South Park

Season 13 Episode 12

The F Word

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

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  • Painfully oversimplifies the issue

    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.