Stunning and Brave
|"Stunning and Brave"|
|South Park episode|
|Directed by||Trey Parker|
|Written by||Trey Parker|
"Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)" by Silentó|
"Genius of Love"
by Tom Tom Club
|Original air date||September 16, 2015|
"Stunning and Brave" is the first episode in the nineteenth season of the American animated television series South Park. The 258th episode overall, it was written and directed by series co-creator Trey Parker. The episode aired on Comedy Central on September 16, 2015. The episode primarily parodies political correctness within society with a focus on the acceptance and praise of Caitlyn Jenner. The episode also lampoons Tom Brady and the Deflategate scandal.
Mr. Mackey announces to the parents and students of South Park Elementary that Principal Victoria has been fired. She has been replaced by PC Principal, an aggressive, muscular man who promises to change South Park and make people aware of their racism and biases. When Kyle is given two weeks' detention for saying that Caitlyn Jenner is not a hero, his father, Gerald, confronts Principal, and when he refers to Jenner as Bruce Jenner, Principal becomes violent and throws them both out of his office. When Gerald, Randy Marsh, Stuart McCormick and others speak critically of Jenner at a college bar, they are confronted by a group of violent, politically correct college men who insist that Jenner is stunning and brave. The college men and Principal decide to form a fraternity house. At school, Kyle, Stan, Kenny and Butters convince Cartman to form a scheme to resolve the problem of Principal, invoking to him the image of Cartman's rule-breaking hero, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Cartman meets Principal in the restroom and uses Butters' underwear to attempt to frame him for child molestation, but is hospitalized after Principal violently assaults him for employing politically incorrect language.
Randy goes to the fraternity house and is inadvertently pledged into the group with the help of a large amount of alcohol. In the hospital, Cartman is ready to give up and accept that he and the rest of the gang are bigots, but Kyle refuses to accept this and is resolute in his position that Jenner is not a nice person. Randy and the other pledges shame Kyle by waking him to a room full of pigs painted with the word "biggit". After a dream where Cartman is simultaneously Tom Brady, Roger Goodell and Bill Belichick, with Brady evading consequences for his actions during the Deflategate scandal, Cartman pledges to Butters that he will get the better of Principal. After a brutal hazing, Kyle asks Stan to make Randy and his PC gang stop assaulting him. When Butters tells Cartman that Kyle is now the main target of the PC fraternity members, Cartman vows retribution. Cartman and others mount an assault on the fraternity house, but Kyle interrupts it, publicly calling Jenner a hero and brave. Everyone applauds Kyle, and a clip from the 2015 ESPY Awards is shown. The boys begrudgingly admit that political correctness is not going away any time soon, as Kyle observes that the only person who seems to have emerged victorious from this recent conflict is Cartman.
The episode received positive reviews. IGN's Max Nicholson gave the episode a 7.8 out of 10 and stated "South Park's latest episode took on political correctness with scathing wit and truly outrageous moments." Chris Longo from Den of Geek rated it 3.5 out of 5 stars and said in his review that "it's easy to come away wanting more from this episode, although I thought the message was sound." Writing for The A.V. Club, Dan Caffrey gave a B- rating to the episode and stated: "While the idea of equating the increasing mob mentality of the PC police with a hell-raising frat is funny at first, the comparison ultimately ends up being blunt, repetitive, and one-sided." Jonathon Dornbush of Entertainment Weekly wrote that the show "points the finger at the faults of everyone else on both sides of the PC argument. And, if 'Stunning and Brave' is any indication, the show will continue to do so while remaining hilarious". Writing for CBS Boston, Matt Dolloff praised Cartman's dream scene as "hilarious" and described it as the best part of the episode.
- Nicholson, Max (September 17, 2015). "South Park: "Stunning and Brave" Review". IGN. Retrieved September 17, 2015.
- Longo, Chris (September 17, 2015). "South Park: Stunning and Brave Review". Den of Geek. Retrieved September 17, 2015.
- Caffrey, Dan (September 17, 2015). ""Stunning and Brave" - South Park - TV Review". The A.V. Club. Retrieved September 17, 2015.
- Dornbush, Jonathan (September 17, 2015). "South Park premiere is 'Stunning and Brave'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 17, 2015.
- Dolloff, Matt (September 17, 2015). "South Park Tackles Tom Brady, Political Correctness In Season Premiere". CBS Boston. Retrieved September 17, 2015.
- "68th Emmy Awards Nominations For Programs Airing June 1, 2015 – May 31, 2016" (PDF). The Television Academy. July 14, 2016. Retrieved July 14, 2016.