South Park premiere just ripped blue-collar entitlement

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The clip focuses on a bunch of slack-jawed white supremacists protesting through the streets with shields, Halo armor, Confederate Flags, and a sign with the noted South Park phrase: "You took our jobs!" Maybe I would have found that humorous as a teenager, but come on...

South Park airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on Comedy Central. It's a running joke that dates back to 2004, when the episode "Goobacks" dealt with American xenophobia in the form of time traveling humans. It would not be surprising at all if the show will feature President Trump speaking regarding the issue, and if this were the case, it would be interesting to see how the creators would pull it off. The events that took place in Charlottesville obviously haunt the show, yet the writers chose to avert the subject with a class-based reading of the events. "That was part of the bummer for us about (the previous) season; we didn't want to make it a big Trump thing, and we kept thinking it was going to go away and we didn't want to get caught up in just being a political show".

This brings up the question: did Matt Stone and Trey Parker do this on goal? The rednecks turn to the same language, too, chanting "You will not replace us" and-in what perhaps constitutes a breaking of Parker and Stone's no-Trump rule-claiming that the violence comes from "both sides". Randy said, "Hey Darryl - coal mining and truck driving are not exactly jobs of the future, so add Carrara subway tile to my f***ing shopping list!" Anytime Randy decides he's going to do stop being a geologist for an episode and do something insane like dad's at baseball games or become a chef, I'm all for it. Randy ended up telling Daryl and the gang that it's possible to change. It seems the walls inside Darryl are load-bearing... or something. Parker and Stone's Achilles heel is that they never figure out how to handle the white nationalists, portrayed here as Darryl and his posse of "THEY TERK ER JERBS" rednecks.

Tonight's episode was good, but it's like South Park continues to struggle to find that balance between political/social commentary and being hilarious. Although it had long understood the America that gave rise to Trump, the show was unequipped to keep up with a presidential candidate this, well, shameless. Waving the confederate flag to cool down the soup and Jim Bob playing a country version of "Humble" were laugh out loud amusing.

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