- Acceptable Political Targets: This episode focus on not just PETA but also take a big jab on people who keep voting Democrat and Republican as Ax-Crazy or religiously fanatical on how they force apolitical voters like Stan to vote for "Democracy".
- Moral Event Horizon: Principal Victoria crosses it with her actions taken on Stan for him not wanting to vote in the school presidential election. Rather than just suspending him, she sentences him to banishment from the entire town. Just because he doesn't want to vote between a douche and a turd. He eventually caves for a given reason later, but this was still extremely strict given how out of proportion it was.
- Strawman Has a Point: Their fanaticism towards animal rights aside, PETA are the only people who agree with Stan about what a farce the election process is.
- Values Resonance: The moral of the episode (elections are always between a douche and a turd) became even more relevant during the 2016 election between Donald Trump and Hillary Rodham Clinton, the candidates with the highest unfavorable ratings in US historynote . Matt and Trey even brought the joke back during the Season 20 premiere.
YMMV / South Park S 8 E 8 Douche and Turd