Eric Cartman, abortion addict

The "South Park" boys get into wrestling -- and wind up addicted to abortion


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Mary Elizabeth Williams
October 22, 2009 3:23PM (UTC)

Who says abortion can’t be funny?

On last night’s perennially offensive, still shockingly funny "South Park," the boys fell under the spell of professional wrestling, with all “the cool costumes and jumping off ropes and stuff.”

Soon they were becoming WWE-style wrestling legends in their own little hamlet, right down to scripting “Your girlfriend is a whore” psychodramas to amp up the drama in the ring. But their greatest triumph was a rivalry between “Stan the Man” and “Juggernaut” for the affections of “Bad Irene” --  a bewigged, bikinied Cartman. And how did their wrestling love triangle play out? With “Bad Irene” in front of a slobbering crowd of fans, admitting to “Juggernaut” she “killed his child.” Why? Because “I’m not in love with you, I’m in love with abortion!” And then they started hitting each other with chairs.

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In an episode that also casually tossed off jokes about rednecks, gays and child molestation, Bad Irene’s abortion addiction still managed to stand out, a reminder that the heated debate over choice frequently serves as America's prime-time entertainment. In the words of one horrified denizen of "South Park," “There’s a little girl out there who’s had 14 abortions and she ain’t even ten yet. But I guess that’s just ‘not real’ to you.”

And the episode’s title? The same thing you might think when confronted with a talking embryo or a public shaming for your private actions.  "WTF."


Mary Elizabeth Williams

Mary Elizabeth Williams is a staff writer for Salon and the author of "A Series of Catastrophes & Miracles."

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