Recap / South Park S 16 E 13 A Scause For Applause

A scandal in South Park causes everyone to cut their bracelets and renounce faith in God and after Stan continues to hold faith, he gets a bracelet of their own.

A Scause For Applause contains examples of:

  • Aesop Amnesia: The townspeople bar Stan seemed to have forgotten that they should be focusing on what Jesus lived for not what he died for. Interestingly, Stan was the one who had delivered the aesop in that episode.
  • Art Shift: The poem about scauses is illustrated in the visual style of Dr. Seuss.
  • Broken Pedestal: Everyone towards Jesus and eventually Stan.
  • Easily Condemned: While it was wrong for Jesus to lie about his steroid use, everyone seems to completely forget all that Jesus did like his miracles performed, sacrificing his own life to be forgiven for out sins, and starting the biggest religion in the world.
  • Holier Than Thou: The townspeople hold this attitude when they wear their scauses.
  • Hypocrite: Christianity has a huge focus on forgiveness, though all the Christians refuse to forgive Jesus for not feeling pain when he died (even though he still died so they can be forgiven nonetheless) and renounce faith in him entirely.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: P.F. Pityef Bracelet Factory is destroyed in the end.
  • Ripped from the Headlines: The whole episode satirizes the Lance Armstrong doping scandal.
  • Shout-Out: The story of how the scause is made is directly out of a Dr. Seuss story.
    • For added points, the second half of the episode is homage to The Sneetches.
  • Take That!: The townspeople are one aimed towards the ideas of slacktivism and virtue signalling. They come across as Holier Than Thou, and think that just wearing a bracelet is all they need to do to stand up for a cause.