Word has it the Ron Paul campaign will get a nice sized shot of publicity in the arm from South Park’s long-time libertarian creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone (check out HoT’s almost creepy love for them). Here’s an early sneak peak of Ron Paul in cartoon form that was floating around with the rumor (which looks legit):
We’ve also heard Rick Santorum makes an appearance in the episode called “Faith Hilling“. I’m guessing that has something to do with faith healing as a story told by the troupe of fourth graders, in the most tongue in
butthole cheek manner possible.
Update: Confirmed, looks like all the GOP candidates will be under the South Park microscope.
It seems the only hint we get about the storyline is this short blurb, “Mankind’s evolution begins to accelerate at a rapid and disturbing pace. Concurrently, another species on the planet is exhibiting the same drastic development. Eventually the two species will battle to the death and ‘Faith Hilling’ may be humanity’s only hope.”
Update II: I’m not 100% sure, but I’d venture to say the episode title means country singer Faith Hill will also be making an appearance in what is sure to be a religiously charged episode. The verb-“ing” of her name seems to be a nod to the Tim Tebow phenomenon (“tebowing” is taking a knee and praying), so I’m throwing it out there for anyone looking for clues to grasp at before it airs.
Update III: It aired, but suffice to say there are no endorsements. The GOP debate cameos at the beginning and end were clever teases that tie in hilariously. One new meme we’d like to see more of is this “reporting”.
On the other hand, that cat was saying “Olong Johnson” which sounds like “Go long, Johnson”. Is that an endorsement for Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson as leader of the cat uprising? Yeah, I’m sure he wishes.
Update IV: Faith Hilling demonstrated, in case anyone is still wondering. Yes, they look stupid.
Update V: Faith Hilling + pandering = what else is new? I fully expect Santorum or Gingrich or Romney to actually do this IRL now. More likely their campaigns will be photobombed.
For those with poor reading comprehension, here’s a second link to the South Park episode.
Update VI: From the Ron Paul forums, Sozu tells us the punchline, “The message I got out of it was Ron Paul is the latest fad (Oh Long Johnson-ing), and he’s taking over the world like the cats, and whoever tries to black him out will be run over by an oncoming train.” Ron Paul was the meme all along! *head explodes*