The opening episode of South Park’s season 19 was “Stunning and Brave”. It’s just about perfect for the current chaos in many of America’s institutions of learning. Here’s the description:
“There is a new principal at the helm of South Park Elementary. He forces the boys to confront the damage they’ve done through their history of racism and unconscious bias.”
The biting satire of the episode is simply savage and, of course, chockful of profanity. You’ve been warned! Even Slate admitted the beauty of it:
“The refreshing thing about this episode is that, to my mind at least, it picks the right elements of crazy PC culture to mock, while allowing that caring about the sensitivities of minority groups is itself a great thing. Particularly effective is the choice of portraying the PC guys as frat bros, highlighting the way that, especially online, social justice advocates can become just as cliquish and chest-thumping as a stereotype they presumably loathe. Presenting the bros as all white was even more incisive; if you work in the social justice world long enough, it’s difficult not to notice how individuals with the most privilege have a way of speaking above and for those marginalized groups they are supposedly trying to help.”
Since South Park’s Comedy Central channel won’t let you watch the full episode for some reason, here are some excellent clips:
And the follow-up episode, “Safe Space”, if you didn’t have enough of the first one:
Devin is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Charlemagne Institute, which operates Intellectual Takeout, Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture, and the Alcuin Internship. He is a graduate of Hillsdale College where he studied history and political science. Prior to co-founding Charlemagne Institute, he served as the Director of Development at the Center of the American Experiment, a state-based think tank in Minnesota.
Devin is a contributor to local and national newspapers, a frequent guest on a variety of talk shows, such as Minneapolis' KTLK and NPR's Talk of the Nation, and regularly shares culture and education insights presenting to civic groups, schools, and other organizations. In 2011, he was named a Young Leader by the American Swiss Foundation.
Devin and his wife have been married for eighteen years and have six children. When he's not working, Devin enjoys time with family while also relaxing through reading, horticulture, home projects, and skiing and snowboarding.