Cartman's Silly Hate Crime 2000
|"Cartman's Silly Hate Crime 2000"|
|South Park episode|
|Episode no.||Season 4
|Directed by||Trey Parker
|Written by||Trey Parker|
|Original air date||April 12, 2000|
"Cartman's Silly Hate Crime 2000" is the second episode of the fourth season of the American animated television series South Park, and the 50th episode of the series overall. It first aired on Comedy Central in the United States on April 12, 2000, and is the second of a four-episode run of titles ending in "2000". The episode is a spoof of the HBO prison drama series Oz and a general commentary against hate crime legislation.
The fourth grade girls, led by Lizzy, challenge the boys to a sled race down Phil Collins Hill. After the boys accept the challenge, Cartman gets into an argument with Token, because he keeps reminding him about his "fat ass". Cartman threatens to throw a rock at Token's face if he ever calls him fat again. Kyle then calls Cartman a fatass instead, causing him to throw the rock at Token, giving him a black eye in the process, much to Kyle's shock. Because Token is African-American, the FBI and the entire media overreacts to the situation. Assuming that the rock was thrown because of racism and not provocation, the government tries Cartman in a federal court. The prosecution's case, although utterly nonsensical, is accepted by the judge, who wishes to make an example out of Cartman to warn against racists. Cartman is convicted of a hate crime, and sentenced to juvenile prison until he reaches the age of 21. Cartman escapes the courtroom and enlists Kenny and his Go Go Action Bronco toy car to try to flee to Mexico, but the toy car goes extremely slow and they eventually fail after it runs out of battery. Cartman is taken to jail, and he is given the number 24601.
The boys realize that they've always taken Cartman's "ass" for granted and without his weight on the back of their sled, they are doomed to lose. Clyde takes over for Cartman, since he is the second fattest in the grade (despite the fact that Clyde has normal weight like everyone else), and everyone immediately starts calling him 'fatass'. Clyde tries to get them to stop, and yells "God dammit," seeing that he is like Cartman. When they sled down the hill, however, they find they are only average speed, as Cartman's fat 'ass' helped the boys go faster. They kick Clyde off and instead use bricks disguised as a kid (having pants and a jacket on it) to help them get faster. But, the sled goes too fast and starts to spin. Stan and Kyle manage to jump off, but Kenny flies off the sled into a tree, where he is crushed by the brick person. Stan and Kyle then realize the only way to win is to make Token forgive Cartman. Token is willing to forgive Cartman, but Token's father, who is himself against hate crime laws, tells the boys they will have to convince the Governor of Colorado to free Cartman, after a failed attempt to sneak in a nail file hidden inside a cake for Cartman to bust out of jail. The boys then put on a presentation before the governor, complete with visual aids, in which they detail their opposition to hate crime laws, declaring it a "savage hypocrisy" (their visual has it as "a savage hypocracy") and arguing that all forms of crime warrant some sort of hate, and that the laws serve only to encourage discrimination further. The governor is impressed, claiming that it made more sense than anything else he has heard in the last three years.
Meanwhile, Cartman adapts to life in prison by smuggling in things for his cellmate, Romper Stomper, who, along with Cartman, escapes the prison after feeling sorry for him and that he wishes to see Disneyland. They are caught by the authorities, who take Romper back to the prison, but tell Cartman that he has been pardoned by the governor. Cartman returns home, arriving at the sled race just as they are about to begin, and helps the boys beat the girls by throwing two yellow buckets (that Romper himself used as footwear until he gives them to Cartman when he tripped on a rock during the "escape") at the girls' sled, causing them to fall off a cliff and land on a pile of snow, after which Lizzy is carried off by a bear. The boys celebrate their victory and promise to Cartman that they will never exploit him ever again. After Pip refers to Cartman's "big fat-ass", Cartman throws a rock at Pip but this time gets away with it as injuring British people doesn't count as a hate crime.
Cartman decides to pay a visit to Romper, who always wished to see Disneyland and grants his wish by defecating it (off-camera), having smuggled it in his ass, much to Romper's delight.
As explained in the FAQ section on the official website: "When the year 2000 was coming up, everyone and their mother had '2000' in the titles of their products and TV shows." America was obsessed with 2000, so Trey Parker put '2000' in the titles to make fun of the ubiquity of the phrase."
According to Parker, the episode is the creator's statement against hate crime legislation, which both Parker and Stone find "silly." Phil Collin's Hill is a reference to Parker and Stone losing the academy award for best song to Phil Collins. When Cartman is sent to prison, the music that plays is the music from the TV show Oz.
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