South Park returned for its 21st season Wednesday night, and with its history of tackling controversial current events, it was no surprise that the premiere was centered on white supremacists. But the episode wasn’t as much about racism as it was about blue-collar workers losing their jobs to cheaper labor. The line, “They took our jobs!” has been a long-running joke on the show.
Confederate flag-waving people took to the streets of the tiny Colorado town to protest, saying devices like the Amazon Echo and Google Home are taking their jobs. Randy interrupted their protest, saying, “Will you a**holes knock it off? Don’t you know every time you wave Confederate flags around you make the rest of us look stupid?”
The episode also poked fun at house renovation shows — Randy started his own show called White People Renovating Houses. The two storylines crossed when Randy decided to have the blue-collar workers replace virtual assistants Siri and Alexa. As if he were talking to Alexa, Randy said, “Hey, Darryl, add Carrara subway tile to my shopping list.” But Darryl’s response was “I ain’t doin’ it! This job is degrading and menial!” And that’s when the show took a sharp dig at some fading blue-collar industries. 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!”
Comedic and sometimes absurd social commentary is what we’ve come to expect from South Park. Despite rumors that the show would distance itself from controversial current events, this season doesn’t appear to be any different.
South Park airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on Comedy Central.
Watch the full episode of South Park here.
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