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‘South Park’ Weighs in on Economy

March 23, 2009 12:16 PM

Joining the pack of shows with characters dealing with a financial crunch this season, including “Ugly Betty” and “Desperate Housewives,” “South Park” enters the fray with an episode entitled “Margaritaville” this Wednesday.

According to the brief press release, “Randy steps forward with a solution to fix the desperate financial state everyone finds themselves in. The town gets behind him and everyone starts to live a life that no longer depends on any economy at all. Meanwhile, an unlikely savior makes the ultimate sacrifice to solve everyone’s problems.”

While “Betty’s” and “Housewives’” story arcs may have seemed a little shoehorned in to fit with the current times, “Park” has no scruples about taking current events head-on immediately.

This is the same show that weighed in on the 9/11 attacks, the WGA strike, the Elian Gonzalez saga and the 2000 Florida recount debacle weeks, and sometimes a few days, after the events happened.

In the case of the Florida election, which began on Nov. 7, 2000, the “Park” episode that touched on it, “Trapper Keeper,” aired Nov. 15.

For Elian Gonzales, his federally ordered seizure from his home, which occurred on April 22, 2000, was lampooned on the show in an episode entitled “Quintuplets 2000” on April 26, 2000.

Check out a clip from this week’s show:


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