Team America: World Police producers do know some things about patriotism. As such, there’s no surprise that the premiere of the 20th season of South Park came with some references to Colin Kaepernick, 49ers quarterback, and his national anthem protest. Of course, producers Matt Stone and Trey Parker could not let this skip.
Recently, Kaepernick triggered a lot of negative reactions over the nation after he kneeled during the “Star-Spangled Banner” before the NFL games. He did this as a protest against the brutality policy is showing to African-Americans. He said that he is not going to stand up and respect the flag of a country that oppresses African-Americans and other people of color.
The world of South Park shows a group of 4th grade females who play volleyball as being the subject of this controversy. The season 20 also marks the return of P.C. Principal, who announced in the finale of the last season that he would be back and it seems that he kept his promise. He was on board with the protest and protected the girls from their troll, which was supposedly Cartman.
On the occasion of this debate, Congress named director J.J. Abrams to “restart” the national anthem, just like he did for the Star Trek and Star Wars. The name of the episode is “Member Berries”, which shows a note of nostalgia.
Earlier this month, Parker and Stone declared for The Daily Beast that they will still use Mr. Garrison as a replacement for Donald Trump. Last year they were decided to forgo the reset that happened at the end of the every episode and chose to make more complex story arcs that span the entire season. Now they even went further and prolonged the narrative strands even from one season to another, just to keep you close to the TV show.