The Death Camp of Tolerance

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"The Death Camp of Tolerance"
South Park episode
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Episode no. Season 6
Episode 14
Directed by Trey Parker
Written by Trey Parker
Production code 614
Original air date November 20, 2002
Guest actors
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"The Death Camp of Tolerance" is the fourteenth episode of the sixth season and the Fantastic Voyage parodied episode of the American animated television series South Park, and the 93rd episode of the series overall. It first aired on Comedy Central in the United States on November 20, 2002. In the episode, Mr. Garrison desperately tries to get fired from his new job as the fourth grade teacher at South Park Elementary. As punishment for not tolerating Garrison's behavior, the boys get sent to a "tolerance camp".[1]

The episode was written by series co-creator Trey Parker and is rated TV-MA in the United States.

Plot[edit]

Finally promoted to teaching fourth graders, Mr. Garrison realizes that getting fired for being homosexual could allow him to sue the school for millions. He decides to perform outrageous sex acts in the classroom, hiring his partner Mr. Slave as his teaching assistant. Though the children complain about Garrison's inappropriate activities, their parents mistakenly think their children are intolerant of homosexuality. The adults send the children to the Museum of Tolerance to learn about tolerance of minorities or those with different life choices, though they hypocritically attack a nearby smoker with verbal abuse. Garrison, annoyed no one has complained about his actions, steps up his campaign to get fired by shoving Lemmiwinks, the class gerbil, into Mr. Slave's rectum, an act called gerbilling.

The children mention their discomfort to Chef, who in turn, reports Garrison's actions to Principal Victoria, but ends up being sent to a "tolerance seminar". Stan, Kyle, Cartman and Butters refuse to attend class, so their parents send them to an Auschwitz-like "tolerance camp" (it is unknown if this is the same camp Chef was sent to). All of the scenes inside the camp are shown in black-and-white, an homage to Schindler's List. Back at school, Garrison is to receive the "Courageous Teacher Award" for overcoming adversity. Still frustrated at not being fired, Garrison goes all out at the ceremony in an extremely flamboyant and stereotypically gay manner (humming Ferde Grofé's "On the Trail" from the Grand Canyon Suite). Although the parents are indeed shocked at Garrison's behavior, they cannot bring themselves to criticize it, as they fear being branded "intolerant". When the people continue to call Garrison and Mr. Slave "courageous" for their actions, Garrison finally breaks down and shouts at them that "tolerating something doesn't mean you have to like it." He goes on to say that tolerating his homosexuality should not mean that he can do things which are obviously inappropriate in front of his students and begs to be fired so that he can collect on a discrimination lawsuit, but Principal Victoria says she has a better idea.

The parents hurry to collect their malnourished and emaciated kids from the tolerance camp, but fail to realize that they ever tried to tell them about Garrison's behavior. Principal Victoria concludes that Garrison and Mr. Slave are "intolerant of their own behavior", and she is sending them to the tolerance camp so that they will accept themselves. As these chain of events all occurred, Lemmiwinks traversed the regions of Mr. Slave's digestive system, receiving advice from three animal spirits - the Frog Prince, Sparrow Prince and Catatafish. The journey is also accompanied by songs that parody those used in the 1977 Rankin/Bass version of The Hobbit. As Mr. Slave arrives at the tolerance camp, he coughs up Lemmiwinks. The spirits, now free from the intestines of Mr. Slave, appear before Lemmiwinks and crown him "the Gerbil King". Lemmiwinks exits the scene with the "Ballad of Lemmiwinks" playing over the credits.[2]

See also[edit]

Paradox of tolerance

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Death Camp of Tolerance - South Park: Season 6, Episode 614". Retrieved 2012-01-13. 
  2. ^ ""South Park" The Death Camp of Tolerance (2002)". South Park Studios. Retrieved 21 November 2011. 

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