Never thought I'd get a chance to talk about South Park in a blog post but here we go! So, South Park's most recent episode took a jab at the vaping community and not the way I would have expected them to.
South Park Provides Misconception in the Form of "Satire"
Don't get me wrong, I have no problems with South Park or their style of humor. If I wasn't running a blog on my own business' site, I would be more satirical. That being said, there's a difference between satire and blatant misconception. This episode of South Park did a little of both.
The biggest thing it did for me was solidify how much Trey Parker and Matt Stone love pot. The episode centers around an epidemic of vape pens at the school and randy moving his family to upstate Colorado to grow weed on a weed farm. Randy calls his farm Tegridy Farms, for integrity. Because there's integrity in growing pot but not in vaping.
Not Like a Normal South Park Episode
Over the years, Matt Stone and Trey Parker have done a very good job blurring the lines of both sides of an argument. They make fun of republicans just as much as democrats, they make fun of all religions, etc. This episode was different though. This whole episode just felt like a promotion to smoke pot and an anti-vape commercial about kids vaping.
I was expecting there to be more pungent points about vaping being a benefit to society and a tool to help smokers transition away from cigarettes. But there was none of that. If anything, it made you think that vapor companies are just as scummy as the Big Tobacco companies were of yesteryear.
Where's your Integrity?
10 years ago, it was easier to buy pot (as a kid) than it was to buy cigarettes and booze. I'm being very general when I say that, it wasn't this way in all towns and cities. Where was the integrity then? I'm sure anyone can immediately think of that one kid who was the pot dealer for the school. Someone was supplying that kid with the pot, where was the integrity for that guy giving it to the kid in school to sell to the other kids? This episode also never implies that kids smoke pot, it's just vape that's a problem in school. Like, really guys? You're not that stupid, are you?
10 years ago, kids being moved to a pot farm and wearing marijuana shirts would have been outrageous. Now, no one even batted an eye at the thought. Why do they show a marijuana grower as having integrity but not to a vape manufacturer making a product and selling it? Those manufacturers never advertised to kids.
5 Buck Chuck has never advertised to kids. Nor will it ever do so. So, why are we being drug through the mud about something we've never done? It's weird, marijuana was demonized by so many people for so long and now that it's starting to get legalized, pot smokers are suddenly on their high horse (all puns intended) saying they have integrity but vaping companies don't?
One final point, Randy is seen giving is family "hemp" laced food, including his 2 kids. That would have made front page news a few years ago! How does Randy have integrity letting his young children smoke/eat pot? According to Colorado law, it's illegal for people under 21 to consume marijuana or THC. It's all just very hypocritical. And before everyone jumps on me in the comments, If weed is legal in your state or country, it's your prerogative to do it, as long as you are of age. I have no problem with marijuana, I have a problem with the hypocrisy of it all.
Overall, this was yet another shot at the vaping community, coming from a source that was thought to shed a positive light on vaping and everything vaping can be. But instead, all we got was another slam piece about the misconceptions of vapor products and the straight up slander on the names of vape companies (like mine) that make a product and ethically market it to adults NOT kids.