News: South Park Uses Cartman To Tackle Trayvon Martin Controversy, Dramatically Execute George Zimmerman

Thursday, Oct 10, 2013 11:50AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Comedy Central's "South Park" continues to prove there is no subject it will avoid and has addressed this year's controversial Trayvon Martin slaying in its latest episode.

The popular animated series relied on standout character "Eric Cartman" to showcase the episode.

Cartman dreams that he's ("f*ck you") Brad Pitt's character in World War Z, except instead of zombies, the world is plagued by black people who are upset over the Trayvon Martin verdict. And everyone talks like Cartman. They riot and even scale walls in a withering mass of bodies, like in Marc Forster's film. Meanwhile, back in reality, Cartman is mad at Token for not forgiving him, a white person, for what happened to Martin. He shares his feelings in a poem, "I Was Not the Bullet," before white boy rapping about what happened at a school assembly. The white kids "HEYYY," but Token and his sister don't "HOOO," and Cartman begins to freak out when Token calls out the maddening hypocrisy of what's going on. So much so that Cartman hijacks a woman's car, threatening her with a gun and the word "outbreak." (Uproxx)

Unlike what happened in real life, the "South Park" creators decided to kill former neighborhood watch worker George Zimmerman.

The news picks up the story. A crudely drawn Token is considered Patient Zero. Cartman purchases a gun from Ned and Jimbo to shoot Token before learning that your Stand Your Ground laws, where you can shoot someone in public if they threaten you, only exist in certain states, states like Florida. The military visits George Zimmerman to ask if he'll shoot and kill Token, a young black male. Zimmerman at first declines, but then shoots an approaching Cartman, wearing black face. The military considers him a hero...until they realize Cartman's not black; it's just shoe polish. George Zimmerman is quickly executed for killing a white kid. Cartman doesn't die from the gunshot wound. Once he recovers, he sees Token, and after spray painting a red circle around him on the street, he asks his friend for a "fist bump, bro." Cartman shoots Token in the chest. Stand Your Ground. But Token lives and refuses to make nice, so Cartman freaks out and steals a plane again. (Uproxx)

Since airing this week, the "South Park" episode has been applauded by critics.

As I mentioned earlier, this episode also had a solid ending, with Zimmerman getting the electric chair after shooting Cartman (disguised as a black kid), and Cartman (who can never seem to learn his lesson) turning his own gun on Token, shooting him pointblank and getting off scott-free. If that there doesn't sum it all up, I don't know what does. Delicately treading a fine line between hilarious and heinous, "World War Zimmerman" was a return to form for South Park, as it handily lampooned both the Trayvon Martin case and World War Z in one fell swoop. (IGN)

Over the past few months, Zimmerman has made headlines for criminal-related incidents.

George Zimmerman, himself, is a wealth of material, ripe for parody. Since his acquittal just over two months ago, Zimmerman has stayed in trouble. He's been pulled over twice for speeding, once on his way to a gun shop, and again for excessive tint on his car. He has also been accused of more serious crimes, including theft, for allegedly stealing from his in-laws to domestic abuse for allegedly threatening his soon-to-be ex-wife Shellie Zimmerman. (Classical Lite)

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