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Recap / South Park S 7 E 8 South Park Is Gay

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Airdate: October 22, 2003

The metrosexual craze hits South Park, making sissies out of straight men, while Kyle, Mr. Slave, and Mr. Garrison fight back, as Kyle is getting bullied for not joining in and Mr. Slave and Mr. Garrison think the craze is stereotyping homosexual men who aren't Camp Gay.

"South Park is Gay!" contains examples of:

  • Bad Boss: Craig
  • Bait-and-Switch: The episode looks like it's about to end with Kyle ditching his friends for good as a result of everything he endured throughout the episode... only for Kyle to reluctantly rejoin them.
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  • Giant Enemy Crab / Ultraterrestrials: The Crab-People.
    "Crab People! Crab People! Taste like crab, walk like people!"
  • Hypocritical Humor: Gerald and Sheila are okay with the metrosexual craze until they see Kyle following the trend.
    • The second the metrosexual trend dies out, the boys all go back to casually using "fag."
  • Karma Houdini: Everyone went unpunished for beating up Kyle and although Kyle was upset with Stan, Kenny, and surprisingly Cartman, he easily forgives them, despite how mean they were to Kyle.
  • Mama Bear: Sheila wants to stop the metrosexual craze after Kyle gets beaten up for not being part of it.
  • Noodle Incident: The Crab-People tried to take over before using The Jeffersons.
  • Parody Assistance: The cast of Queer Eye For The Straight Guy saw the episode before it aired on TV. They loved it and allowed their show's theme to be used.
  • Rule of Three: At three different points in this episode, a character gets an idea on how to deal with the metrosexual fad and exclaims, "I know what I/we must do!"
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  • Shout-Out: "Out of the malls and into the streets!"
  • Skewed Priorities: The men are too worried about messing up their looks than stopping the fire.
  • Soft Glass: Averted, Mr. Slave is severely hurt by breaking through the window by both the force of hitting the glass and being impaled by glass shards.
  • Stop Being Stereotypical: Or rather, "Stop Being A Stereotypical Version of A Culture You're Not A Part Of." South Park's gay community quickly becomes frustrated by straight men co-opting the most unflattering aspects of their culture.
  • They Know Too Much: When Mr. Garrison realize the Queer Eye guys aren't gay, they're forced to reveal themselves to Garrison, Mr. Slave, and Kyle, and captured them for digging too deep.
  • We Want Our Jerk Back: At first, the wives enjoy their husbands' metrosexual mannerisms, but soon tire of their inflated egos and being too scared of ruining their good looks.
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  • With Friends Like These...: Stan, Cartman and Kenny leave Kyle to get beaten up for not being metrosexual.


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