'South Park' Season Premiere Messed With Viewers' Amazon Alexas, Google Homes

Laverne Mann
September 16, 2017

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.

South Park has come a long way since its inception. "White People Renovating Houses" shows just how caustic South Park can be and how precisely its jokes can land, even when sticking to the politically tinged, ripped-from-the-headlines style of season 20.

It's been almost a year since the last episode of South Park and boy have things changed in the world. But what also happened was that the episode had a real effect on viewers' Alexas (Google Home and other devices were also reportedly being influenced). To be clear, this show is not directly addressing the terroristic riots that took place in Charlottesville, despite placing tiki torches in the front yard of the white supremacist's home.

The angry mob that Darryl instigates exemplifies everything that was seen and heard in Charlottesville in August, and the episode makes no attempt at being subtle in its depiction of it. The episode synopsis stated that Randy Marsh will be struggling to understand the implications of being white in this day and age.

Oh, and if you're frustrated with Alexa, just get yourself a Jim Bob. Eventually, the two sides make good when Randy makes over a protester's home, complete with Confederate flag throw pillows. Coal mining and truck driving are not exactly jobs of the future ... The serialised approach provided the show with some great gags, but the season was clearly just undone by the surprise election victory of Donald Trump mid-way through its run. Randy tries to convince him to change and adapt, using home-renovation metaphors. The moment serves as criticism of those who excuse and bargain with such hateful rhetoric instead of denouncing it outright.

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In South Park's world, the protestors were demonstrating against what actually caused their economic disenfranchisement-big tech corporations and automation-though they were still waving Confederate flags.

"The first 18 seasons of the show, we spent so much time thinking how do we get this back to resolution" he continued.

Then again, a lack of laugh-inducing writing is not necessarily a bad thing for South Park, especially because the political/social commentary has become a focus throughout the past few seasons.

While many awaited South Park to take a hard stance on the white-nationalist movement on September 13, they instead took on the problems of inequality in America from multiple different angles, barely touching racism head-on.

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