I watched it with a growing sense of concern, then disgust and revulsion, waiting for some kind of redemption. But there was nothing. That clip takes what was a kind of socially acceptable racial prejudice to a whole new level. I am not going to link it, you know where kiwiblog and whaleoil are.
What if they were fat, black, muslim, jewish or mentally ill? Ah, that would be different? Why? That clip with one or more of those categories would be funny or acceptable to some group of people around the world.
It is already "OK" to bully ginger haired kids in school. Will it stop being funny when a child takes their own life as a result of being bullied?
Or will it stop being funny when some of those limited intelligence bullies grow up and believe violence towards red heads is socially acceptable?
Or will it stop being funny when some of them join the police and believe brutality is acceptable?
Or will it only stop being funny when a dictator somewhere actually rounds up and executes red headed people for their crime?
Or was it never really funny at all but simply an excuse for small minded people to display prejudice towards a minority in order to big themselves up at the expense of others.
I used to believe that "teasing" of "gingas" was innocent humour until I came across a family of red heads whilst out canvassing for the Conservatives. The son had been bullied at school and when the parents took it up with the teacher they were told he should do something about the colour of his hair. Something he was born with. So the playground taunts extend to the reality of life. I asked myself where does the prejudice stop?
Take the easy out and accuse me of a sense of humour failure. I don't get the "in joke". No. I reject the idea that killing other humans for something they are born with and have no control over is in any way socially acceptable, even as "humour". There is a fine line between humour, intolerance and offence. The South Park deliberately offensive humour does not target any one group in particular but simply plays back human flaws and insecurities. It is fair minded in targeting everyone. The ten most hilariously offensive South Park scenes (in google ranking opinion) are listed here. This is the most offensive one.
Randy Marsh's Wrong Answer on Wheel of Fortune: This was the most brilliant opening scene in South Park history. The producers were smart in not giving away any part of this episode in the previews. Randy Marsh is in the final round of Wheel of Fortune. The category is "people who annoy you". It is seven letters long and after receiving the letters "r", "s", "t", "l", and "e", it is spelt out _ _ _ _ E R S. Randy guesses B, G, N, and an "O" to reveal N _ G G E R S. The audience looks on with blank faces as the black cameraman has an angry look on his face. Randy becomes nervous and starts to say how he knows the answer, but shouldn't say it. Eventually, with time running out, he exclaims eagerly in anticipation of winning a lot of money "NIGGERS!". Time runs out, Vanna (looking very ashamed) walks over to the puzzle to reveal that the answer was actually naggers. Extremely funny and genius opening scene to a great South Park episode.
Watch that red head video and compare it with the humour described above and see if you can spot the difference.