At first glance, it appeared that South Park creators Matt Stone & Trey Parker were just going to lampoon victimhood culture and identity politics in their third episode “Holiday Special,” but they went several steps ahead and completely ripped social justice warriors altogether.
It can be argued that they exposed the entire social justice warrior movement as a bunch of white people who use virtue signaling and call people “racists” in order to gain power and attention.
In the lead-up to the episode, Stone and Parker hilariously mocked white people, who through DNA swab tests, get to claim the privileges and victimhood of another ethnic group because they turned out to be either “2.1 percent black” or “4.2 percent Cherokee Indian.”
However, in the episode, we find our favorite social justice warrior, Randy Marsh, going on a rampage by getting South Park elementary to cancel Columbus Day and tears down one Columbus statue while defecating on another. He even recruits his son, Stan, to start calling each and every resident of Columbus, Ohio to say they’re a “racist piece of sh-t” for living in a city named after “ethnic cleansing.”
It gets Stan to call his Dad out saying, “We all get your point, but don’t you think you’re overdoing it?”
To which Randy responds, “You have to overdo it in today’s society, Stan. You can’t be nuanced and subtle anymore or else critics go, ‘Wow, what was the point of all that?'”
While Stan and the kids try to find a way to get their day off from school back, they discover there are several photos on the internet of Randy dressed as Christopher Columbus at different public functions, including Halloween, St. Patrick’s Day, and at a football game.
Randy dismisses the accusations saying he was “younger” and that “everyone was stoked on Columbus back [in 2013].”
In order to show that he can claim Native American victimhood, Randy pays a Native American man $100 to French kiss him. He then takes the DNA mouth swab test. It later reveals he’s a mix of Northern European, Meditteranean, and Southwest Asian, which closely matches the standard Caucasian British person. However, the test revealed that he’s 2.8 percent Neanderthal, which is higher than average.
Randy learns that Neanderthals were a species that was wiped out by Homo sapiens.
“Wiped out? All of my people?” Randy asks.
“Yes, but, you see, because of some cross-breeding some people like you possess Neanderthal DNA. Isn’t that interesting?” The DNA and Me rep responds.
Randy, discovering that he’s now a victim of oppression from Homo sapiens, begins to flips out.
“Cross-breeding? You mean rape. You’re telling me that my ancestors were raped and then eradicated by you… you maniacs!” Randy screams and storms out of the DNA and Me office. “The Earth wasn’t big enough for Neanderthals, so your ancestors just got rid of them, huh? Well, to hell with all of you!”
Randy realizes that he’s been disingenuous to everyone this whole time. However, instead of using the actual term “disingenuous,” he mistakenly says he’s been “indigenous.”
By episode’s end, he declares that people will still have off on the second Monday of October, but instead of calling it Columbus Day, he’ll call it “Indigenous People’s Day” to allow people a day to reflect and tear each other down.
Watch the full episode below: