South Park always has a finger on the pulse when it comes to topical subjects to wind people up over.
Their latest targets? Vaccine conspiracy theorists.
Needless to say, it hasn’t gone down well. The show mocked QAnon conspiracy theorists during the ‘Vaccination Special’ episode.
It aired last night (March 10), and it was an hour long. They also ran an episode called The Pandemic Special last year in September.
In the newest special, the South Park residents are introduced to the Lil’Qties.
Who are the Lil’Qties? Well, in true South Park style, they’re a group of radicalised school children.
One of them says: “Well, I just wanted to believe in something that would get me out of the house,”
Cartman tells them: “You guys have a right to say and believe whatever you want, OK? But what you believe is really stupid,”
Remember the now infamous ‘QAnon shaman’ from the US Capitol riots? He’s the one who requested special food in prison. He also makes an appearance in animated form.
Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey are pictured drinking children’s blood so they can “maintain their elite status”. Ouch.
Everyone’s favourite hysterical teacher, Mr White, is unsurprisingly claiming the government put a microchip in the coronavirus jabs. “Vaccinations are just another way for the elites to control us,” he claims.
Never ones to miss a tie-in, the official Twitter handle has since been changed to ‘South ParQ’.
Fans of the show are eagerly waiting for news of when season 24 will air. It’s been delayed for more than 12 months, thanks to the pandemic. However, they need not panic as the show is currently secured until season 26.
In the previous Pandemic Special, Cartman was angry as they were trying to make him return to school.
“They’re going to try and make us go to school. Do you really want to go back to that slavery?” he complains.
The episode synopsis says: “Randy comes to terms with his role in the COVID-19 outbreak as the on-going pandemic presents continued challenges to the citizens of South Park.”
“The kids happily head back to school but nothing resembles the normal that they once knew; not their teachers, not their homeroom, not even Eric Cartman.”
There are also rumours that more full-length films could be in the works.
Grant Gish is the ViacomCBS Entertainment and Youth Group’s new senior vice president of adult animation. He’s expressed an interest in making more movies and specials with Matt Stone and Trey Parker.
He told CNBC.: “As long as you’re doing something new, and that could be anything from a new style to a new tone to a new voice coming from a specific writer, I think it can work,”
South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut was released in cinemas in 1999 to huge success.
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