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Recap / South Park S 8 E 8 Douche and Turd

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After PETA attacks the school for having a cow as a mascot, the school decides to hold an election for a new mascot. The boys tamper with the votes to get 2 mascots on the ballot, Giant Douche and Turd Sandwich. Stan's refusal to vote for either results in extreme consequences.

Douche And Turd contains examples of:

  • Aluminum Christmas Trees: P. Diddy's "Vote or Die' campaign was real, seriously, though it is no longer active
  • An Aesop:
    • Don't pressure people to vote in elections especially when they refuse to vote.
      • Also if you want to get them to vote, try empathy rather than coercion.
    • Elections are always between terrible candidates. They're the only kind of people who suck up enough to make it far in politics.
  • Animal Wrongs Group: PETA of course.
  • Ax-Crazy: P. Diddy tried to kill Stan for not voting, and murdered a bunch of PETA members for splashing him with blood.
  • Bait-and-Switch: When PETA finds Stan tied to a horse with a bucket over his head, they rush to help the poor, lonely, abandoned thing...and yell at Stan to get off the abused animal already!
  • Bestiality Is Depraved: The PETA village must really love animals, to the point that one of them has had sex with an ostrich and conceived a child. The resulting abomination is desperately begging Stan to kill it.
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  • Blunt "Yes": When Mr. Garrison announces the school will be electing a new mascot, Stan protests that if they bend to PETA's demand because of their harassment, it's like letting the terrorists win. Garrison simply replies that, yes, the terrorists won.
  • Call-Back: P. Diddy continues the trend set in "There Goes The Neighborhood" of rappers talking in a posh accent when not actively rapping.
  • Cruel Mercy: P. Diddy kills everyone at the PETA compound except the half ostrich baby who was begging to be put down.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: P. Diddy and his goons gun down all of the PETA members with ease.
  • Disproportionate Retribution:
    • Stan gets beaten up, expelled, banished, and nearly killed just for not wanting to vote for a giant douche or turd sandwich.
    • P. Diddy kills the entire PETA compound just because one member threw blood/red pant on him.
  • Double Standard: Wendy points out that if using a cow as a mascot is offensive, then using a Redskin or an Indian as the new mascot should be too. Mr. Garrison, then tells her it's okay because PETA cares about animals not people.
    • Kyle's deeds of almost having Stan killed by Puff Daddy so he can get his vote for his candidate and getting even madder at him for voting for Cartman's candidate would have been punished if Cartman or a bad character had done them, but it is the resident Smart Guy we're talking about, so he's guaranteed to do it and get off scot-free.
  • Half-Breed Angst: Played for Laughs when it is revealed that members of PETA frequently have intercourse with animals, resulting in Half Human Hybrids; one of them, which seems to be part-ostrich, pleads to passersbies to kill him.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: The ostrich-human baby, and it's begging for someone to Mercy Kill it.
  • Irony: It's PETA, of all people, who calmly tell Stan why he should vote even if the candidates are terrible.
  • Landslide Election: The end results of the election are thirty-six votes for Turd Sandwich and one-thousand, four-hundred and ten votes for Giant Douche.
  • Karma Houdini:
    • Everyone in South Park. They bully and eventually banish Stan just because he refuses to vote (his family and best friend included), never answer for it, eventually get what they want when Stan gives in to vote, and even get to use their old mascot again once PETA is killed off.
    • Kyle is the biggest example in this episode, due to almost having Stan killed by Puff Daddy so he can get his vote for his candidate and getting even madder at him for voting for Cartman's candidate and getting away with it because he's the Smart Guy.
    • P. Diddy. He threatens and tries to kill Stan, murders dozens of people, and gets away with it.
  • Neutrality Backlash: Stan is exiled from South Park on a horse while wearing a bucket for not wanting to vote for either potential mascot.
  • Nominated As A Prank: The top two choices for mascots (the Giant Douche and Turd Sandwich) were both put forward by the students as jokes due to finding the other options boring.
  • Oh, Crap!: The PETA member after seeing P. Diddy wasn't intimidated after being splashed with blood/red paint.
  • Pet the Dog: While PETA is portrayed as a maniacal Animal Wrongs Group who care more about animals than people, they do at least take Stan in for a time and treat him with much more respect than everyone in South Park.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Cartman is much nicer to Stan than Kyle is, offering to protect him from the violence Kyle is threatening to bring down if Stan doesn't do what he wants. It has less to do with Cartman being a good guy and more to do with him knowing you attract flies better with honey than vinegar, and Stan sees through it immediately.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • What do the animals that PETA was ferociously protective of do when the PETA members are killed? Continue to eat grass, walk around, and defecate without any concern for what just happened.
    • Stan's vote does not determine the winner. The Giant Douche was winning by a landslide before he arrived, and a single vote at the end for the Turd Sandwich doesn't change that at all.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: When not talking about protecting animals or trying to convince Stan to have a relationship with his 'niece', The PETA leader is the only adult who actually talks with Stan about why he should vote, rather than just tell him that he 'has' to.
  • Serious Business: The whole town ostracizes Stan and banishes him just because he didn't want to take part in an election for a new school mascot. Likewise, when Diddy says "Vote or Die," he means he'll kill you if you don't vote.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: By the end of the episode, all of PETA is dead, South Park can easily go back to being the Cows, and the election is called off, meaning all the grief the town put Stan through was for nothing, and neither was his caving to them with his last-minute vote.
    Randy: Now your vote didn't matter.
  • Straw Hypocrite: Kyle continually stresses the importance of the right to vote to Stan and goes so far as to get P. Diddy to threaten him. Of course, he was only doing it because he assumed Stan would vote for his and Kenny's mascot and tries to make him change it when Stan votes for the other one.
  • Take That!:
    • Towards PETA depicting them as zoophiliacs who care more about harmless issues like using animals as mascots than actual issues.
    • And to tactical voters who attack and shame people that choose not to vote due to their lack of faith in the election process.
  • Too Dumb to Live: P. Diddy and his crew show up on the PETA compound pointing guns towards Stan so what does a PETA member do? Throws blood on P. Diddy for wearing animal fur. Do we really need to say what happens next?
  • Tranquil Fury: P. Diddy's expression when he was hit with the blood didn't change, but he did respond with massive retaliation.
  • With Friends Like These...: Kyle like everyone else, gives Stan endless shit for not voting, then refusing to let him vote for turd sandwich and trying to force him to vote for giant douche. He even goes so far as to bring P. Diddy in to intimidate Stan into voting for his candidate, and goes along with banishing him.

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