‘South Park’ Season 19: ‘Tweek x Craig’ Episode Review


In college, Trey Parker, co-creator of South Park majored in two things: music and Japanese. In this week’s episode, both music and Japanese culture were on proud display. The episode revolved around a very specific Japanese art style called “Yaoi” or “Boy Love” in which two boys, one dominant (the “Seme”) and one submissive (the “Uke”), are depicted as childishly in love and sometimes in a much more sexual nature. Here is one of the more platonic examples:


For years now, there has been a ton of Yaoi art featuring South Park characters on the internet ranging from adorable to perverted, and so it was high-time for Matt Stone and Trey Parker to address this amazing phenomenon. On Friday, South Park asked their fans on social media to send them their Yaoi fan art and promised to feature their favorites on this week’s show. Because of South Park‘s unique “Six Days to Air” production style, they are able to include new material as recent as the actual airdate. But this week’s episode had some social undertones under all the hilarity of romantic manga depictions of Tweek and Craig.

When the Asian girls in school start drawing pictures of Tweek and Craig in the Yaoi style, Wendy holds an assembly to address the issue. Now that the whole school thinks Tweek and Craig are a gay couple, the two boys go to great lengths to try and convince everyone that they aren’t gay. In a tribute to the season three episode “Tweek vs. Craig,” we finally get to see the two longtime rivals beat the crap out of each other. In PC Principal’s office, the boys explain to him that they are not gay, but PC Principal doesn’t care if they’re gay or not, he just wants to talk to them about “pre-approval” before they touch each other. He explains that if Tweek wants to touch Craig’s penis, he must first ask if he may and Craig can respond with “yes you may” or “no you may not.” After walking them through this process, he hands them some money and sends them on their way.

Craig’s dad is given a standing ovation for his son being gay at the newly opened Whole Foods, but he isn’t completely OK with it. At dinner, Tweek’s parents couldn’t be prouder of their boy for being gay, and they give him some money. Meanwhile, Stan Marsh is simply confused by the whole thing and asks his dad Randy “How do the Asians decide who is and who isn’t gay?” Cartman has to reconcile with his imaginary “Cupid Me” about his feelings on homosexuality, but he ultimately wants his friends to be happy. Craig approaches Tweek and convinces him that they need to stage a breakup at school the next day. After reluctantly agreeing, Cartman’s Cupid Me shoots Tweek with a love arrow (and pees in his mouth) that night, so the next day when Craig begins the breakup performance, Tweek gets really emotional and cries, and now the whole school thinks Craig is a “selfish asshole.” After Craig’s father comes to terms with his feelings that mirror many American parents of LGBT children, he encourages Craig to follow his heart. And then he gives Craig some money.

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