Surprise South Park Ending Is A Massive Troll Of The Simpsons

Surprise \South Park\ Ending Is A Massive Troll Of \The Simpsons\

Surprise South Park Ending Is A Massive Troll Of The Simpsons

The creators of South Park seriously trolled The Simpsons on Wednesday by calling out the long-running hit show for bigotry and hate and closing with a #CancelTheSimpsons hashtag. 

The episode centered around Mr. Hankey the Christmas Poo, a talking turd in a Santa hat that first appeared in a Christmas-themed episode in 1997. In a hearing that mocked Brett Kavanaugh, Mr. Hankey attempted to defend his offensive tweets. The Poo blamed Ambien, a la Roseanne Barr, who once claimed the sleep drug played a role in a racist tweet she sent that ultimately got her canned from her own TV show. 

At the end of the program, Mr. Hankey was cast out of South Park and sent to a land that accepts racist, awful beings like him, where people dont care about bigotry and hate. That place? Springfield, the community of The Simpsons, where Mr. Hankey was welcomed by Apu, a character thats been condemned for its racist stereotyping.

South Park: “The Problem With a Poo” Review

The episodes title, The Problem With A Poo, was a reference to The Problem With Apu, a documentary about The Simpsons character and its stereotypes.

The most frustrating episodes of South Park are those that cant seem to pick one idea and commit to it. In the mad dash to draw in as many political and pop culture references as possible and cast the widest net, the series can wind up failing to do justice to any of its ideas. Thats really the biggest downside to the one-week production schedule. Theres precious little time for streamlining and refining these storylines. The Problem With a Poo illustrates that problem about as well as any episode in recent memory.

Since South Park is not exactly known for politically correct humor, the ending of the episode was likely more of a playful poke at a rival than a serious call for cancellation.

It also seemed to be a callback to a recent promo in which South Park called for the cancellation of itself, complete with a #CancelSouthPark hashtag:

To be fair, there were some very funny moments sprinkled throughout the episode. The callback to the premiere with the school shooting proves that gag has lost none of its grim humor. The way Mr. Hankeys courtroom appearance painstakingly mocked Kavanaughs various mannerisms and generally petulant behavior was also amusing. And, of course, the Simpsons spoof was a great little moment of mockery, even if the underlying message didnt quite hold water.

The two shows have occasionally referenced each other over the years, including a 2002 South Park episode called Simpsons Already Did It. The episode-long gag was that the The Simpsons had used every possible plot device. 

Too many South Park episodes are guilty of trying to cover too much ground and failing to establish a clear, consistent parody. “The Problem With a Poo” is just one of the more glaring examples of that trend. This episode tries to have its cake and eat it too by attacking badly behaving celebrities and outrage culture at the same time, and it fails to accomplish either. The funny moments this week cant outweigh the jumbled, frustrating narrative.

The Simpsons has also made a few South Park references, with Bart and Milhouse watching a fake episode of the show: 

When South Park depicted Muhammad in one of its most controversial episodes, The Simpsons used Barts chalkboard punishment to send a little message of support… sort of: South Park – wed stand beside you if we werent so scared.  

On Wednesday night's episode "The Problem With Poo," Mr. Hankey got himself in trouble over and over again for tweeting vile messages about the townspeople. 

When he was called out on his tweets, he blamed the "bad jokes" on Ambien, which is exactly what happened with Barr when she tweeted a racist message over the summer which cost her her self-titled ABC show.

The Comedy Central cartoon, in its 22nd season, also mocked Brett Kavanaugh and the incident where the judge was asked to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee after he was accused of sexual assault following his nomination to the Supreme Court.

Mr. Hankey ultimately loses his job working for the city and becomes a pariah. The one person who tries to stick up for him, Kyle, also becomes an outcast, but he is not made to leave town. 

The episode ended with the cartoon taking a shot at The Simpsons, which was done when people wondered where Mr. Hankey might go after leaving South Park. 

It was suggested there was only one town still stuck in its racist ways where he would fit it. The scene then cuts to Springfield and everyone welcoming Mr. Hankey, including Apu. 

The classic Fox cartoon was under fire earlier this year for the character of Apu, some calling it racist and demanding he be changed or eliminated. 


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