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Recap / South Park S 6 E 14 The Death Camp Of Tolerance

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Mr. Garrison is rehired as a fourth grade teacher, but then learns that if he gets fired for being gay, he could sue for millions. He attempts to get himself fired by preforming sexual acts in front of the students with the help of his new "teaching assistant" Mr. Slave. Instead of having the desired effect, he is instead applauded as courageous and brave, while the kids complaining about his behaviour are accused of being homophobic.

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This episode includes examples of:

  • An Aesop: Being overly tolerant is just as bad as being intolerant. Also that preaching tolerance isn't the answer because you can tolerate something you hate; the answer is preaching acceptance.
  • Artistic License – Biology: Lemmiwinks' journey; apparently Gerbils Can Breathe In Intestines. Not to mention this would be a bad idea in the first place because real rodents bite a lot when frightened.
  • Ass Shove: Mr. Garrison stuffed Lemmiwinks up Mr. Slave's ass.
  • Bait the Dog: Cartman find two girls hiding in a latrine at the Auschwitz-like tolerance camp. He doesn't divulge their location to a passing by security guard who questions what he's doing...so that he can take a dump on the girls. And then he goes to tattle on them anyway.
  • Boomerang Bigot: Principal Victoria sends Mr. Garrison and Mr. Slave to Tolerance Camp at the end of the episode, accusing them of being intolerant of their own homosexuality, though this is just an excuse since during his angry rant on stage, Mr. Garrison accidentally revealed his plan to get fired on purpose and sue the school for millions.
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  • Break the Cutie: The boys are clearly shaken and emaciated from their experience in the tolerance camp, and can only silently stare at their parents when they come to pick them up.
  • Comically Missing the Point: The boys are made to walk down a sort of bigotry simulator, where racist words like "kike" and "nigger" are randomly shouted at them to better understand what it's like to not be tolerated. Cartman, being Cartman, treats it like an amusement park ride and gleefully asks his mother if he can go again when it's over.
  • Delayed Reaction: After 2 seasons of not seeing the joke of Miss Choksondik's name, the kids finally see it.
  • Depraved Homosexual: Mr. Garrison and Mr. Slave intentionally turn this trope Up to Eleven, since Mr. Garrison is trying to get himself fired.
  • Foreshadowing: This episode is about tolerance and open-mindedness. There are many politically correct terms thrown around when the kids visit the Tolerance Museum. We'll be seeing this sort of political correctness on steroids in Season 19.
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  • Hypocrite: The parents scold their kids for being intolerant towards others, only to harass a nearby man for smoking and telling him to kill himself.
  • I Resemble That Remark!: Garrison quickly agrees with Chef when the latter refers to him as a sick queer.
  • Irony: The titular tolerance camp is modeled after Auschwitz and run by very Nazi-like German staff.
  • Jerkass: Mr. Garrison tried to get fired by making the kids feel uncomfortable so he can get $25 million.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Mr. Garrison gets sent to tolerance camp at the end.
  • Never My Fault: At the end, the parents blame the kids for not telling them how Mr. Garrison was acting but they tried to, but the parents kept insisting they were intolerant. And for making the parents suffer.
  • Only Sane Man: Chef is the only adult who understands that the kids aren't being intolerant towards gay people because they are uncomfortable with Mr. Garrison's teaching methods. He puts it very nicely.
    Chef: Children, there's a big difference between gay people and Mr. Garrison.
  • Political Correctness Gone Mad: Why Mr. Garrison can't get fired despite doing wildly inappropriate things in front of children: nobody wants to be accused of discrimination for firing a gay man for any reason. And then there's the titular camp, a literal concentration camp that propagandizes correctness.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When Chef tries to call out Mr. Garrison on his "teaching methods", he's faced with an ultimatum of either apologizing for calling Garrison a sick queer in the process or going to a tolerance seminar. Without hesitation, he picks the seminar.
    Chef: Kiss my black ass.
  • Shout-Out: The Lemmiwinks subplot is one for The Hobbit. Specifically, the Lemmiwinks song is based on The Greatest Adventure from the the animated version.
  • Springtime for Hitler: Mr. Garrison can't get fired no matter how hard he tries. His behaviour only gets him praise, and even an award for his "courage".
  • Status Quo Is God: Mr. Garrison is the boys' teacher again after 2 seasons of either being unemployed or a kindergarten teacher.
  • You Keep Using That Word: Mr. Garrison tells everyone that they are treating the word 'tolerance' like its 'acceptance'.

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