South Park Satirizes All of Our Current Issues in the Latest Vaccination Special

by Aaron Bilal

After an excruciatingly long hiatus, South Park is finally back on our screens! At least for the moment. The boys of the quiet little mountain town are back and the question on everyone’s mind is: how can I get a vaccination?

Trey Parker and Matt Stone make a triumphant return in this special. As always, they expertly satirize the topics of the day. In their last special, “The Pandemic Special,” Parker and Stone dealt with intense topics such as social distancing, police brutality, and the effects that the COVID-19 pandemic can have on small business. In “South ParQ Vaccination Special,” audiences are treated to the classic South Park takedowns of Hollywood elites, vaccination hysteria, and the insane conspiracy theories of the radical group QAnon.

The vaccination special picks up with the citizens of South Park desperately seeking ways to get a vaccine. As of now, the only people allowed to get a vaccine in town are the elderly, and they are certainly having a field day once they get it. Our favorite group of deviant fourth graders get their hands on the vaccine, and they’re faced with a dilemma: do they do what’s morally right, or do they cash in and make boatloads of money? It’s a question I’m sure many people have to face at one point or another in their life. The episode also deals with the return of the former president of the United States, and before that former fourth grade teacher, Mr. Garrison. The ex-president wanders around town and is perplexed as to why everyone is so mad at him. It’s safe to say that hilarity ensues when Garrison is roped into the conspiracy group QAnon, and discovers how the world “truly” operates.

What always amazes me about Parker, Stone, and company’s talent is how they’re able to make fun of everyone evenly. Rarely does the show ever pick a side to an argument. Whether it’s the debate on climate change or transgender athletes, South Park doesn’t necessarily care about being on the “right” side. They just want to be on the funny side.

Once again, Trey Parker and Matt Stone demonstrate how when it comes to satire, they’re the best in the game. They create a program that truly anyone could enjoy, so long as they’re a fan of the profane and obscene!

South ParQ: Vaccination Special is available for free on southpark.cc.com.