Monday, November 22, 2010
South Park on Stand and Deliver
I bring this up because I was recently watching an old episode of South Park with my roommate in which Cartman does a parody of the movie. Cartman becomes a teacher for an inner city school of Latinos. The satire, however, is that Cartman teaches the students to cheat their way to success, calling it the "white people way". I found this amusing but it also raised some questions of the perspective of Latinos versus Whites.
The "white people way" as described by Cartman implies that taking shortcuts or unethical tactics are the characteristics attributed to the White man's success. Comparing the show to the movie, there are assumptions made about Latinos as opposed to whites. Latinos work for their money, taking no shortcuts, all of their own effort. They put in manual effort and labor needed to gain success; however, whites may rely simply on other aspects of their life in order to gain success. In South Park, the whites are stereotyped as lazy individuals that use deceit and strategy to reach their achievements. The comparison of the message of the movie and the satire of the show are interesting to make because they discuss two different demographics' motivations. I don't know if I'm getting my points across but I just found it interesting and funny how South Park put a spin on the concept of the movie to create entertainment and satire.