South Park

Season 13 Episode 12

The F Word

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Nov 04, 2009 on Comedy Central

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  • Great episode that said what needed to be said!

    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.