its not like south park is hard to write. do an episode where, I don’t know, cartman pours lice on people’s heads and calls it the lice bucket challenge. butters gets lost inside pharrell’s big hat. al gore comes back and says super cereal again. sounds like a classic episode. how about one where the kids get tinder and cartman puts a heavily-airbrushed photo of a hot girl on his profile and people mistake him for joan rivers and people think she faked her death and is in hiding. they track cartman down and he dresses up as joan rivers, leading to epic and comedic situations. also randy overreacts to his son using tinder because he did online dating once and he got catfished by kanye west. this shit is not hard to do
*walks into south park studios* this is a bad show so it’s mine now
it’s not like any topic should be “off limits” for comedy or satire, necessarily, but that when you are writing comedy, especially about sensitive subjects, you need to punch up. think about the difference between daniel tosh’s rape jokes and wanda sykes making comedy about the hardship of being a black woman living in a rape culture. both are rape jokes; one perpetuates rape culture, the other fights it.
to bring it even closer to home, it’s the difference between “big gay al’s big gay boat ride” and “mr. garrison’s fancy new vagina.” the first episode dealt with homophobia, but its satirical targets were homophobes and the episode ended with stan happily announcing, “it’s okay to be gay!” to a cheering crowd. the second episode dealt with transphobia, but its satirical targets were trans people themselves and transness in general. both are episodes about the lgbtq community; one fought bigotry and the other perpetuated it.
so that’s where we are right now. holding our breath to see whether south park is going to make up for the damage they caused with “fancy new vagina” and the years of transphobic jokes about garrison, or if they’re going to pick up where they left off a decade ago. ideally - and i don’t have a lot of faith that this is the case - this is going to be like “le petit tourette,” which drew some ire from disability rights advocates before its airing, and then actually featured a segment where characters with various types of tourettes spoke about their experiences, and those same advocates concluded that the episode was well-researched and served as a clever device to educate people about tourettes who would never independently seek out this education. that’s the best case scenario. worst case scenario, it’s just “fancy new vagina” 2.0.
anyway. please don’t get mad at anyone who is anxious or upset or angry about this episode. please don’t use “no subject is off-limits” or “it’s just satire” or “get a sense of humour” or “calm down, SJW” to silence people. i realize the futility of making this appeal to people who actually use “SJW.” but it’s worth a shot.
and like i said: trans south park fans, look out for each other and take care of each other this week.
trans south park fans look out for each other and take care of each other this week okay
"Well, let’s just be lucky we’re not Butters; they won’t even let him come back to school."
i retuRN with a creepy au stan. its been ages since i posted art, wassup
i drew this in math bc math makes me feel like this tbh