I HEART SOUTH PARK
After the all-too-real political situations of The West Wing—not to mention the surreal and upsettingly vitriolic world of actual politics--it’s a pleasure to watch South Park’s little animated characters conduct their campaigns for a new school mascot. (WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD)
The choices? In one corner, Giant Douche. In the other, Turd Sandwich. (It took me a minute to extrapolate the metaphor I had hoped would be in the season premiere of the irreverent series…) The process gets speared too…like voter registration drives designed to get people to vote for their candidate, vote campaigns organized by certain hip-hop moguls that threaten “Vote or Die.” And when one citizen (deciding that he cannot choose one candidate over the other because they both suck) decides not to vote at all, he is tied to the back of a horse with a bucket on his head and banished from South Park entirely. And if you think PETA activist French kissing a llama has nothing to do with doing your civic duty, you’d be wrong.
The greater lesson? Nearly every election since the beginning of time has been between a Giant Douche and a Turd Sandwich…
Who ever said television wasn't educational?
[And in case I haven't mentioned it yet today, I can't wait for this election to be over.]