South Park

Season 4 Episode 2

Cartman's Silly Hate Crime 2000

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Apr 12, 2000 on Comedy Central
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Episode Summary

Cartman throws a rock at Token's head, but instead of detention, he is tried and convicted for a federal hate crime. The other boys need Cartman for ballast in their sled race, so they try to help him escape. When that doesn't work, they give a presentation to the governor that illustrates the hypocrisy of "hate crime" legislation. Meanwhile Cartman Is finding It hard to adapt to life on the inside.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • grear

    Cartman throws a rock at Token for being mean to him and instead of getting a simply detention Cartman is send to jail for committing a hate crime. Stan and Kyle try to get him out of jail because they need him for a sled race they were going to have. Can they convince the jury to let him out?

    Good episode. It got a little boring but never too boring and it was overall a nice episode. I took a debate class and we debated about hate crimes, we should've watched this episode! Overall my final grade for this episode is going to fall in the "B" rangemoreless
  • Wow.

    The girls challenge the boys to a sledding contest at Phil Collin's hill. It is mainly Cartman who does all the work. After Token reminds Cartman about his fat self again, Cartman throws a rock at him and gets sentenced for prison for a hate crime. His roommate, Romper Stomper, says that he can get him out of prison. Clyde is now the new fat kid. After they do a test run, Kenny gets killed and they realized they need to free Cartman. Kyle, Stan, and Token give the mayor a presentation on hate crime laws. Cartman and Romper Stomper escapes, and captured. Cartman gets pardoned by the government. At Phil Collin's hill, Stan, Kyle, Cartman and Token beat the girls. At the end, Pip says "Hooray for Cartman's fat a**!" and he has a rock thrown at him. Overall, I give this episode a 9.7.moreless
  • "Silly" Indeed...

    Okay, so Cartman get's angry at Token (the school's only bla-, I mean African-American, student) for constantly calling him fat, so he throws a rock at Token and hits him in the head. The FBI gets word of this and storms into the school to arrest Cartman under the "hate crime" laws. This poses a problem for the boys as they get into a bet with the girls (just before Cartman's arrest) as to who can sled faster down "Phil Collins Hill"... what's the problem? Cartman's fata$$ was the reason they were fast on the sled, and now he's in jail. While in jail, Cartman meets a character by the name of "Romper Stomper" (a nice throwback to the Australian film about a skinhead group) who promises to help him break out of jail as long as he agrees to sneak in cigarettes. A hilarious scene takes place when the boys visit Cartman in jail and give him the cigs and he then has to sneak them past the guards by sticking them up his a$$, one at a time ("Boy, I wish I hadn't just sat here and watched that just now")... FUNNY! Anyway, so to get Cartman out of jail the boys go to Token to ask him to tell the judge that he forgives Cartman. Well, while at Token's home the boys get educated by his father (he also happens to have a problem with the Hate Crime laws) about the hate crime laws and they then go to the Mayor to get the court's ruling overturned by giving her a little presentation, "Hate Crime Laws: A Savage Hypocrisy". I thought this was a hilarious episode that has some replay value... hearing Cartman trying to crap out the things he's hidden in his a$$... priceless! Loved it!moreless
  • Cartman's Silly Hate Crime

    Though racism is not tolerated now and then in everyday life, in TV & Film it is usually uncensored and goes by unnoticed. I think that black/coloured people can be sensitive and even people of Caucasian can be too.

    This episode proves that sometimes the Goverment and other people can just go way too far when it comes to racism. Cartman lobs something at Token (or something like that) and gets done for " Hate Crime " which is kind of lame.

    I like the part with the sled race at the end though. That was good. ;D Memorable, but not so great.moreless
  • Cartman is a racist! Who knew?

    This episode teamed with the last episode makes for the best 1-2 punch in South Park history. Cartman throws a rock at Token (not out of racism) but everyone seems to think that it is. Cartman gets sent to Juvenile Hall because token is black and therefore Cartman has committed a hate-crime. Whle there, he meets the jail-hardened romper stomper, who agrees to help him bust out of prison so he can see disney land. Cartman gets out but Romper Stomper isn't so lucky. A great episode that is easily a classic and is nearly loved by every fan of SP.moreless
Trey Parker

Trey Parker

Voice of Stan Marsh; Eric Theodore Cartman; Herbert Garrison; Officer Barbrady; Terrance; Timmy; Ned Gerblanski; Satan; Randy Ma

Matt Stone

Matt Stone

Voice of Kyle Broflovski; Kenny McKormick; Gerald Broflovski; Pip Pirrup; Jesus; Jimbo Kearn; Phillip; Saddam; Various Others

Isaac Hayes

Isaac Hayes

Voice of Jerome "Chef" McElroy

Eliza Schneider

Eliza Schneider

Voice of Mayor McDaniels; Liane Cartman; Mrs. McKormick; Wendy Testaburger; Shelly Marsh; Sharon Marsh; Various Others

Mona Marshall

Mona Marshall

Voice of Sheila Broflovski; Linda Stotch; Various Others

Dee Dee Green

Dee Dee Green

Voice of Unknown

Guest Star

Adrien Beard

Adrien Beard

Voice of Token / Token's Dad

Guest Star

Jennifer Howell

Jennifer Howell

Voice of Bebe

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (14)

    • The age of criminal responsibility for federal crimes in the United States is 10 years old. Cartman is 8 years of age in the cartoon, making him excused for criminal liability. However, this doesn't prevent the school from taking action since Cartman did cause harm to another student, in this case Token.

    • Two Clydes are seen at the last scene before the race.

    • The reporter refers to Cartman as a "hate crime suspect." His trial was already over though, so that would make him a convict and not a suspect.

    • When Stan and Kenny ask Chef if Kenny is a prostitute, Kenny's mouth is rotated 90 degrees counter-clockwise.

    • During the boys' presentation, Stan accidentally calls the governor "Mayor."

    • When the girls challenge the boys to the sledding race, they say it's on Saturday. When the boys give the speech to the man in the office, they say the race is Thursday.

    • Romper Stomper's tattoo near his left eye isn't there in the part where Cartman gives him the "Tick, Tack, Throw" board game.

    • The boys say that don't have enough weight on the sled to move, but with a ton of or no weight on the sled, it would move downhill.

    • In the episode the number on Cartman's prison uniform is "26354"--the same number as Rick Deckard's (Harrison Ford's) police ID number in the movie "Blade Runner."

    • Why's Token's arm in a sling?, Cartman threw the rock at his face.

    • When Stan, Kyle, and Token go to meet the governor, they end their presentation with a sketch of the 4 friends on a sled winning the race. The only problem is that Kenny is in the drawing, and Kenny died in this episode much before Token's dad talked to the kids about the hate crime laws (that made them consider talking to the govenor).

    • In the scene where the two agents confront Cartman about his hate crime, the first agent is voiced by Trey Parker while Matt Stone does the voice for the second. However, later on in the scene, the second agent is speaking with Trey's voice.

    • Kenny gets bleeped for the first and only time in this episode. He says the f word then seconds later he says it again and is not bleeped!

    • Cartman is announced as "Prisoner 24601" but the number on his prison uniform is a completely different number.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Romper Stomper: There's two kinds of kids, kids who like Animaniacs and kids who don't like Animaniacs, so which one are you?
      Cartman: Well, personally, I ...don't like Animaniacs?
      Romper Stomper: Neither do we!

    • Kyle: We won again!
      Token: That's not fair! Cartman's ass is so fat, he makes your sled go faster!
      Cartman: Hey! Don't call me fat, Token!

    • Police Officer: Crazy son of a bitch!

    • Police Officer: JESUS CHRIST! HE'S GONNA RAM IT!

    • Pip: Lets hear it for Cartman's fat ass!
      (Cartman throws a rock at Pip's temple)
      Cartman: Do British people count as an ethnicity?
      Stan: Nah.
      Cartman: Sweet.

    • Stan: Sleds are for guys.
      Cartman: Yeah, why don't you chicks go wash some dishes or get pregnant or something?

    • Token's dad: You boys have to go explain to the govenor why we should disban hate crime laws.
      Kyle: Why can't you do it?
      Token's dad: Because he won't listen to me.
      Stan: Why not?
      Token's dad: Because I'm black.

    • Stan: Get on the sled, fatass.
      Clyde: For the last time I'm not fat GODDAMN IT!
      (Clyde's voice changes and his eyes close tightly into an "X" like when Cartman's mad - realizing that he has just become shockingly like Cartman Clyde slams his hand over his mouth and his eyes bug out in shock/horror)

    • Cartman: Hey you guys.
      Kyle: Hey, fatass. How's prison?
      Cartman: Well, it sucks balls. Whattaya think?
      Stan: Cartman, why the hell did you have to commit a hate crime?! We're gonna lose to girls because of you!
      Kyle: Yeah! So you gotta bust out of here. So, we made you this cake. There's an ail-nay ile-fay inside of it.
      Cartman: What's that?
      Kyle: Listen, aggot-fay. An ail-nay ile-fay so you can eak-bray out of ison-pray.
      Stan: Yeah, you stupid umbass-day!
      Cartman: I'd love to eat a cake, you guys, but they don't let us take anything back to the cells from here.
      Kyle: They on't-day?! Why the ell-hay ot-nay?! It ook-tay our-fay ours-hay to ake-bay this oddamned-gay ake-cay, and ow-nay we're otally-tay ewed-scray!

    • Clyde: I'm not fat you guys, I'm just kinda big boned.
      Kyle: That's what they all say!

    • Man: Who is Token?
      Cartman: He is a black kid that goes to my school.
      Cartman: He is black.
      Man: Oh! He said it again.

    • Stan: Oh my God, we killed Kenny.
      Kyle: We killed Kenny?
      Stan: Yep, we killed Kenny. We're bastards.

    • Judge: I am making an example of you to send a message out to people everywhere: that if you want to hurt another human being, you'd better make damn sure they're the same color as you are.

    • Kyle: We won! We won!
      Butters: Yeah. Why we sure gave those skanky bitches what for.

    • (After Cartman has been released from jail)
      Stan: Hey, Cartman's back!
      (Clyde runs up and hugs Cartman then begins to weep)
      Clyde: Oh thank you, thank you so much!
      Cartman: Uh guys, what the hell's wrong with Clyde?

  • NOTES (4)

    • According to the DVD commentaries. They were afraid to use any direct references to the name Disney since the Walt Disney Corp is very protective of their trademarks.

    • When Kenny is asking Cartman what he's done that means Kenny needs to help him, he says the word f**k so clearly it was bleeped in some syndicated airings.

    • This is the fourth time Cartman's name is mentioned in the title.

    • Because this was the first episode in which Token speaks, Matt Stone and Trey Parker assumed one of them would do his voice. After numerous failed attempts they both agreed they couldn't get the "black" inflection down. This prompted them to recruit Adrien Beard to provide the voice because "He was the only black person in the building at the time."


    • Romper Stomper:

      The name of Cartman's cell mate, Romper Stomper, is a reference to the 1992 Australian film Romper Stomper, which is also about hate crimes.

    • Les Misérables: Cartman's number in prison was 24601, the same numeral that Jean Val Jean had in Victor Hugo's Les Misérables.

    • Cry-Baby:

      The tattoo of a tear on Romper Stomper's face is from the 1990 film Cry-Baby, starring Johnny Depp, where the main character can only cry out of one eye. In the movie he goes to jail and gets a "lonely tear" tattooed to his face.

    • Bad Boys:

      Romper Stomper: Go on without me.

      When Cartman tries to escape with his cellmate Romper Stomper, this is a parody of the 1983 film Bad Boys.

    • O.J. Simpson:

      Cartman runs from the police because he is in danger of going to Juvenile Hall. Kenny and and Cartman attempt to outrun the cops in Kenny's Go Go Action Bronco. Obviously a spoof of the televised chase of the white Bronco that carried O.J. Simpson.

    • Oz:

      When Cartman enters the prison, the theme for the HBO television series Oz is playing.