Oct 09, 2013 01:57 PM EDT | James Knight
South Park is known for lampooning topical and controversial issues. Besides the government shut down, little else fits that description as well as the Trayvon Martin case does. In the new episode, "World War Zimmerman," the long running cartoon series takes on one of the years most controversial court cases.
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Comunity watch member George Zimmerman divided the nation when shoot and killed a "suspicious" teenager in what he claims was self defense after 911 operators told him not pursue. As it turned out the 17-year-old, victim was unarmed and making his way home.
Zimmerman was recently acquitted for the 2012 killing and outraged millions of Americans in the process. So of course South Park has to take a shot at incident. The official synopses for tonights episode reads:
“The world faces death, destruction, chaos and Eric Cartman in all-new episode of ‘South Park’ titled ‘World War Zimmerman’ … Cartman is deeply disturbed by a single person who he sees as a threat to all humanity. He races around the country to put an end to Patient Zero, the ticking time bomb that is Token.”
George Zimmerman, himself, is a wealth of material, ripe for parody. Since his acquittal just over two months ago, Zimmerman has stayed in trouble. He's been pulled over twice for speeding, once on his way to a gun shop, and again for excessive tint on his car. He has also been accused of more serious crimes, including theft, for allegedly stealing from his in-laws to domestic abuse for allegedly threatening his soon-to-be ex-wife Shellie Zimmerman.
Shellie went on to speak to NBC's Matt Lauer about her husband:
"This person that I'm married to that I'm divorcing, I've kind of realized now that I don't know him. And I really don't know what he's capable of."
She went on to say that she was unsure if the Trayvon Martin killing was really self defense:
"I'm conflicted on that. I believe the evidence, but this revelation in my life has really helped me to take the blinders off."
What do you think about the new episode theme? South Park airs tonight on Comdey Central.
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