Colin Kaepernick featured on South Park
By James Lang
South Park has entered its 20th season of making millennials laugh and adults shutter as they engage the parental controls on the cable box. If you told me in high school that I would be watching cartoons in my late 20’s, I’d probably just end it right then in there. But South Park is timeless, and the fact that they cut episodes sometimes just hours before they air allows them to be timely in ways other shows just can’t compete with.
And, the season opener didn’t disappoint. I mean, how could they fumble the ball during a year with a Trump / Hillary mash-up, Black Lives Matter protests and Collin Kaepernick taking a knee instead of showing respect for our country’s national anthem? As all three of these things highlight our increasingly polarized country, South Park somehow manages to slaughter everyone’s sacred cows in one swoop.
[Spoiler Alert] An Epic Season Opener
The plot revolves around J.J. Abrams being recruited to revamp the national anthem; creating something that belongs to this diverse, polarized generation. Parallel story lines unfold as Trump (a.k.a. the Douche) tries to hand the election to Clinton (a.k.a. Turd Sandwich) by sitting through the national anthem on television during a football game, hoping to enrage his supporters.
Unfortunately, J.J. Abrams outwits the Douche and the race continues on. Kaepernick’s kneeling is left without meaning and the entire drama becomes so comically backwards that virtually nobody can take a stand, a kneel or a seat for anything meaningful.
Somehow, South Park makes us laugh while proving the point that it’s just a football game, with little meaning beyond a score and league standings.