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'South Park' Review: Season 22 Premiere Mocks Americans' Indifference to Gun Violence and 'Dead Kids'

 
 
 
'South Park' Review: Season 22 Premiere Mocks Americans' Indifference to Gun Violence and 'Dead Kids'

“South Park” says all it needs to in the title of the Season 22 premiere: “Dead Kids.” It’s a blunt, incendiary choice, and one would think the mere mention of the words would rile people up; that in a country dedicated to freedom and the pursuit of happiness, protecting our nation’s youth would be of the utmost importance; that repeated, redundant discourse about doing something would actually bring about action.

But it’s 2018, and the United States is home to 36 school shootings this year alone — and it’s only September.

Recognizing such ugliness, especially while the news is caught up in other stories, has been one of “South Park’s” most meaningful skills over 22 years. The ruthless satire does it again here, but instead of choosing multiple points to skewer with a variety of comedic barbs, “Dead Kids” repeats its message over and over again: School shootings keep happening, and instead of caring more, Americans are just starting to accept it.

The episode begins with South Park Elementary’s first school shooting — except it’s not really their first. Clearly, by the way the students and teacher just keep carrying out the lesson plan, bullets have whizzed by enough times already to make the loud bangs and sharp cries mundane. It’s just the first one this episode. While the instructor complains she can’t hear Cartman over the racket, the kids look over their math test, get up from their seats, and walk out of the school. It’s just any other day.

Except, that is, to Stan’s mom, Sharon. Waiting behind the police tape until her son comes out, she bursts through and hugs him. She tells him they’ll go home and talk all this through, but Stan and his friends are just confused. “What’s her deal?” they wonder.

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