South Park

Season 3 Episode 14

Red Badge of Gayness

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Nov 24, 1999 on Comedy Central
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South Park holds a Civil War re-enactment, and the boys are cast as the fife-and-drum corps. Cartman's percussion stylings are deemed inappropriate, so he decides to play General Robert E. Lee. Instead of losing that battle yet again, Cartman leads the Confederate players to victory , while they drink plenty of S'more Schnapps. He then leads them across the South, reclaiming the cities and forts that were lost to the Union. He finally marches them to Washington, where he demands sovereignty for the Confederacy.moreless

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  • historical and enjoyable

    6.0
    A show of supreme quality, very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very (apologies, the former review has been moved to a new home, soon you will all be given the key) very very very veryvery very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very enjoyable. A must-see.moreless
  • The Red Badge Of Gayness

    5.0
    This episode is all based around the usual plot of Civil War and it really can be silly. This section of Season Three is supposed to be an excellent section but I think it is like biting into a reezing cold ice cream on a winter morning.

    Though the laughs are sometimes OTT on South Park, this episode just contains so bloody stupid parts and I really think that is is another one of the season fillers until they think of something better, like - Mr. Hankey's Christmas Classics for example.

    :( Why would you ruin Season 3 with this bull crap?moreless
  • Oh. My. God. People!

    9.6
    This is exactly why I watch South Park, boys being boys until the situation gets totally out of hand. This is the best episode of the first 3 seasons if not the whole series. Cartman leading the confederate re-enacters would were blitzed on s'more schnappz was hilarious and well, just every single aspect of this episode screamed hilarity. Kenny's death wasn't so great, but the letter home was very funny. Cartman bribing the president by mentioning a video of Marissa Tomei was funny, not to mention lucky. If all the episodes in this series were like this, this would be the greatest show of all time.moreless
  • The men in SP go nuts with gtheir bellies full of smore schnapps, a new smore flavored liquor!

    9.8
    An unforgettable episode in which very good writing is combined with better animation and perfect timing. The men in South Park get extremely drunk after drinking smore schnapps and they take the Civil War Reenactment seriously. They all begin fighting for the Confederacy! They begin seizing random cities across the the South and eventually try to take Fort Sumpter. They do not succeed, because they thwarted by Stan and Kyle who play into the reenactment by signing a treaty ending the war in favor of the North. Cartman's pist, the men sober up, and everything goes back to normal in South Park.moreless
  • This episode is important in character development because it shows just how far Cartman is willing to go.

    8.6
    This episode is important in character development because it shows just how far Cartman is willing to go. This episode is an early version of Scott Tenorman Must Die. In that, he will go as far as it takes. This trait is one of Cartman's most important, and Trey and Matt have used it again and again, to VERY impressive effect; most recently in the "Go God Go" run.



    Cartman is able to carry an episode by himself due to the way the creators have developed him over the years. This is why Cartman is the BEST character on television.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

Mary Kay Bergman

Mary Kay Bergman

Voice of Wendy Testaburger; Liane Cartman; Sheila Broflovski; Sharon Marsh; Mrs. McKormick; Mayor McDaniels; Ms. Crabtree; Princ

Isaac Hayes

Isaac Hayes

Voice of Jerome "Chef" McElroy

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (15)

    • When Cartman smashes the drum, Kyle called him a dick, which Kyle again calls Bill Clinton at the end of the episode.

    • Normally, when Kenny dies, Stan would say, like in this one, "Oh my god, they killed Kenny." The line is followed by, "You bastards!", said by Kyle. However, in this one, Grandpa Marsh is the one who says the line, and Kyle follows it with, "Hey!", trying to let Grandpa Marsh know that was his line.

    • Al Gore appeared again later on, depicted differently in Manbearpig and Imaginationland Episode III.

    • At the beginning of the re-enactment, each side displays a different Confederate flag.

    • Like most educational Civil War movies, when a letter is read in the voice of the writer (in this case, Cartman)a small window appears on the screen with a portrait of the writer.

    • After General Cartman Lee makes his demands to Bill Clinton, Al Gore states "Boy I'm glad I don't have your job". A little under a year after the initial running of this episode, Al Gore would go on to lose the 2000 presidential election to George W. Bush

    • Clinton's adviser remarks "It's like the Million Man March except there are actually a million people." Isaac Hayes, the voice of Chef, sang at the Million Man March.

    • Cartman (portraying General Robert E. Lee) keeps the South Park confederates blitzed on S'more Schnapps to keep them fighting. This is ironic, since Lee was a teetotaler.

    • When Kyle rips Cartman's beard off, Cartman screams so loudly it can be heard all the way to the planet Marklar, and a planet with Visitors on it.

    • Grandpa Marsh's first name is revealed to be "Marvin".

    • The only female character seen in this episode is Kenny's Mother (in a non-speaking role) when she gets the note that Kenny died in battle. This is due to the fact that Mary Kay Bergman had just recently committed suicide and had voiced ALL of the female characters in South Park. This episode was a challenge for Matt and Trey to write trying hard not to have any female characters in the show. They still felt it too early to cast new voice actors to fill in for Mary Kay.

    • Although they are brothers, this episode is one of the few times when Randy and Jimbo are actually seen talking to each other.

    • When the confederate soldiers are drunk, in some scenes they look, talk and act drunk but in other scenes they talk, act and look normal like they're sober

    • During the re-enactment of the battle, the flag that the union side is using is actually a confederate flag from early on in the war. The union flag during the war was much the same as it is today, with less stars.

    • At the very end of the episode after Cartman gets his beard ripped off, he walks off the screen to left and magically his beard is back on.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Al Gore: Wow, there's quite a crowd out there.
      Aide: Yeah. It's like the million man march, except there really are a million people out there.

    • Stan: Ready? 1, 2, 3, 4!
      (Stan, Kyle, Cartman, and Kenny start playing the flutes and drum as they march. Cartman starts beating the drum.)
      Cartman: Yeah! Do you like to rock?! I like to rock! Hello, Baltimore!
      Kyle: Cartman, what the hell are you doing?!
      Cartman: I'm playing the drum!(He continues to beat the drum.)
      Kyle: You're not supposed to beat the drum, you hit it!
      Cartman: You don't hit a drum! You gotta beat the (bleep) out of it! (He starts to beat the drum again.) Shut your pie-hole! I'll kick your ass, you (bleep) drum!

    • President Clinton: Boys, as president of the United States, I wanna commend you for stopping the rebel uprising.
      Stan: Don't touch me.

    • Cartman's Letter: I will not rest until the South have won, and Stan and Kyle are my slaves, because I hate those guys. I hate those guys with every part of my tired Confederate body.

    • Cartman: Now I believe you guys are going to be my slaves for a month.
      Kyle: You cheated Cartman, and the bet was that the South won the Civil War and the South still didn't win the Civil War, fat ass.
      Stan: Yeah, too bad you're such a dumb ass in history or you would've known.
      Cartman: I hate you guys; I hate you guys so much.

    • Stan: (after Kenny was killed by a flare) Oh, my god! They killed Kenny!
      Grandpa: You bastards!
      Kyle: (to Grandpa) Hey!

    • Stan: You can't just show up to a Civil War re-enactment dressed up like General Lee, fatass.
      Cartman: Oh really? I'm pretty sure I just did.

    • (written in almost all of the letters that Cartman sends)
      Cartman: I hate you guys, I hate you guys so very, very much...

    • Mr. Garrison: Hey guys, let's all play a game of grab-ass.
      Gerald: What's grab-ass?
      Mr. Garrison: We just run around in circles and grab each other's asses.

    • (while a photo of Courtney Love is shown)
      News Anchor: ...and was forced to live off her own feces for several days.

    • Stan: Give up, fatass! There's over a hundred National Guards down here.
      Cartman: Suck my ass!

  • NOTES (2)

    • Before this episode aired, Mary Kay Bergman (supplier of the South Park female voices) committed suicide. The creators removed almost all the female roles in this episode except for a random woman in a Kansas town, the S'more Schnapps girl (who is voiced by Trey Parker, using a more feminine version of his Mr. Hankey voice with a German accent) and Kenny's mother (who was only shown reading a letter about how her son died and has no dialogue). The creators held off casting for female voices out of respect for Bergman.

    • This episode is occasionally referred to as "War".

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Ruby Falls:

      Cartman writes a letter to Kenny's mother, which starts like this:

      Kenny was killed at "Ruby Hills Funland in Chattanooga.".

      This is a parody of Ruby Falls, a Chattanooga attraction that includes a playground called the Fun Forest.

    • Jägermeister:

      The name Jagerminz is a parody of the liqueur Jägermeister.

    • The Red Badge of Courage:

      The title of this episode is a spoof of the title of the novel, "The Red Badge of Courage".

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