“South Park” delivered an unexpectedly pointed message at the end of its hourlong pandemic special on Wednesday night ― and it was a message directly urging the viewers to vote.
The episode was full of the show’s trademark off-color humor, with jokes about everything from bestiality to police brutality. It also took on social distancing:
There were Zoom meetings and mask debates:
But the big moment came during the show’s final minutes, when a character made a direct plea to vote. That character was President Donald Trump, or rather, Mr. Garrison, who has essentially morphed into Trump since 2015.
Garrison/Trump explained how the pandemic was good for his reelection chances. So, when a scientist said he was on the cusp of having a breakthrough, the president whipped out a flamethrower and roasted him on the spot.
“Don’t forget to get out and vote, everybody!” he said straight to viewers. “Big election coming up!”
The message was much more blunt than the show’s previous forays into presidential politics, which have tended heavily toward nihilism. In 2016, “South Park” presented the choice as one between a giant douche (Trump) and a turd sandwich (Hillary Clinton), a callback to a 2004 episode that parodied voting for unsavory choices when the kids had to decide between the douche and turd as the school mascot.
- Get the latest coronavirus updates here.
- What will life be like once a coronavirus vaccine arrives?
- Everything you need to know about face masks right now.
- What should you still be disinfecting to prevent COVID-19?
- Is it possible you had coronavirus earlier this year?
- Constantly arguing with your partner about coronavirus risks? You are not alone.
Everyone deserves accurate information about COVID-19. Support journalism without a paywall — and keep it free for everyone — by becoming a HuffPost member today.
How to vote
Vote-by-mail ballot request deadline: Varies by state
For the Nov 3 election: States are making it easier for citizens to vote absentee by mail this year due to the coronavirus. Each state has its own rules for mail-in absentee voting. Visit your state election office website to find out if you can vote by mail.Get more informationTrack ballot status
In-person early voting dates: Varies by state
Sometimes circumstances make it hard or impossible for you to vote on Election Day. But your state may let you vote during a designated early voting period. You don't need an excuse to vote early. Visit your state election office website to find out whether they offer early voting.My Election Office
General Election: Nov 3, 2020
Polling hours on Election Day: Varies by state/localityMy Polling Place