'South Park' attacks Somalia and Susan Boyle

Cartman, under the impression that Somalia’s pirates are the old walk-the-plank, eye-patch-wearing, skull-and-crossbones flying sort, dragooned a bunch of pals all the way around the world, only to find indigent North Africans wracked by disease and poverty. It was a fine South Park, complete with an excellent, profane pirate song (“We’ll cut off your c— and feed it to a croc”), and predictable but no less funny depictions of the French as pretentious cowards.

The line everyone will be talking about was the single, impeccably vicious swipe at the media coverage of Susan Boyle: little Ike said if he had to hear one more time about her performance, he’d, um, do something involving vomit and testicles.

And then, in a moment meant to echo news events, South Park did one of the things it does best: It made you feel badly for humans who’ve recently been our enemies. A group of American sharpshooters picked off a slew of Somali pirates, each killed with a single bullet. This stunned the mouthy Cartman and his pals into silence, and as the credits rolled, I’ll bet a lot of living rooms were silent, too.

Did you watch? What did you think?


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  • Adam

    You know you made it big when South Park goes after you. lol


  • Kyle H.

    The episode definitely improved once they boarded the French ship. Loved the song, the realization that everyone’s already heard Susan Boyle (and it is officially old news), and the creators’ reminder of our tendency to demonize enemies. I know the sharpshooters were saving the people on board, but they’re accurate enough to kill each one of them with one bullet; doesn’t that mean they could’ve take them down without killing them?

  • No1important

    I am a Somali and this is extremely offending to me. :(

  • Bob

    Sure you are.

  • TVAddict

    Loved the episode.
    Ken, I’m also really enjoying these frequent mini-reviews of yours. Keep ‘em coming!

  • James

    The episode didn’t take an “impeccably vicious swipe at Susan Boyle”; it took a swipe at the over-the-top media hype surrounding her performance. Sheesh …

  • Alex

    No1important, no1 cares, it’s called freedom of speech and it was hilarious…if you get offended then you should never watch SP.
    Kyle H. They were saving a singular captain, not people, on a small boat. If they had shot them in the legs or arms then they could have easily had a chance to kill the captain before the boat could have been boarded.

  • Ellen

    I’d like to second those enjoying Ken’s mini reviews on here. I particularly like that you’re taking a measured view on shows that either don’t get a lot of coverage or whose coverage is coloured by various media slants on the progress of the show – ie. Dollhouse’s struggling ratings or Supernatural’s rabid fanbase. You just let the episodes speak for themselves. Great stuff.

  • kim in kentucky

    classic Cartman – classic South Park!

  • Aditya

    Read the article carefully, please. It says “impeccably vicious swipe at the MEDIA COVERAGE of Susan Boyle”, not Susan Boyle

  • RP

    @Kyle H.: Hadn’t the pirates already killed someone?

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  • beelkay

    HOW do they write and animate these things so quickly? I loved this episode. Timely, hilarious, and thought-provoking.

  • rosewood

    Thanks Ken – another spot on quick review! More please.

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