Eric Cartman projects: “Obama Wins!” tonight on new South Park

For 15 years Eric Cartman, the usually endearing but almost always misunderstood kid villain of South Park has been portrayed as sadistic, racist, sexist, obnoxious, manipulative, politically incorrect, lazy–traits any real world actor playing a character would have received an Emmy or Oscar for by now.  Despite his personal failings–in large part his responses from being ridiculed for being “the fat kid” (“Screw you guys… I’m going home”), Cartman has been consistently listed as one of the top 10 greatest cartoon characters of all time–and one of the top villains (“respect my authoritah!”).  He has been known to carry out ethically and morally vile antics that… often end up as highly successful business ideas.  Think Archie Bunker meets Donald Trump.  Cartman if anything is determined and effective at getting his way.   And he is no less successful at his goals tonight on an an all-new episode of South Park on Comedy Central titled “Obama Wins!”

South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone offer up some of the funniest, irreverent and classic episodes of television, nearly always highlighted by a dose of truth, often melding ripped from the headlines topics with the banality of celebrities and trends.  Parker and Stone always bash both sides of any issue, leaving viewers to come to their own conclusions and despite their leanings, laughing along all the way.

When you think of all that Cartman has done over the years–faking being disabled to participate in the Special Olympics, plotting genocide against ginger kids, pulling the plug on BFF Kenny’s life support so he can inherit his PSP, getting his pal Butters to live in a junkyard by convincing him the world has come to the end, piling on every possible misdeed against his Jewish friend Kyle, and turning a bully’s parents into chili–it should come as no surprise that he would be up to something learned from Donald Trump himself–holding back a secret that will impact the very outcome of the election.  Only this time the guy holding back the secret has something real behind the door.

Check out this preview of tonight’s South Park:

Catch the full, timely episode tonight on Comedy Central.

C.J. Bunce

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