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The cult cartoon series South Park is back and the next episode in series 22 is all about vaping

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South Park is a cult American cartoon series created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone. The duo term themselves “equal opportunity offenders” and have managed to upset many people. Wednesday’s episode turns its focus on vaping as Butters sells flavoured pods to the kids in South Park Elementary.

Parker and Stone have said that no topic or group of people is exempt from mockery and satire, and they hold no truck with political correctness. Previously, they have depicted Tom Cruise and John Travolta as being gay but in denial, attacked Christianity, Mormonism, Islam and the scientologists. They’ve knocked Harley Davidson riders, Prius hybrid car drivers and even people who buy from wholefood stores.

Earlier episodes in Season 22 have covered topical subjects such as school shootings, the continuing saga of the Catholic Church abuse scandal and the election of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh to office. It was inevitable, given the current furore over vaping in the United States, that the pair would set their sights on vaping at some point soon.

In this week’s episode, Butters has set up a business selling flavoured pods, similar to Juul pods, to the other school children – and Kyle isn’t happy. Kyle, Stan, Kenny and Cartman confront Butter about selling vapes to Kyle’s little brother, Ike.

  • Kyle: “Butters, you understand this stuff is an epidemic at our school?”
  • Butters: “Yea, and at five bucks a pop we’re going to be rich!”

A clip from the next episode of South Park

The episode will screen on Comedy Central at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT) in the United States. After that it will be available on South Park Studios and Hulu.

In 1999, a British poll conducted by NatWest Bank discovered that Eric Cartman was voted “Favourite Personality” by 8 and 9 year-old children. This prompted one Cambridgeshire head teacher publically to urge parents to ban children from watching the show and several councils expressed concern.

South Park isn’t the first to depict vaping in a cartoon. Earlier this year Stewie could be seen vaping in Family Guy

Vaping in Family Guy

If you think this episode might upset you, it’s best to bear in mind the warning played at the beginning of every show: “The following program contains coarse language and due to its content it should not be viewed by anyone.”

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Dave is a freelance writer; with articles on music, motorbikes, football, pop-science, vaping and tobacco harm reduction in Sounds, Melody Maker, UBG, AWoL, Bike, When Saturday Comes, Vape News Magazine, and syndicated across the Johnston Press group. He was published in an anthology of “Greatest Football Writing”, but still believes this was a mistake. Dave contributes sketches to comedy shows and used to co-host a radio sketch show. He’s worked with numerous vape companies to develop content for their websites.

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