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Recap / South Park S 19 E 1 Stunning And Brave

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"I Googled South Park before I came here, and I cannot believe the shit you're getting away with! People claiming to be advocates of transgender rights, but really just wanting to use the women's bathroom... A white man who thinks he's Chinese and built a wall to keep out Mongolians... What the fuck is this?! Are you fucking kidding me?! I'm telling you all, this is done! Like it or not, PC is back, and it's bigger than ever!" (mimics police siren) "You hear that?! That's the sound of 2015 pulling you over, people! Suck it!" (Mic Drop)
PC Principal

After Principal Victoria is fired, a new person, PC Principal, takes her place and is determined to make South Park a more "politically correct" environment.

Stunning and Brave includes examples of:

  • Angry White Man: PC Principal and the PC bros are an inversion. They're perpetually angry, hang out in a circle-jerk group and cry about oppression, but instead of being outraged over women, ethnics and minority groups having any privilege they're angry over straight white cis-gendered men having the privilege.
  • Animesque: Kyle's Battle-Interrupting Shout.
  • Asian Drivers: Weaponized by Cartman during his attack on the PC guys.
  • Asshole Victim: Cartman: he was beaten up, though not for his attempted frame of PC Principal, but for being politically incorrect.
  • As You Know: When Mr. Mackey mentions an incident the previous week where a student referred to rape as a "hot Cosby".
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  • The Bad Guy Wins: PC Principal ends up staying as the principal of South Park Elementary and Kyle is forced to comply with him.
  • Bathroom Brawl: PC Principal attacks Cartman in the faculty bathroom when the latter uses the term "spokesman" instead of "spokesperson".
    PC Principal: Did you just say "spokesman" instead of "spokesperson", when women are just as capable of selling sandwiches as ANYONE!? (shoves Cartman into the mirror)
  • Battle-Interrupting Shout: Cartman attacks the PC fraternity with 200 pregnant Mexican women, tacos, an untold number of Syrian refugee children, Jared Fogle, and Chinese drivers to "avenge" Kyle for their horrible treatment of him and his views of Caitlyn Jenner, (although this is really just a cover in order for Cartman to use stereotypes to "start a dialogue") until Kyle runs in screaming "STOP!" so loudly it echoes throughout town.
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  • Call-Back: When PC Principal tells Randy and the last pledges about checking one's privilege, he rants about Brett Favre's limp clap when everyone cheered for Caitlyn Jenner at the ESPY Awards. When Kyle finally capitulates to the public opinion of Caitlyn Jenner, we see a clip of the ESPY Awards, complete with Favre's limp clap.
  • Chickification: Cartman of all people gives up and decides to go PC because he was beaten up by PC Principal. Remember, this is the same kid who fed a kid his dead parents for humiliating him. He snaps out of it in the end.
  • Comically Missing the Point:
    • When PC Principal brings up that Liu Kim is a white guy who thinks he's Chinese and built a wall against the Mongolians, his only reaction is that of complaining against the Mongolians.
    • PC Principal is completely oblivious to the fact that Cartman is trying to frame him.
  • Continuity Nod: During PC Principal's rant towards South Park, he references The Return of Chef, City Sushi, Child Abduction Is Not Funny, The Cissy and any episode they've used the word "retarded".
  • Downer Ending: By the end of the episode, Kyle is mentally broken and the town has conformed to PC Culture.
  • Evil Is Petty: VERY much so. PC Principal gives Kyle two weeks detention just for saying Caitlyn Jenner is not a hero to him. He starts going even more apeshit when Gerald says Bruce instead of Caitlyn. He also gives Butters and Mr. Mackey (the school counselor) detention just for trying to point something out.
  • Frat Bro: PC Principal is characterized as this. When he meets like-minded individuals who act just like him, they form a fraternity called "Rho Omega Delta". note 
  • George Lucas Altered Version: During the episode's original airing, when the PC guys stop Jared Fogle, Cartman exclaims, "All right! The Syrian refugees are trying to protect their children!" followed by two cars crashing into each other. One of the PC guys falls off the balcony, leading Cartman to observe, "There's still too many PC guys on the balcony and— oh..." as he notices Kyle. In subsequent airings, the latter line is removed, the first line is placed after the PC guy falls, and a new line was put in to bring context to the cars: "Jared needs backup. Send in the Chinese drivers!" Yes, once again the Aesop of "Free Hat" is broken.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: This may be the worst time that Cartman has ever been beaten up. Though it technically occurs just below the screen, there are still fists flying and his blood splattering. Also, his injuries stay during the rest of the episode.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Almost everything pisses PC Principal off and he immediately starts screaming his head off, including beating the shit out of Cartman.
  • Hypocrite: Since the PC fraternity are based off SJWs, this was bound to occur. The biggest example would include checking Kyle's white/male privilege, conveniently ignoring the fact that he's Jewish, and thus would know a bit about being historically oppressed. Not to mention the entire fraternity is made up of college white men despite all their talk about diversity.
  • Initiation Ceremony: At the end of the episode, Randy becomes a PC Bro, due to the other PC Bros mistaking Cartman's attack on the fraternity as Randy's attempt to check Kyle's privilege. He becomes a full-fledged PC Bro and receives a pair of Oakleys.
  • In Medias Res: Principal Victoria has been already been fired when the episode starts.
  • Ironic Echo: At the beginning of the episode, when Kyle learns that Cartman got detention for four days for his un-PC behavior, he comments that he's glad that Cartman isn't doing anything about it. "These things do matter, and I already feel better to be at a school where we can start to have a dialogue and talk about this stuff." At the end of the episode, after Cartman's attack on the PC guys forces Kyle to change his opinion on Caitlyn Jenner, Cartman says, "At least we showed [PC Principal] that sometimes joking about un-PC things can actually be important because it starts a dialogue."
  • Irony: Kyle, one of the most PC characters on the show, gets the brunt of the PC Bros' wrath.
  • Jerkass: PC Principal, BIG TIME.
  • Jerk Jock: PC Principal and all of the other "PC Bros" are this.
  • Karma Houdini: PC Principal gets away with his crimes in the end, despite beating the shit out of Cartman, intimidating the whole school, and giving detentions for petty reasons.
  • Malicious Slander / "The Reason You Suck" Speech: PC Principal's speech to South Park Elementary is a massive rant about how politically incorrect the town (or, in a meta example, show) is. Even though he did have a few good points (such as faking being transgender in order to use a different bathroom), a large chunk of the stuff he said was exaggerated, if not outright lies. Things such as claiming that the events of "Child Abduction Is Not Funny" was being racist against Mongolians (it was to keep out child abductors) and that they forced Chef to sing soul songs to the point that he committed suicide (which anyone who's seen Chef and the episode "The Return of Chef" would know is not true).
  • Mandatory Line: Kenny only has one line of dialogue in this episode: "Really?"
  • Moral Myopia: PC Principal puts Caitlyn Jenner on a pedestal and tells random people to check their privilege, ignoring the fact that Caitlyn Jenner has fame, fortune, and is adored by the media while the majority of South Park's populations are complete nobodies with modest lives.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Cartman receives his second one since Breast Cancer Show Ever. It's arguably worse than with Wendy here since PC Principal is an adult.
  • No-Sell: Cartman tries to have PC Principal framed for child molestation as payback for the unjust detentions. It gets turned on him just because he said "capisce" and "spokesman", and he got the shit kicked out of him.
  • Not So Different: As a meta-joke. Considering that social justice warriors loathe the whole "dude-bro frat guy/toxic masculinity" culture, what better way than to portray them as overly masculine dude-bro frat guys that they hate? They practically act the same way: they hide behind a set of ideals and use them to prop themselves up as institutions for cultivating values, while it's actually a glorified status symbol that they use in order to belittle others. May have been inspired by comparison pictures of a frat house with banners saying things like "drop off your daughters if they like anal", which got shit, and a sorority with similar banners which didn't.
  • Opinion-Changing Dream: Cartman has a nightmare where he's Tom Brady, his coach, and his commissioner, all talking about breaking the rules. He wakes up and declares that he's changing his ways. Of course, by the end of the episode, he's back to his usual self.
  • Person as Verb: When the boys inspire Cartman to stand up against PC Principal, he responds, "You're right, guys. I'm gonna Tom Brady this thing!"
  • Political Correctness Gone Mad: It's an episode focused on taking a piss on social justice warriors; this trope was a given! What's noteworthy is that the PC crowd aren't composed of any groups that have a history of oppression, making it clear that it's not their message that needs to be attacked, but the way it's executed.
    • The entire fraternity was so desperate to be politically correct to the point of bullying Kyle for having the "wrong" opinion.
  • Rant-Inducing Slight: Any and all forms of political incorrectness cause PC Principal to tremble with repressed fury, if go on a violent rampage.
  • Ripped from the Headlines: Let's see... Deflategate, the Bill Cosby sexual assault charges (again), the Jared Fogle child molestation and child porn charges, the European migrant crisis, the anchor baby controversy...this tends to happen at the beginning of new seasons, as Trey Parker and Matt Stone try to parody everything they've missed in the last ten months.
  • Skewed Priorities: PC Principal could not give less of a shit that Cartman is trying to frame him for child molestation... but immediately flies into a rage and gives Cartman a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown when he says "capisce" at the end of his threat, thus committing the "microaggression" of associating Italians with intimidation tactics. He gets even angrier when Cartman calls Jared from Subway a "spokesman" instead of "spokesperson".
  • Stock Footage: When the town cheers Kyle for finally saying that Caitlyn Jenner is a hero, there is brief live-action footage of the audience cheering for Caitlyn Jenner from the ESPY Awards.
  • Take That!:
    • Mainly against social justice warriors and their go-to tactic of "no bad tactics, just bad targets" bullying to get what they want. Like their real-life counterparts, they succeed too.
      • And their habit of ignoring real issues such as child molestation charges, and focusing on perceived ones such as not calling Jenner a hero.
    • Tom Brady and the whole "Deflategate" debacle. Especially the fact that he came out of that shitstorm a winner.
      • Brady's wife, Gisele Bündchen, saying she looks like a man.
    • Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner over the fact that she killed someone in a car wreck and was justifiably vilified by the press for practically getting away with it, only for it to get swept under the rug when she came out as a male-to-female transgender and regaled as "a hero".
  • Title Drop: While the fathers are hanging out at Crunchy's Micro Brew, and Gerald mentions the Caitlyn Jenner incident at school, Stephen comments, "Oh, Caitlyn Jenner. She's a hero. She is Stunning and Brave."
  • Token Minority: Discussed during PC Principal's introduction, when he notes the lack of Hispanic kids and other racial and ethnic minorities. Mr. Mackey argues that they do have a black student named Token... and is immediately sentenced to two days of detention by PC Principal.
  • Verbal Tic: Whenever seen with a microphone, PC Principal always holds it close enough to his mouth that he "pops" all of his consonants just to sound extra-annoying.
  • White Guilt: Randy after joining the fraternity. What makes it funnier is that he's nursing a hangover and trying not to puke. He actually does at one point.
  • Would Hurt a Child: PC Principal puts Cartman in the hospital after brutally assaulting him in the faculty bathroom.


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