South Park on Freedom – Wisecrack Quick Take (Season 23)

South Park on Freedom – Wisecrack Quick Take (Season 23)


What’s up Wisecrack? Jared here. Today I come to you as a red-blooded ‘Merican
to talk to you about America’s 2nd biggest export behind diabetes: freedom “America f**k
yeah” The current season of South Park has so-far
covered immigrant detention camps, big weed, Chinese censorship, and now anti-vaxxers. “We can’t even risk a .1% chance of vaccinations
making our children artistic” It seems Matt Stone and Trey Parker are reflecting on the
complexities of life, liberty, and the pursuit of ‘tegridy. So welcome to this Wisecrack quicktake on
Freedom n’ Tegridy in South Park Season 23. And spoilers ahead for the first three episodes Alright guys, let’s do a
recap of the season thus far. Last season, Randy, incensed by a picture
of a dog’s butthole, fled South Park with his family to escape all the commotion and
stress of city life and become a simple weed farmer full of ‘tegridy. In the first episode of this season, Tegridy
Farmsis losing customers after people start growing their own weed. So Randy does what any reasonable person would
do and tries to bully the government into banning the practice. That doesn’t work, so he decides to become
a terrorist and off the competition while Kyle and Cartman rot in a detention camp. In the 2nd episode, Randy tries to expand
his business to China along with Disney and the NBA. Selling weed gets him in trouble, until he
manages to woo the Chinese government by assassinating Winnie the Pooh. Having given up even more of his ‘tegridy,
he makes a killing selling to the new Chinese market. Finally, in the latest episode, Randy gloats
about his China-fueled riches, while his family bemoans the farm life and Randy’s increasingly
broken moral compass. Meanwhile, Cartman refuses to get vaccinated
by running around like a singular feral hog. The two big questions that South Park is struggling
with seem to be: 1) How do we navigate one person’s freedom interfering with another’s? And 2) What does it mean to be free in an
increasingly globalized, commodified world? Let’s start with the first one. Randy’s continued residence at tegridy farms
speaks to the question of freedom: embedded into most peoples fantasy of moving away from
civilization to do some honest work is the idea that in our current lives we are not
free. We are burdened by PTA meetings, home owners
associations, and soul-crushing work. The show has centered itself on ‘tegridy
farms so thoroughly that it’s even replaced the traditional South Park intro. But as it turns out, moving to a farm isn’t
quite a magic bullet for living freely. Behind many of the issues of the latest season
is a basic political problem. As political theorists, economists, and anyone
who has been around someone eating Durian can attest to: sometimes, someone else’s
freedom infringes on your freedom. If, for instance, one has a right to do with
their private property as they choose, then my desire to build a 100-foot statue of Keanue
Reeves that blocks your garden from the sun might inhibit your right to enjoy home-grown
peppers or whatever. Governments everywhere grapple with this basic
dilemma as they pass zoning laws, regulate businesses and make sure their citizens don’t
kill each other. This question gets especially interesting
with a free market, something this season is keenly interested in. The idea of a free market, as the name suggests,
is its free. Everyone is trying to get rich while everyone
else competes with them. What could go wrong? Well, this: “This is inumane, Diego is my
gardener.” In the first episode, Randy takes up some
good ol’ fashioned monopolistic behavior and tries to ban people from growing their
own weed. This is a common tactic in the world: established
companies and industries try to reduce new competition by making the barrier to entry
higher. Less competition means you have a little more
leeway in charging what you want. So, for instance, if you’re a dentist, you
don’t just want any asshole scraping people’s teeth, because they could undercut your prices. So you make a dental association and lobby
the government to make teeth-scraping a hard business to get into, with educational requirements
and expensive licenses. Now, these barriers can be a double-edged
sword. Technically it limits competition, but then
again, do you really want some unlicensed rando named Dr. Krentist drilling holes in
your mouth? The point is: markets uniquely encourage people
to do things that limit other people’s freedoms because, money. This is all reflected in Stan’s bizarre
speech against home-grown weed, as he tries to win support through public safety concerns,
“Unscrupulous growers could use cheap irrigation and drown babies, oh come on.” Of course, this petty debate about weed- growing
freedom is juxtaposed with the much bigger problem of freedom for kids in detention centers. This idea of conflicting freedoms comes back
in the 2nd episode, “Band in China – where free acts by private corporations intersect
with a not-so free government. The episode criticizes the likes of Disney
and the NBA for willing to bend backwards to appease the Chinese government. As Randy thinks he’s the first to realize
China is an untapped market, he boards a flight full of Disney characters and NBA players. For context, Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey
tweeted in support of the Hong Kong protests, which is a problem for the NBA because they’ve
been investing millions of dollars into growing their Chinese fanbase. Rockets games were swiftly removed from Chinese
media and feeling the money slowly drain from the bank account, the NBA officially apologized
to China. And Disney, along with other filmmakers, are
under constant pressure to make their films palatable to a massive chinese audience and
not run afoul of the Chinese government. Sometimes this means a rewrite or even editing
a whole new version. Notably, in the Chinese version of Iron Man
3, Tony Stark seeks medical care in China in a scene that doesn’t exist in the US
version. Also in the episode, Stan struggles to maintain
his integrity as a producer, and even a Chinese general, pressure him into making a biopic
that will appeal to Chinese audiences. It’s likely a reference to the chinese version
of Bohemian Rhapsody which cut out any reference to homosexuality, which is kind of important.. So sure, you have a government clearly infringing
the rights and freedoms of its citizens. But what about the US? This question is interesting because, technically,
nobody is forcing Disney or the NBA to do anything. They, as a free actor on the global market,
choose to work with China. But in this basic act, is Chinese censorship
trickling down to American citizens? What if a private citizen tweets support for
the Hong Kong protests and is then reprimanded by his corporate overlords? Blizzard, a US company, banned a non-American
player from a tournament for voicing his support of the Hong Kong protests. We could say these US companies areacting
in their own free self interests, but they are also heavily incentivized to quash any
kind of behavior not in line with the Chinese government. So what do we make of freedom then? It’s a problem South Park might also uniquely
understand considering its own history. While not governments, plenty of American
interest groups, usually representing family values or something, have boycotted the show. The logic is the same: if you’d like to
make money off of our community, you have to appease our community. Not that South Park ever tried to go straight
Blizzard and get an Evangelical audience. In fact, their solution seems to be what they’ve
always done, to take responsibility – but we’ll get to that later. Last Wednesday’s episode also tackles a
central issue surrounding conflicting freedoms: the right of anti-vaxxers to be dumb, and
the right of anyone else to not get polio. Cartman, afraid of shots, conjures up a series
of dumb talking points to not get vaccinated. “I told this school, I said look you guys,
I happen to have religious, moral or philisophical convictions.” Meanwhile, everyone else in the town is worried
about the danger he and other unvaccinated kids pose to the community. Making choices about our health is a cornerstone
of American rhetoric about freedom. If I want to eat cheeseburgers everyday and
get the ‘beetus when I’m 35, well god dammit, that’s my right as anAmerican. It’s similar rhetorically to the feminist
slogan “my body, my choice,” which not-so-subtly adorns Cartman’ shirt. Of course, the argument goes, my future case
of the beetus isn’t hurting anyone but myself, and maybe my friends and family. But vaccines are different, because vaccines
stop the spread of communicable diseases. You might say, “well just get the vaccine
and don’t worry about me,” but vaccines aren’t 100% effective, they work through
herd immunity “everyone has to follow protocolo r it puts everyone at risk.” and then there’s
people who are too young, sick, or allergic to be vaccinated who are put at risk when
too many people opt out of vaccinations. So if, for me, freedom is walking around free
from fear of dying from a preventable disease, those opposed to getting vaccinated are going
to really fuck up my day. So what are we supposed to do when we want
to live free with integrity, but have to deal with conflicting pressures? Whether about making money or yielding to
government control? Based on the resolution of the most recent
episode, it seems Matt and Trey want us to do something that South Park constantly preaches:
take personal responsibility. Cartman’s mom first tries to defer to others
to get her son vaccinated, eventually leading to a all-community vaccine roundup where Cartman
will be lasso-ed, hogtied, and vaccinated. She opts, instead, to take the needle for
her son and get him vaccinated on her own terms, to take responsibility as a mother. Similarly, Randy’s schmoozing with China
allegedly ends after he makes amends with Towlie and emphatically says “fuck the chinese
goverment.” This is in line with traditional South Park
thinking. In the movie, Bigger Longer and Uncut, the
parents initially blame everyone from the media to the Canadian government for the bad
behavior their children exhibit after watching the Terrence and Philip movie. But it’s ultimately the responsibility of
the parents to make sure their kids don’t suck, not TV. It could be implied then that South Park doesn’t
want government intervention for China or vaccines, but would prefer companies and people
to simply do “the right thing” of their own accord. This is the show telling people like Blizzard,
or the NBA, etc to step up and take responsibility. A point made exceedingly clear in their psuedo-apology
to china where they sarcastically opened their hearts to Chinese censors because “we too
love money more than freedom and democracy.” There’s still so much of the season left,
and so much potential for these ideas to develop. There’s even a whole meta-textual thing
going on with Randy constantly conflating ‘tegridy farms with the show itself that doesn’t
quite make sense yet. But you can be sure we’ll be watching the
rest of the reason with a close eye. Thanks everyone for watching and listening
to our South Park podcast. Don’t forget to subscribe and be sure to
visit Upstart.com/wisecrack. Thanks for watching guys, peace. [a]https://www.indiewire.com/2019/03/china-bohemian-rhapsody-cuts-gay-scenes-1202053796/

100 thoughts on “South Park on Freedom – Wisecrack Quick Take (Season 23)

  1. China using its gigantic economic markets censors every individual or business concerned with China all over the world. But this is not the China main target. The main target of China is using the 5G technology surveillance and AI to control everyone in the world. China can do anything in a open world, But open world nothing to do to confront a totalitarian world. Markets/money will be the master of the world in future. Even the great America have to give in to China on the benefit of agriculture. Wall Street buddies up China to get more interests.To condemn those love money more than freedom can't change anything in this world. We almost lost our moral value of human being society, living mere for money like a animal living mere for food.

  2. "The right of anti-vaxxers to be dumb and the rights of everyone else to not get polio." So, if the anti-vaxxers don't get the shot and the "everyone else" group does get the polio vaccine, then then "everyone else" is already immunized against polio, right? Thus, "everyone else" can't get polio, because, you know, they are already vaccinated against it.
    So, who exactly is the dumb one here? Your statement is stupid and contradicts itself. How are the tiny percentage of anti-vaxxers a threat to those who are already immunized against it?
    And for the record, my kids have all their shots.

  3. "Palatable to a massive chinese audience and not run afoul of the Chinese government."
    WRONG, Chinese audience has been bootlegging Hollywood films since late 80s, Let's make it clear what these companies are trying to do is to make their product "palatable" to the REGIME and NOT THE PEOPLE. Wisecrack had it completely backwards and wrong. Therefore you CAN'T say it's a FREE MARKET, because the competition between these companies is NOT who will bring a better product to the people but who will bring a better product to better fit the regime's ideology. And here you are presenting it as "these" are the results of free market, if these companies are competing in a free market then they shouldn't be worry about getting banned.

    This whole episode is to paint the corporate as evil overlords and that freedom actually doesn't exist, not even in America. And by saying in the opening statement that you come here as "RED blooded american" I find that extremely ironic. But then again only a liberal leftist will put John Maynard Keynes as a serious economist.

  4. Well they do have 1.43 billion people living. That's a lot of money for a capitalist country like the US, so if they have to change script a bit to appease them, so be it. Because they gonna get a lot of revenue for that scene.

  5. A good example of bad licensing is cab drivers or hair stylists. Limited experience needed. Not protecting the public.

  6. Like your video it is welmade, but your voice over with your lips quite dont sync up tho. For the rest best video so far on this topics well spaced not much useless information like some other channels i watch. Keep up the good work.

  7. The same people who hated Colin's kneeling are outraged by the nba falling in line with China, yet are unwilling to recognize that they are partially responsible for the effective pressure these corporations now adhere to

  8. "my body my choice" Feminist slogan goes very well with this situation. A selfish human being who doesn't care about how that choice will effect anyone else. Whether it's infecting someone with a sickness or straight out killing them.

  9. How did they cut out the gay parts of Bohemian Rhapsody? That guy was gay gay.🤣🤣🤣 Great movie, great artist, no hate at all on his gender identity but that is a lot on the cutting room floor. 🤣🤣🤣

  10. i watched s23 ep2 and it just felt purely like propaganda not to mention it was not even that funny, the lads have proven they can do funny propoganda with team america

  11. Americas second biggest export is not freedom, it is quite the opposite. 70% of the worlds dictatorships recieve military aid from the US. Look it up dumb-dumbs.

  12. Bro, big fan of the channel and this series and I'm totally not just trying to sound like a judgemental dick, but as a dude looking out for another dude(no homo) my upper twitches and I find myself making the "who farted face" when the clips cut to you talking, so may I offer some CUTstructive critiSCISSORSom, hit the barber or ask one of most honest friends if your hair do is irritating? Just from a visual standpoint, I think it might be beneficial to lop that shit off or use a little product its irritating enough to make me pause the video, I watch too much wisecrack to not be real with you. Am I the only one??? If I am,….then………………………….fuck……………..

  13. This is so hypocritical! American anti-leftist censorship does exactly the same to Latin America that this gringo is decrying China is doing.

  14. Idk about the migrant detention camp one tbh. It seems that if you don't wanna get detained in a detention camp don't like…illegally cross the border. Ik it's a pretty hard idea to grasp. Almost as hard as figuring out if you don't wanna get burned don't rub your face against a pan on the stove.

  15. Vaccines were fine before the UN'a agenda21 openly discussed war on humanity(they actually called man the enemy of a man that had to be dealt with) through the guise of solutions to overpopulation that our government agreed with by the way… now they are not. Jesus, do people not know what population control is and how it's implemented? It's all public knowledge available to anyone that cares enough to read it. We are talking about a bitter globalist government that just conspired with a political party to change the results of a legit election by the people by running a fucking ILLEGAL COUP on a sitting president because they weren't happy with the results and because they knew President Trump would shut down their globalist agenda to destroy our own sovereignty, give away our wealth and ability to manufacture goods, which puts food on the table for the families of the entire middle class, like Obama did ☹️ AND they are in the middle of holding secret, illegal, wannabee impeachment hearings with no due process, wants to sooner than later FORCEFULLY disarm the American people, falsely slander and frame over 60 million people as white supremacists through the intelligence agency mockingbird controlled mainstream Media who are now political activists instead of news outlets… and I'm just supposed to shoot some of their compromised, squalene trash "vaccine" into my body that they say is safe because totally real medical reasons and I have a responsibility to make my society safe for everybody else except myself?? Lmao. I've actually done plenty of research on their vaccines and I choose not to partake. It's not the vaccine per say that I'm scared of, it's the rest of the crap that has no business being in a vaccine. If I don't want to drink the Kool-Aid I don't have to. Show me one non-retarded politician that has taken a vaccine. Beta O'Twerk is definitely retarded and he's not even human so he doesn't count LMAO 😂 rant complete… Have at it NPC's.
    P.S. if you support China over Hong Kong's liberation, you are scumbag communist…. I'm looking at you NBA and comrade LeBron

  16. You talk about tegrity when sponsored by shady bullshit, thus you having NO TEGRITY. Also you look like a malnourished ginger Jesus, just show clips dude. Everytime i see your mug idk, you sir are a radio person.

  17. Wow, Firefox just let me know that Facebook was tracking me when I clicked on this video. That's some ChiCom level shit there man.

  18. Fine, I get that you need to advertise. But, when you do adverts in your own voice, I can't take you seriously afterwards. It shows me that you are willing to say anything to be paid. You lose credibility.

  19. I only take issue in his claim of what is a freedom… Freedom is the right to chose for yourself so long as that choice does no conflict with the laws, Laws being comprised of both natural and social laws… Now president is given to natural law over mans law. Case of vaccination. Health and not dieng are not natural rights of man as a mater of design your life on this rock is governed by the law of you will die and the world without man made designs has millions of ways to kill you and it will always achieve that goal so it is not a freedom to live free of disease and sickness and health is an illusion of the ignorant to how the world works rather We all vaccinate of not make little to no measurable difference in the number of dead for every protection against death we invariably invent more as the earth will as well, (Super bugs ring a bell) The earth has a job and that undeniable job is to insure you die and it has the power of the creation at its disposal to ensure you will die, Rather you die from some bug or some car or some action you take rest assured you will die so it is pointless to say the least to include something such as health as a freedom which it was never recognised as such by the much more intelligent founders of the united states. Your unaliable rights are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, Life= you have a right to be born and to not be killed by man made ways,( Viruses are not man made and there for you have no right to not be killed by them). Liberty= the right to freely express yourself, freely choose for yourself how you will live and where. Pursuit of Happiness = you can pursue it but you have no right to have it..

  20. They should DO a show on corporate socialism, How THREE corporation got TWO BILLION DOLLARS in FEDERAL FUNDING to provide the northeast with INTERNET , turned around and got STATES to allow them to RAISE CABLE RATES( do you remember cable rates going up100% or more) , Because of all the MONEY THEY WERE SPENDING to provide INTERNET !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. i find it really uncomfortable having youtubers advertising loan companies considering how young there audiences can be

  22. Do an episode on why Wisecrack gets sponsored by the shittiest companies and how you manage to perform an ad read without feeling the irony

  23. I always #LOL when I hear or see “My body, my choice”. That statement may be true before the 1880s when there were no abortion laws, for or banning, existed in any local, state or federal legal codes. The moment state and federal government started to pass abortion laws, and when the Supreme Court made killing babies legal in Roe v Wade, it’s no longer her body or her choice. Her body belongs to the state, and her choice were made by congress and 9 men. Discuss.

  24. holy cow I can't believe I just went through that entire video just to hear you try and sell me vaccines what a freaking joke

  25. I’m so glad that South Park, NBA and the Blizzard incident finally raise awareness about CCP oppression to western people! Chinese Communist government even begin to infringe westerners’ freeedom of speech in the free world! Please stand with Hong Kong as we are in the forefront of this global fight against Chinese totalitarian oppression!
    #ResistBeijing
    #FightforFreedom #StandWithHongKong

  26. 8:54. You can eat cheeseburgers every day and be perfectly healthy. Just dump the the bun and any other starchy or sugary foods. Keto is King!

    I eat the equivalent of 4-8 burgers every day. Some days with cheese. And I have 15% body fat.

  27. [An annoying comment]
    [IRRELEVENT comments I have to say it out loud]
    [Very good content by the way! Wisecrack is precise and wit as usual.]

    I just really want to say my opinion from the perspective as a Chinese. This comment is irrelevant to this video.

    As a Chinese international student in more than 4 countries, I sensed way more hatred than sympathy. Sometimes people just hate China and Chinese and afraid of accused of being racists, therefore, applying democracy as a weapon against all Chinese and Chinese government. Therefore, everything we do no matter good or not is horrible.
    Seriously, if you really care democracy that much, focusing more about Chinese policies and concerning Chinese human right organizations, or even Chinese movies; saving people instead of judging everything. STOP judging everyone and ask questions like "do you have gardens in China" (yall will be shocked how many people asked me about it!!!!). And stop pretending to be caring about this country but call us ''chink' privately, and justify your hate by applying human right. That is politics and hypocrite, not caring.
    BECAUSE, AS A CHINESE, I SUFFERED MORE FROM MY GOV THAN ANYONE OF YOU DO!
    I WANT MY COUNTRY TO BE OPEN MORE THAN ANYONE OF YOU DO!
    AND I KNOW ITS GETTING BETTER THAN ANYONE OF YOU DO!
    As a country which used to had 1 billion poverties, China did its best to feed all these populations within only 30 years. Or do you prefer the freedom that starves millions of people to death than rich but only sacrificing 'democracy'? The answer is obvious.

  28. I have watched Southpark religiously for years. I have reached my limit of Trump bashing, without equal time liberal bashing. That’s all I wanted – balance. There is none. Good bye, my friends.

  29. it really irks me that i pay google money to not see commercials on youtube, and yet I am still forced to jump over commercials in videos. you already get a lot more money out of me simply because i watch your videos, there's no need to force-feed me irrelevant commercials. imho, you need to figure this out with google.

  30. everyone sucks China's ass while they're continuing to steal Western IP and undercut Western companies in their own markets. Fuck China.

  31. It’s pretty obviously about people who look to the show for its tegridy are the same people trying to find the tegridy in pot farming

  32. A company is free to have any official opinion they want;
    However just as I am not free to go to your house and repeatedly punch you in your face so that your teeth falls out and you cannot speak. A company should not be able to remove the speech from anyone IF the company operates as a public forum. Otherwise they become PUBLISHERS and as publishers they are responsible for ANYTHING written by someone using their service.
    IF your argument is that they are a company thus they can supress anything they like. Then the phone company should be able to monitor your calls and decide what you are allowed to talk or not.

    Is simple. You have a right to your rights, but you do not have a right to infringe anyone else rights.

  33. "Rural living is not the silver bullet to freedom." same video "one person's freedoms could impede on another's, like building a statue to block your neighboors sunlight" except if we all lived on 5 acre farms, these concerns become almost irrelevant because of the physical distance.

    Also watching this episode of South Park myself it looks they don't mention that many people would probably be too lazy to grow their own weed or wouldn't be able to produce it in the same quantity or wouldn't want the inconvenience of having to wait. You know how easy it is to brew your own alcohol? Don't see Miller or Busch going out of business soon.

    Also, even though anti-competitive behavior is a thing what this South Park episode fails to do is show how much worse it is when the Government is involved. I think they almost hint at it a bit with the slight hinting of intellectual property when Randy outbursts "THEY STOLE MY IDEA!" but really they fall short.

  34. "conflicting freedoms" no, you are free to dissociate from unvaccinated children and their families. Without mandatory public school attendance, it's not a problem. And with the weed farm, notice that again the government is how he tries to restrict others' freedoms. The obvious problem is government. And as you said, the solution is personal responsibility.

  35. I listened to your bullshit sponsor wank. Why would you bleep out shit and fuck. Jesus, rename your. Channel to reach around. And trust me, you're played through autoplay while I try to sleep. Your advertisement is disgusting.

  36. Michael: Sounds like a good dentist.
    Dwight: Oh, yeah.
    Michael: What's his name?
    Dwight: …Crentist.
    Michael: Your dentist's name is Crentist.
    Dwight: Yep.
    Michael: Huh. Sounds a lot like dentist.
    Dwight: Maybe that's why he became a dentist.

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