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WATCH: South Park Sends Up Jason Russell’s San Diego Meltdown

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Queerty reader Mark G sent us this clip from one of our favorite shows, South Park. We’re not sure what the exact storyline is, but its cleary a spoof of Invisible Children founder Jason Russell and his crazy nude shenanigans. Y’know San Diego should really consider using this clip in its tourism campaigns—it really sells the city in a nice way. We’d love to drop a load there.

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24 Comments

  • 13Zeroither

    although i didn’t get this part, i loved this episode :)

  • Kev C

    They missed the part of this being the gayest hissy fit in human history performed by a straight man.

  • the other Greg

    San Diego is a great place to “drop a load.” Not on the sidewalk, though.

  • Curtis

    Was Russel really “jacking off”?
    I thought he was just walk/running down the street nude, shouting and snapping his fingers over his head.

  • Dame

    It was a brilliant episode.

  • michael

    Kev c, the guy is hardly straight. It’s just shameful he had a breakdown when his closeted self came bursting out.

  • Drew

    This happened weeks ago. South park is late when usually they’re up to date and on time with current events.

  • Greg

    While I thought that bit was funny, I’m not sure I was thrilled with the overall
    message of the ep. Butters is being bullied – by his grandmother! It’s not entirely clear if she is doing it because she is highly disturbed or also to force Butters to assert himself and say no to people bullying him. Either way, the take-home message seemed to be:
    1) Anti-bullying campaigns are mostly stupid
    2) Increasing awareness about bullying means taking attention away from the real victims
    3) People who run anti-bullying campaigns are bullies themselves
    4) The people making the Bully movie are greedy and should put the movie on the Internet for free if they want all to see it (apparently they could make the film for free too! And apparently zero of the proceeds will go to anti-bullying campaigns..they seem to think)
    5) Maybe the best thing is just to shut up and it will all work out.

    Yes, I understand this is all parody but generally I feel that the message was not well conveyed: yes, there ARE anti-bullying programs that are more hype; yes, there have been cases when the focus on the victim was lost. However, there have been very real suicides and for many kids it just does not automatically get better. Sometimes it’s too late. In fact, a Minnesota school district changed its policies because of the number of young people hurting themselves.

  • Mark

    Especially loved the “Oh THIS MOVIE MUST BE SEEN BY EVERY CHILD IN AMERICA!!! IT SIMPLY MUST!!!” and Kyle saying: “OK then, show it on the internet for free.”

    Damn right. Show “Bully” on the internet for free, then.
    Harvey Weinstein: “Er-uh-er-but-er-uh……EVERY adult and child MUST see this film!”

    Trey Parker is a genius.

  • Mark

    @Greg: What “Bully” cost to make, Harvey Weinstein probably pays double that for a weekend private party.

  • cwm

    The show presents a kind of hierarchy of bullies: first the smalltime anti-bullying promoter bullies counselor Mackey into changing the school assembly. Then he in turn is bullied (into giving up rights to the video) by a Hollywood producer threatening a lawsuit. Who himself finally decides to kill the film after being confronted by the biggest bully of all: Jesus Christ, threatening him with eternal hellfire.

  • cwm

    Then there was the big musical scene.

    Not the one linked here. Earlier in the show, where Stan leads the school in a rousing rendition of how they need to “make bullying kill itself.” By subjecting “bullying” to psychological torments (and worse), which the song breaks down in excruciating detail…

    What things should they do? Well, precisely the techniques bullies use against kids like Butters. Who in earlier shows has been portrayed as an easy target: because he’s routinely abused by his saccharine-yet-sociopathic parents, has been sent to a “pray away the gay” retreat (where most of the kids are committing suicide), etc.

  • Andrew

    Re: The people who run anti-bullying programs are bullies themselves.

    Too true!

    Dan Savage the media whore who started the “It gets better” project to get a reality TV show on MTV is highly bi p hobic, trans phobic, and r acist. Those of us in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest have known for decades that if you don’t agree with everything he says and his Log Cabin Lite conservative politics-he supported the 2nd Iraq war completely!-he’ll be the first to throw you under the bus.

  • Evan

    Best episode of this season thus far. Great references to Kony and Bully. Most of all, the message that bullying doesn’t just concern children, adults bully each other all the time.

  • MEJ

    @Greg:

    Agree with your synopsis, Greg. In typical South Park fashion, Matt, and Trey have denounced efforts to help people–usually minorities–who are being harassed, and defend the people doing the harassment.

    Maybe the best thing is just to shut up and it will all work out.

    Yep, that is Stone and Parker’s answer to everything–especially gays being harassed by straights.

    In Matt and Trey’s world, the Boy Scouts can discriminate against gays because they’re a private org; straight people can say faggot, or fag, because straight people like saying that word and they’ve decided it’s ok to use it; you don’t have to accept gay people, just mildly tolerate us; and gay bashings are brought on by flamboyant gays.

  • MEJ

    @Greg:

    Agree with your synopsis, Greg. In typical South Park fashion, Matt, and Trey have denounced efforts to help people–usually minorities–who are being harassed, and defend the people doing the harassment.

    Maybe the best thing is just to shut up and it will all work out.

    Yep, that is Stone and Parker’s answer to everything–especially gays being harassed by straights.

    In Matt and Trey’s world, the Boy Scouts can discriminate against gays because they’re a private org; straight people can say the “F” word because straight people like saying that word and they’ve decided it’s ok to use it; you don’t have to accept gay people, just mildly tolerate us; and gay bashings are brought on by flamboyant gays.

  • Martin

    @MEJ: That is hardly true or even close to truth…
    South Park teaches morality using objectionable language, sex and senseless violence. These guys are genial. Fuck political correctness. That is just surface with potentially nothing underneath. An empty gesture. South Park cares about whats underneath the surface and then its even funny…

  • MEJ

    @Martin:

    Morality? Perhaps as they see it. In their world gays need to shut-up, and let straight people do what they want.

    If you agree with everything Stone, and Parker are saying, then only one of you is thinking, Martin.

  • Bryan

    Stone and Parker’s favorite character and the one who they most feel they’re like in real life is Eric Cartman. Being someone who watches the show a lot, I think I’d hate to meet them.

  • Chris

    @Greg: I completely agree.

    Unfortunately people will continue to hide behind “it is just parody”.

  • FunMe

    What I really want to know is where is Jason Russell? Is he still in the looney bin? Or did they force him into a “change” retreat to make sure he stays in the closet?

  • Chuck

    According to the ‘wife’ he only did that because he was ‘tired.’ Like, you know, after a hard week’s work, who doesn’t get nude on a public street and mince around like RuPaul. How incredibly…normal.

  • Uhm, DUH!

    @ MEJ – Clearly you have only read a superficial plot synopsis of said episodes or you are as dense as a piece of preserved wood. If so – go back to school.

  • D P

    So today, October 7, 2012, Jason Russell’s interview with Oprah Winfrey was supposedly aired. I don’t have television at home, so I didn’t see it. Anyone have comments about Jason Russell’s interview? I found a link that took me to Oprah’s site, and I watched two [tried to watch, I found the sympathetic pains of embarrassment too much to handle] teaser trailers where Russell tries to explain himself and what he remembers of that day.

    I tried being open-minded that maybe he just has problems, but I cannot get past the fact that he’s so queeny!

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