South Park

Season 13 Episode 12

The F Word

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Nov 04, 2009 on Comedy Central
8.7
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Harley riders have come to South Park and the boys decide it's time to deal with the problem. They throw down the F word and it's on…

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  • Painfully oversimplifies the issue

    5.0
    Love this show but this episode misses its mark, at least in my opinion. Its true that words are only words and only have power if you allow them to. And in an ideal world, this lesson would be learned by all and the problem would be solved. But that is not the world we live in. Words do have power, and this episode, and people who complain the about political correctness, expects people who are hurt by such words to change by not being affected by these words rather than that having the people who use these words, to both hurt and just carelessly, to change. It misses the point that, especially with this "f" word, the word holds special power with everyone from the time people are children. And it is asking a lot for children, a large part of this show's audience, to grasp this nuance of language. No matter how much people should not be sensitive to words, the very reason people use these words is because they do have that power. And it is far more difficult to train yourself to not be hurt than it would be for people to just stop using these words they way they do. This episode seems to mock the issue and the people who might be sensitive to its meaning more than anything else. Just turn on the news to countless stories of adolescent suicide and school violence to know that maybe the issue isn't as simple as it seems to those on the outside looking in.moreless
  • Great episode that said what needed to be said!

    9.0
    Continuing with the hilarious, yet undeniably valid logic that has become expected from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, "The 'F' Word" faces another verbal controversy (not unlike their season 11 premiere "With Apologies to Jessie Jackson") with brutal honesty-- yet again.



    This time around, the controversy surrounds the meaning of a well-known derogatory slur against homosexuals. While one would expect a stance that reinstates a negative view of the word, as the show did with their previous episode, "With Apologies to Jessie Jackson" however this time around, their stance takes a more critical approach toward much of society's sensitivities around the word.



    What makes this stance unique from many others is the use of logic to prove their point. The main points that this episode touched on were the fact that the word has and always will have several different meanings (of which, the slur is only one) and that words do not inherently convey one's meaning; instead arguing that the context in which the word is used and the definition of the word in that context is what gives a word its meaning. One can very easily see these points reflecting similar points made by comedians George Carlin, Lenny Bruce among many others throughout their careers.



    As always with South Park's many social commentaries, the logic behind them is quite valid, although often portrayed in ways that seem to offend those not willing or able to see the message beyond the offensive presentation. This means of suggestive comedy is what fans of the show and its creators have grown to know and love over the years. If you are a fan of the show, or curious as to why the show's creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone have developed such a devout following over the years, "The 'F' Word" is not a bad episode to start with. Assuming that the viewer is willing to keep an open mind about their own stance on the issues, of course.



    For other debates with the same topic, the most recent one I've seen sprouting this kind of controversy, look into Infinity Ward's "Grenade Spamming Public Service Announcement" which should be available on YouTube, as well as several other streaming video websites.moreless
  • Beats a dead horse like no other.

    4.5
    This episode had an interesting concept to start off with with some funny moments: the annoyance of Harley bikers. And it was funny at first when the bikers were being called f*gs but doing the same joke for 22 minutes gets really old really fast. In hindsight, this was far less an episode about how the word "f*g" is being used "differently" by kids these days than it was about Matt & Trey's hatred for Harley bikers which was being expressed in the same manner over and over and over again. It got really boring and predictable about 10 minutes in and I just wanted the episode to hurry up and end. I dont know if Matt & Trey realize this but most people when they use the word "f*g" are still thinking gay in the back of their minds, so their original intent did not work well here and was far from clever. I actully felt that 'Eat, Pray, Queef' was slightly better and funnier than this. Which would make this episode, to me, the weakest of season 13.moreless
  • South park At it's best

    8.0
    While not a perfect episode South park does what it does best. Social Commentary. Educating on how the definition of the word F@g (apprently this site has PC Nazis that won't let me use the word) has changed over time and now wanting to apply it bikers that are annoying everyone.



    The PC Police go in full effect and blah blah hilarity ensues.



    The Boys efforts to change the meaning of the word results in violence hilarity Gay guys using firearms and several Classic and laugh out loud butters moments.



    Unlike it's animated contemporaries the Simpsons, Family Guy and all the crap on adult Swim and fox South Park remains consistent. And this Episode while not perfect is a good example of South Park doing what it does best, Social Satire and Commentary.moreless
  • This one gets full marks for going back to basics

    10
    Sometimes, South Park tends to just write and produce episodes about current news events or events happening in the world of entertainment, but this episode went right back to basics. Took a small problem and turned it into a miserunderstanding based on what the children think is right and wrong. It reeled out some classic lines and only Eric Cartman could confront 15 Harley bikers and walk away with his legs still intact. You could see the influence Monty Python has on Trey and Matt during this episode. Maybe that wasn't intentional, but still. My favourite parts was the noises the bikers made when they were not on their bikes.moreless
Trey Parker

Trey Parker

Voice of Stan Marsh; Eric Theodore Cartman; Randy Marsh; Mr. Garrison

Matt Stone

Matt Stone

Voice of Kyle Broflovski; Kenny McKormick; Leopold 'Butters' Stotch; Gerald Broflovski

Mona Marshall

Mona Marshall

Voice of Sheila Broflovski; Various Other Females

April Stewart

April Stewart

Voice of Liane Cartman; Principal Victoria; Sharon Marsh; Wendy Testaburger; Various Other Females

John Hansen (V)

John Hansen (V)

Voice of Mr. Slave

Recurring Role

Sebastian Yu

Sebastian Yu

Voice of Ike

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Mayor: (Addressing assembly of students) Students, I am here because of a very serious matter. This morning it was discovered that in several places all over town, somebody had spray-painted the words, 'Fags get out'. Many witnesses reported seeing children with spray-paint. Now, if anybody knows anything about the kids who did this, you must come forward...
      Cartman: (Interrupts and raises hand) That was us.
      Mayor: Excuse me?
      Stan: Yeah, we did that!
      Kyle and Kenny: Yeah!
      Mayor: (Angrily) Why would you write something like that and be proud of it?
      Kyle: Well, because we want all those fags to get out of our town.
      Cartman: Yeah, everyone hates those fags, right?
      (Students murmur in agreement)
      Mr. Mackay: Now just what the heck is going on here? This is not what we have taught you in this school! Kyle and Stan, you've always been tolerate of gay people!
      Stan: (Confused) Gay people?
      Kyle: We aren't talking about gay people.
      Mr. Mackay: You just admitted to spray-painting that they should get out of town!
      Stan: Dude, why would we want gay people to get out of town?
      Cartman: Oh, they think we meant gay fags!
      Kyle: Oh. Hey, that's not very nice, Mayor! Just because a person is gay doesn't mean he's a fag!

    • Stan: Alright, Kyle and I are going to spray-paint messages to the Harley riders. Cartman, you said you had an idea?
      Cartman: I think what I'm going to do is, uh, find out wherever their bikes are and, uh, crap on their seats.
      Stan: Oh, that's good.
      Cartman: Yeah, I think that'll be nice.
      Stan: But that's a lot of seats. How are you gonna pull that off?
      Cartman: I think I just need two, maybe three buckets of KFC, extra crispy, probably four cartons of gravy.
      Stan: Clyde, can you take care of getting KFC for Cartman? Kyle and I will get the spray-paint cans. If we do this right, we'll be doing the town a huge favor. So let's get to it!
      Everyone: Yeah!

    • Butters: What are you guys talking about? Harley's are neat-o!
      Cartman: What?!
      Butters: I always thought, someday when I grow up, I'm gonna get a Harley! Then people will have to notice me, and then they'll have to deal with my shit for once.
      The open road! The wind on my face! I'll go from city to city [Makes motorcycle sounds] Everyone looking at me! Who's that guy. He must be tough. [More motorcycle sounds] I'll have my girl on the backseat holding on to my fat belly. Sure, she's missing a few teeth, but she thinks I'm cool. That's why, when I grow up, I'm gonna be a Harley rider.
      Stan: That makes perfect sense, Butters.
      Butters: It does?
      Stan: Yes, now get outta here.
      Butters: Okay. [Leaves]

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