Friday, Mar 26, 2010
by PopMatters Staff
by NPR
NPR (24 March 2010)

“Finding a way to sneak black-market arms trading into a cartoon about fourth-graders from Colorado wasn’t exactly a challenge: For Eric Cartman — South Park’s resident racist, anti-Semitic, power-hungry sociopath — gun running is a more likely after-school job than a paper route. Sure enough, a promo for South Park’s 14th season showed Cartman signing for a shipment of 500 AK-47s. Playing off topical events, explains Parker, is something that South Park writers try to do on a weekly basis.”


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