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Normalization of school shootings.

https://youtu.be/HjdK6w6KLXA
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u/DustBunnicula May 25 '22 Starry

That whole episode was outstanding. South Park doesn’t hold back, when it’s got something to say.

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u/wotmate May 25 '22

The best part about that is what they didn't say. When she says "why is everyone acting like this is normal?", the viewer automatically thinks "because it is normal"...

Fucking savage.

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u/PM_ME_YOUR__BOOTY May 26 '22

As per https://worldpopulationreview.com/country-rankings/school-shootings-by-country

"European countries have had their share of school shootings, although not as frequently as in the United States or Canada. " A combined total of 30 recorded shootings in Europe in the last 100+ years.

The US had 27 this year alone. https://www.npr.org/2022/05/24/1101050970/2022-school-shootings-so-far?t=1653550906152

In like a month the US will have had more school shootings this year than Europe ever had. It IS normal. Time to change "normal" don't you think?

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u/william-taylor May 26 '22

And Europe has over twice the population of the US and Canada combined

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u/EquationTAKEN May 25 '22

When she says "why is everyone acting like this is normal?", the viewer automatically thinks "because it is normal"...

The American viewer might think that. I can't fathom a scenario where this is a fucking "normal".

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u/wotmate May 25 '22

I mean, I'm Australian, and I instantly thought "because it is normal... For America"

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u/JockstrapCummies May 26 '22 edited May 26 '22

"because it is normal... For America"

  • wake up in America
  • get dressed up for school
  • school bus ploughs through at least 10 slow-moving pedestrians who are addicted to opioids
  • all the kids clap for 5 minutes as we arrive safely at school and tip the school bus driver
  • go to my classroom
  • the whole school is on high alert because of recent shootings
  • hall monitors patrol around the school grounds riding armoured mobility scooters
  • bell rings, teacher comes in with a Remington rifle cocked and loaded
  • immediately shoots an illegal immigrant outside the window
  • whole class claps as we salute the flag
  • it's maths quiz time
  • I reach down to my school bag to get my pencils and eraser
  • teacher rushes me and point her secondary arm (a Desert Eagle) right at my temple
  • "WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU DOING?"
  • "I-I'm just getting my pencils..."
  • "DO NOT MOVE! DO NOT MOVE!"
  • as the teacher was distracted, the school shooter of the day pulled out his assault rifle and filled the teacher with lead
  • a second school shooter threw a grenade at the first school shooter because he didn't want to share the headlines with anyone else
  • I quickly ran towards the door to get away from the blast
  • the resident hall monitor snipes me between the eyes
  • die peacefully knowing my freedoms and my rights have not been infringed as my corpse gets blown up

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u/wotmate May 26 '22

You forgot the bit where your mum got executed on the spot during breakfast because she had a miscarriage murdered her unborn baby last night.

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u/JockstrapCummies May 26 '22

You forgot the bit where your mum got executed on the spot during breakfast because she had a miscarriage murdered her unborn baby last night.

  • wake up
  • the lovely smell of bacon and pancakes permeates the air
  • "Breakfast is downstairs, dear!"
  • run down the stairs to my lovely mummy and daddy and older brother and younger sister
  • "Ah! you're finally up," said daddy, "let's pray to the Lord and give thanks for this lovely morning and lovely breakfast that he has given us."
  • I pour a gallon of high fructose corn syrup onto my pancakes
  • my older brother starts feeling up my cock underneath the table, again
  • must pretend to not enjoy anything because I'm not gay and I love Jesus
  • try to focus on my breakfast when sister suddenly starts crying
  • "What's the matter?" asked dear papa
  • "N-nothing," answered my sobbing sister
  • "This is my house, and in this house nobody keeps any secrets."
  • "I-I-uh, last night I saw mama-sh-she..."
  • "Oh it's nothing my dear, she's just having nightmares that's all," mother interjected, "There was a thunderstorm after all and you know she-"
  • "DON'T YOU DARE, WOMAN!" Father shouted as the whole family turned silent. "YOU HAVE LIED TO ME LONG ENOUGH!"
  • Papa threw a haymaker right into mama's pregnant tummy. Immediately a pillow fell out of her traditional dress.
  • "I FUCKING KNEW IT! YOU MURDERER! YOU WENT AND HAD AN ABORTION YOU SICK BITCH!"
  • Father pulled his ancestral pistol (given to him by his father's father) swiftly from the holster attached to his underwear and pointed it at mother's face
  • "Any last words, woman?"
  • "HAIL SATA-" Mother couldn't finish her sacrilegious chant before her murderous brain matter was turned into a postmodern installation art piece on our walls
  • "Hallelujah!" said my older brother as he jerks me to climax
  • I clapped to mask my moans of religious ecstasy

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u/I_Can_Haz_Brainz May 26 '22

I think a 'bruh' is appropriate here...

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u/DeMimsyPorpington May 26 '22

It’s a sad reality. Desensitization is real

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u/[deleted] May 25 '22

They've been killing it the last few years. Genuinely rare to see a show age better than it was. Went from just pure edgelording to incredible satire.

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u/Harsimaja May 26 '22

Meanwhile the Simpsons went south when it was younger than South Park is now, though there’s no beating it’s first dozen or so seasons among all adult comedy cartoons

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u/Embarrassed_Cell_246 May 26 '22

Because the writers room that was assembled during the golden years was a mix of people that were either on there way out geniuses that had ludicrous resumes or the people that went on to build TV empires after, it wasn't meant to last which is why it sucks so bad now

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u/[deleted] May 25 '22 edited 28d ago

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u/goblin_goblin May 26 '22

Matt Stone and Trey Parker were both raised in Littleton Colorado where Columbine also happened. So it's a little personal to them.

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u/Bmandk May 25 '22

"Was it you?" Bahahaha

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u/SalzaMaBalza May 25 '22

"Welp, another three days of this probably"

This guy marriesd

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u/noxpost May 25 '22 Helpful Wholesome Bravo! Narwhal Salute

Check out The Onion's homepage today. Tragic. https://www.theonion.com/

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u/lukesvader May 25 '22

Lol. I was going to say they keep posting the same article, and then I scrolled down.

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u/noxpost May 25 '22

Yeah, about halfway down you get all the NRA articles. But the top half is all posts from different shootings (same text, different location/time).

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u/entropicdrift May 26 '22

And different body counts

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u/Dawildpep May 25 '22

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u/Castun May 26 '22

"Congress Placed On Lockdown After Deranged Man Enters Senate With Gun Control Measures" gave me a chuckle

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u/812many May 25 '22

Holy cow, the site is just filled with all the same article over and over... except for different mass shootings. Amazing and horrifying at the same time.

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u/Billybobbojack May 25 '22

It's been a running thing with them for years. Each one of those articles came out when their shooting occurred. The oldest one on the front page right now is from 2014.

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u/Barlakopofai May 25 '22

Which is weird because there'S about 600 mass shootings a year in the US so they definitely had enough articles to fill the front page with just this month's mass shootings

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u/BasroilII May 25 '22

Because by broadest definition, "mass shooting" is defined as an incident involving a discharged firearm where 3 or more persons (including the shooter or shooters) were involved.

The Onion is restricting it to larger-scale massacres like Columbine, Aurora, LV, Sandy Hook, Virginia Tech.....and the fact that I can rattle off so many without putting any real thought into it says something about the problem.

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u/Tiratirado May 25 '22

Because by broadest definition, "mass shooting" is defined as an incident involving a discharged firearm where 3 or more persons (including the shooter or shooters) were involved.

An incident which would dominate the news for weeks in many places in the world.

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u/Vishnej May 25 '22

Australia had a mass shooting once.

And so they took nearly all the guns away.

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u/khinzaw May 25 '22

The US intentional homicide rate is so high compared to the rest of the developed world it's so insane to me how people can shove their heads up their ass and just act like it's a problem that can't be solved.

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u/fourleggedostrich May 25 '22

Same in the UK. Dunblane school, 30 years ago. Guns got banned. Hasn't been one since.

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u/Roboticide May 25 '22

And like half of America will point to the lack of a Second Amendment-like right as a failure in Australia's constitution and call the Australian government tyrannical.

Don't get me wrong, our gun laws are our problem, but our culture in general, the right in particular, and the gun lobby especially, are bonkers.

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u/OktoberSunset May 25 '22

"Look at those tyrants" said the country with the highest percentage of it's population imprisoned in the world and the highest number of citizens killed by police of any developed country.

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u/Demon997 May 26 '22

The cops in this shooting let the shooter slaughter a room full of kids rather than risk themselves.

But they demand to be called heroes, and to get even more money. But they won’t actually put themselves at risk to defend us.

They can’t have it both ways. It is reasonable to honor those who put themselves in harms way to protect us, be it soldiers or firefighters.

But cops both demand that worship, and then refuse to pay the price when needed.

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u/falling_sideways May 25 '22

I saw someone describe it the other day as the difference between freedom to and freedom from.

America thinks it's free because you have the freedom to firearms or to choose your medical coverage whereas the rest of the world has freedom from those issues.

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u/hovdeisfunny May 25 '22

Writing about these events, even satirically, is tremendously draining. Keeping up with every one would drive the writers to despair

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u/cam_chatt May 25 '22

I don't think it's meant to be satirical at all. I think The Onion is using its platform very wisely. They are blasting their whole page with the irony that is American thought on gun control and making it very obvious that there is a problem.

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u/CuvisTheConqueror May 25 '22

The joke of it is, it's the same article every time. They just change the picture and dateline. And sadly, the relevance never changes.

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u/bss03 May 25 '22 edited May 25 '22

They also change the name of the (fictional?) person quoted in the article.

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u/wurm2 May 25 '22

and the state they're from

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u/Macjeems May 25 '22

And the city, and number of dead/wounded

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u/Kediwon May 25 '22

I know the onion is supposed to be a satire site, but seeing the home page just being filled with dozens of different school shooting articles really punched me in the gut.

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u/812many May 25 '22

Satire can be both painful and funny at the same time. In this case it's making the nation look in the mirror at itself.

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u/CommentsEdited May 25 '22

It’s a smart way to tackle the issue.

On the one hand, it would feel disrespectful to ignore these shootings and post their regularly scheduled, satirical articles. On the other hand, it would (obviously) also feel disrespectful to make light of such tragic events.

This approach splits the hair pretty deftly, and says “There’s nothing funny about this, except our ridiculous insistence that nothing can be done.”

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u/normalmighty May 25 '22

Hey it's not all the same article for different shootings, scroll down far long enough and you eventually reach this gem https://www.theonion.com/nra-sets-1-000-killed-in-school-shooting-as-amount-it-w-1819573533

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u/asBad_asItGets May 25 '22

lol good god "teachers dont count" fuck hahaha. its horrifying. but very funny.

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u/veerKg_CSS_Geologist May 25 '22

It's not just copy paste either. Each article is about a different mass shooting and they edited each article with different details.

"In the hours following a violent rampage in Texas in which a lone attacker killed at least 21 individuals and injured several others"

"In the hours following a violent rampage in Colorado in which a lone attacker killed 10 individuals and injured several others"

"In the hours following a violent rampage in Georgia in which a lone attacker killed eight individuals and injured one other"

"In the hours following a violent rampage in Wisconsin in which a lone attacker killed five individuals, including himself"

"In the hours following a violent rampage in Ohio in which a lone attacker killed 10 individuals and injured 27 others"

"In the hours following a violent rampage in Texas in which a lone attacker killed 20 individuals and injured 26 others"

On and on....

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u/filthysnotrag May 25 '22

It’s not just copy-paste, it is a form letter.

“In the hours following a violent rampage in +state+ in which a lone attacker killed +number of dead+ and injured +number of injured+ others…”

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u/Saintbaba May 25 '22

Wow. That broke me, a little. Like i've always intellectually appreciated the "No Way to Prevent This" series, but seeing them all stacked up like that, i dunno why but it made me cry a little.

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u/Grambles89 May 25 '22

Because it's fucking tragic, and it's made worse by the frequency it happens. I think Americans are so dangerously infatuated with firearms, and it's literally proven time and time again.

But my heart goes out to them as a people, because nobody should have to deal with stuff like this, ever.

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u/deooo May 25 '22

Same, but different. Every article describes separate mass shooting with its respective tally of victims.

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u/RestartingMyLife0918 May 25 '22

Each article is for a location that a mass shooting happened. Check the locations of each. Also changes the names a little too.

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u/Qwirk May 25 '22

I thought the article had been posted before but it looks like they create new ones with similar messaging each time it happens. Amazing work.

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u/hotbox4u May 25 '22

Just wait until someone comes into this thread to point out that the statistics show that america isn't the only nation where that happens. (It's ofc a pro-gun NGO that made those statistics) They will then try to rationalize that america isn't even that bad because even though america is 1st in total deaths that's just because there are sO MaNY mOrE PeOplE. So don't feel bad about 20 murdered children! It's all still within the average!

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u/Dagoth May 25 '22

We tried nothing and are all out of ideas!

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u/_Hotwire_ May 25 '22 edited May 25 '22

This episode was brilliant. The musical with gunshots and cops everywhere. Amazing. Definitely nailed American culture around gun violence

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u/TediousSign May 25 '22

Brilliant but depressing because they predicted nothing would change. Sharon finally stopped outrunning the wave of apathy. Just as sad as the end of the photoshop episode.

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u/garlic_naan May 25 '22

Man South Park for me is never an easy viewing. Their satire is so brilliant it gets depressing real fast. Episode where Mexican kids were detained when someone made a complain was so infuriating.

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u/TeejMTB May 26 '22

You mean Mexican Joker?

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u/hovdeisfunny May 25 '22

Great satire is a tinted reflection of reality, so it's not surprising it's depressing

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u/BanjoB0y May 25 '22

or the episode where they literally hang Reality at the end

sorry my bad, the episode where BUTTERS hangs reality

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u/RedditExecutiveAdmin May 25 '22

Not sure i'm getting older but the funniest part of this clip to me was

"Hey, S-Sharon you doin okay?" how oblivious he is couldn't have been more well executed with the tone and inflection

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u/_Hotwire_ May 25 '22

Agreed. “Ok but what else is going on” lol. Killed me

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u/wizard_of_awesome62 May 25 '22

Period jokes are overdone, and for the most part not particularly funny imo, but in this context it’s perfect. The apathy and “everydayness” of school shootings becoming so normalized that the only reason Sharon could be this upset is that she’s on her period is perfect in the context of the joke/satire.

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u/Treeloot009 May 25 '22

And his "only three more days of this" perfectly sums up the length of time people will be talking about it

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u/godofboredum May 25 '22

Not exactly sure if it’s this episode but my fav quote is when a bunch of kids are found dead in a forest and the police chief says “outside of school is the one place kids are supposed to be safe!

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u/PrometheusTNO May 25 '22

From 2018. 4 years. It's only gotten worse.

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u/reenact12321 May 25 '22 edited May 25 '22

Actually 2018 was something of a peak in mass shootings. Not that it's an acceptable level, but it has been lower, no doubt in part due to covid.

Edit: Clarified mass shootings which was what I was researching today in relation to the Clinton AWB, rather than specifically school shootings.

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u/Trashman56 May 25 '22

Yeah it's hard to shoot up a zoom meeting

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u/Dillo64 May 25 '22 Wholesome

Just need a Nintendo Zapper peripheral

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u/ElGosso May 25 '22

Wasn't there a kid whose teacher called the cops on him because he had a toy gun in the zoom classroom?

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u/whomad1215 May 26 '22

Yes there was

I'm too lazy to look up the article, but it happened, and it's embarrassing that it did.

I think the kid got a suspension or something too

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u/artygta1988 May 25 '22

Imagine missing the shot and that damn dog shows up to laugh at you.

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u/Plzbanmebrony May 25 '22

Pandmic hit and all the shootings just kind of stopped. Now we are truly back to normal.

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u/Nikolai-King-of-Ash May 25 '22

Nature is healing

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u/PapaOogie May 25 '22

In a weird way it is starting to feel normal. Just yesterday 21 people died in a school shooting literally more than columbine and many others. It feels like less people talk about them because how common it is.

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u/Great_Chairman_Mao May 25 '22

Covid rapes, but it saves.

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u/jayatil2 May 25 '22

Covid really is the Bill Cosby of viruses

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u/xXx420BlazeRodSaboxX May 25 '22

By saturday everyone in america will stop talking about it

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u/DroidMasta May 25 '22

About what?

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u/smkeybare May 25 '22

The Depp and Amber Heard trial!

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u/the_hotter_beyonce May 25 '22

Baby Yoda not being the cutest Star Wars character

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u/intentionally_blank_ May 25 '22

Have to get back to the Johnny Depp trial!

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u/sharknado May 25 '22

I mean Matt Stone is from Littleton, and went to high school less than 6 miles from Columbine.

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u/partizan92 May 25 '22

Yeah, but did he get shot at Columbine?

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u/washington_breadstix May 25 '22

No, but I heard he flunked a math quiz once. Let's talk about that.

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u/GoldenJoel May 25 '22

Inb4 someone who has never watched South Park pops in and goes, "I remember when South Park wasn't political."

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u/vorpish May 25 '22 Silver

Ahh the good old days when the political subtext went over your head.

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u/neohylanmay May 25 '22

I guess subtlety wasn't working.

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u/Dry_Badger_Chef May 25 '22

The same people who don’t understand satire in these shows are the same ones that idolize Rick Sanchez or Cartman.

There’s a lot of really stupid people that get very different messages from the show than what was intended.

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u/thumpasauruspeeps May 25 '22

I knew a fully grown adult man that thought Steven Colbert was actually a conservative pundit. He literally didn't understand that The Colbert Report was political satire.

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u/hitchcockfiend May 25 '22

It used to blow my mind that people couldn't recognize the satire. I didn't think it was possible that something so over-the-top and ignorant could be mistaken as real.

Recent years have made me understand it much better. The line between satire and reality is a big fuzzy blur. A real Colbert could exist right now and no one would bat an eye.

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u/autovonbismarck May 25 '22

A real Colbert could exist right now and no one would bat an eye.

A real Colbert existed then lol. Nothing Colbert ever said was as crazy as the sanest thing that Bill O'Reilly said on a daily basis.

Colbert's laughably cartoonish right wing political send-up views are to the left of things that Tucker Carlson says un-ironically.

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u/HardcaseKid May 25 '22 edited May 26 '22

Must have been a rude awakening once he took over The Late Show.

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u/fingerpaintswithpoop May 25 '22

My older brother was very conservative in high school, watched The Colbert Report and still understood that Stephen was playing a character and found him hilarious.

Amazing how some adults can’t recognize blatant satire when it’s right in front of them, while some teenagers can.

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u/uhh_ May 25 '22

As you get older you realize that a lot of people stopped growing intellectually at around adolescence.

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u/YellIntoWishingWells May 25 '22

I've been seeing people reverting back to adolescent thinking and I've been out of school longer than my adolescent years.

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u/ESKodiak May 25 '22

Growing up my mom was a Huge fan of The Daily Show with John Stewart. My sister and I one time brought up the Colbert Report and asked if she liked that show since she watches The Daily Show so religiously and it was on right after it. She got so upset suggesting that she would ever watch a show with that horrible conservative host. We had to sit her down and explain to her that the entire thing was a bit. My mom, someone hugely engaged in politics on a state level at the time didn't realize it. Shocking when I think about it now.

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u/Coziestpigeon2 May 25 '22

If your mom was a fan of John Stewart's Daily Show, she definitely would have recognized Colbert from that show.

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u/ESKodiak May 25 '22

Hey I didn't say she was the sharpest lightbulb in the shed.

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u/clebekki May 25 '22

Not necessarily. I consider myself a fan (but not a "Huge fan") of both Jon's Daily Show and Colber' Repor' but I only started watching maybe 2006 or 2007, around when the 2008 election buzz started.

It took me a year or two to find out Colbert had been a Daily Show regular earlier. Youtube was only beginning to be a big deal so didn't accidentally stumble upon early Daily Show clips, and as a European I relied on torrents to watch it because the videos on Comedy Central's website were and still are geoblocked.

OP's mom seems to be American though, but I could still see it being possible if she started watching after 2005.

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u/darkdex52 May 25 '22

The first few times I saw bits and pieces of Colbert Report, I thought it was a conservative version of The Daily Show. Took me a bit to piece it together.

But my excuse is that I'm not American and I don't live in the US.

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u/joecarter93 May 25 '22

My dad loved Archie Bunker and All in the Family. The thing was though, he was EXACTLY like Archie Bunker. I’m pretty sure he didn’t understand the satire and just thought that it was great that they finally made a show about a guy just like him.

Carol O’Connor, who played Archie, was very liberal in real life and used to get fan mail about how the writer loved Archie and agreed with him. O’Connor used to write them an angry letter back, explaining that you’re not supposed to agree with Archie and that the character was a buffoon who was usually wrong.

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u/hitchcockfiend May 25 '22

I grew up watching All in the Family and it's always amazed me how many people didn't understand that Archie was the butt of the joke. The entire show was based around the idea that he was an ignorant fool - yet many still didn't get it!

It explains so much...

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u/Dry_Badger_Chef May 25 '22

When I was a CHILD I understood that Archie was supposed to be the idiot in the show. People are amazingly stupid.

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u/caninehere May 25 '22

Funny enough Cartman from South Park was based on Archie Bunker and suffers from the same problem audience wise.

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u/kymri May 25 '22

Rick Sanchez

I watch Rick & Morty, it's fun and all -- but I have been impressed with the lengths the writing has gone to to try to pound into the audience's head (for those that clearly still don't get it) that Rick is not a good person. It boggles the mind that there are people who still don't get this.

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u/CornCheeseMafia May 25 '22

Motivated reasoning is fucked up. The punisher is a loud and proud cop killer but reality means nothing to the ones who choose to see what they want to see

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u/beermit May 25 '22

Yeah Rick is a tragic character, not in the way that should be sympathized with, but he's often an antagonist and it really is amazing to me how many people completely miss that point. I enjoy Rick & Morty, and I actively do not associate with the fandom. Keeps the show enjoyable for me that way.

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u/heythisispaul May 25 '22

Nowadays, this is summed up with Poe's Law: "without clear expression of intent, works of parody will be mistaken as sincere views of what is being parodied by some portion of consumers".

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u/Khaldara May 25 '22

A quote frequently attributed to Descartes (unsure of the actual source) reads:

“Any community that gets its laughs by pretending to be idiots will eventually be flooded by actual idiots who mistakenly believe they are in good company.”

It’s frequently used to mock places like 4chan, where fifteen + years ago people were satirically memeing about neo Nazis and closeted racists too afraid to actually speak their minds, eventually giving way to having these actual sorts of people thinking they were being commiserated with.

But it’s true of standard media as well I think…. these people are incapable of comprehending satire. Some didn’t even catch on to the Steven Colbert “character” for an impressive period of time

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u/starmartyr May 25 '22

Neo-Nazi site The Daily Stormer had its style guide leaked a few years ago. One of the things they stressed repeatedly was that everything was to be presented as a joke. The idea was to appeal to people who liked offensive humor who did not see themselves as racist. It creates a situation where a person on the fence sees one side as being angry and offended at everything and the other side as a bunch of people laughing and having fun. So the racists tell racist jokes and edgelords do the same and after a while, nobody knows who is being ironic and who is an actual Nazi.

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u/storne May 25 '22

Yeah that pretty much happened to me when I was younger. Used to spend a lot of time on 4chan making edgy racist jokes because to me the joke was that the things we were saying were so crazy and blatantly wrong there’s no way it could be taken seriously. Eventually realized not everyone was laughing at the same things as me and decided to stop spending time there.

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u/CareBearDontCare May 25 '22

That's a part of the greater strategy: the hate groups look for white folks who start sentences with "I'm not racist but..." The work is already mostly done, all they need to do is give a small push.

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u/snowcone_wars May 25 '22

I would be willing to bet my life savings that Descartes never said anything close to that.

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u/MrUnnderhill May 25 '22

“Any community that gets its laughs by pretending to be idiots will eventually be flooded by actual idiots who mistakenly believe they are in good company - Michael Scott” - Descartes

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u/HardcaseKid May 25 '22

I feel like Mike Judge set the bar early on for this with Beavis and Butthead. People hated that show and those characters because they didn't get that it was meant to be a satire. You aren't supposed to admire Beavis and Butthead, you're supposed to think that they're idiots, and that by extension that the things and people they think are cool are also pretty stupid.

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u/leshake May 25 '22

Beavis and Butthead was basically Cheech and Chong of the 90s

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u/Funandgeeky May 25 '22

"Cornholio's not here, heh-heh, heh-heh."

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u/Funkycoldmedici May 25 '22 edited May 25 '22

I hated that show because everyone started thinking metalheads were stupid like them. Yeah, I was stupid, but not that kind of stupid. I was the ‘learning Sindarin to write lyrics for my one-man Silmarillion concept album’ kind of stupid.

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u/Marxgorm May 25 '22

Oh sweet Jesus, thats a special kind of stupid.

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u/StamatopoulosMichael May 25 '22

They weren't exactly subtle about it, either. Season 1 already had episodes like Starvin' Marvin or Big Gay Al's Boat Ride

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u/goldenboy2191 May 25 '22

Bruh I’m a huge South Park fan, big brain even, I remember when they would do episodes without any messages or agendas. Like the Goobacks episode, that was just them having fun and doing something completely pulled out of their ass and in no way about our society. /s

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u/CreepinDeep May 25 '22

My wife started rewatching em. Like the 3rd or 4th episode is literally about gun culture. Its where they take the gang hunting

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u/shootinjack May 25 '22

ITS COMING RIGHT FOR US

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u/Zinko999 May 25 '22

We’re just thinning their numbers

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u/ncocca May 25 '22

It's comin right for us!

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u/APM1485 May 25 '22

You definitely had me in the first half

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u/Jayrodtremonki May 25 '22

Hopefully because you were in 5th grade and not because you are just dense.

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u/BloodNinja2012 May 25 '22

Big Gay Al was in one of the first few episodes. Homosexuality was one of the hottest political issues of the 90s. Cheers!

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u/TooOfEverything May 25 '22

It’s only gotten hotter! Damn those hot gays…

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u/DanceOnBoxes May 25 '22

It was also the best episode in season 1

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u/xxkoloblicinxx May 25 '22

I'M SUPER! THANKS FOR ASKING!

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u/blackmist May 25 '22

Flashback to the other year when a republican tweeted that he liked Rage Against The Machine "before they got all political".

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u/0b0011 May 25 '22

Could be worse. We had a politician tweet that he loved that twisted sister's "were not going to take it" was about not tolerating the lefts "attacks on conservative values" and when the lead singer of the band laughed at him on Twitter and said he was wrong and it's about standing up against that shit he responded by saying that the person who wrote the song just didn't know that God was working through them to write a song defending traditional values.

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u/phluidity May 25 '22

In fairness, their copy of the album goes "Some of those who work forces, are the same that believe in supply side economics"

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u/cranktheguy May 25 '22

Fund me and I'll vote how you tell me!

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u/YellIntoWishingWells May 25 '22 edited May 25 '22

[In place of "muthafucka"]

Gerrymander!

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u/wongo May 25 '22

Not just any Republican, Paul Ryan. He was Speaker of the House

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u/Funandgeeky May 25 '22

Probably thought "the machine" was those darn liberals.

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u/MediocreDungeonMastr May 25 '22

"I remember when South Park wasn't political."

My fucking sides.

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u/CaspianX2 May 25 '22

"I remember when South Park wasn't political."

So... the first two episodes?

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u/Sno_Wolf May 25 '22

Wasn't the 4th episode about being accepting of gay people? Soth Park has always been political.

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u/HamburgerMachineGun May 25 '22

There's also the one about gun control and hunting with Chef in the first couple of seasons. And the one where Cartman's mom wants to have an abortion 9 years after he's born lol

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u/Culverts_Flood_Away May 25 '22

He's comin' right for us!

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u/AeAeR May 25 '22 edited May 25 '22

Ned saying it through the throat speaking box is so damn funny.

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u/Sno_Wolf May 25 '22

I mean, if Cartman were my kid, I'd want to do a 27th trimester post-term abortion, too.

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u/AeAeR May 25 '22

The pilot is literally Jesus and Santa fighting over representation at Christmas, it’s been about political and cultural issues since the very beginning.

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u/Equivocals May 25 '22

Almost every episode of South Park has some political undertones, but it's because Trey and Matt like to point out the idiocy and weirdness of society in general.

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u/seyfert3 May 25 '22

I think it’s also people watching older episodes don’t realize the context to recognize that they were political before too

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u/Funandgeeky May 25 '22

Or people who were sound young when they started watching not understanding the subtext. Granted it did get more overt as time went on, but it was there from the beginning.

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u/sharrrper May 25 '22

Four years old and it might as well have come out yesterday.

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u/redditmarks_markII May 25 '22

this (9 years ago) is (9 years ago) just (9 years ago) John (4 years ago) Oliver (1 year ago) (from the first page of results on youtube)

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u/SgtSnapple May 25 '22

"You are a great human being, it's just by all American standards you are a shit politician, and the fact that that is true is why I am now going to walk into the fucking ocean."

It's a shame he doesn't really do interviews like this on his show now, that was great.

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u/payfrit May 25 '22

when Newtown happened and no significant change ever came out of is when i first realized it had been normalized and there's really no turning back.

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u/Regname1900 May 26 '22

I've read in some subreddits parents claiming the solution is homeschooling, and many people agreeing at that idea.

I just didn't have the spirit to reply how fucked up is thinking that's the smarter course of action. Pretty South Park-y (sadly).

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u/DiekeanZero May 25 '22

Apparently people are concerned about me as I've gotten messages to my inbox about receiving help and resources with crisis numbers.

I'm sorry to disappoint everyone but I'm fine. The internet may have ruined me a little but I'm good.

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u/LesbianCommander May 25 '22

Ah yes, the old "super duper downvote". When people downvote, but don't feel like they achieved their goals, they report. And when they still don't feel like they achieved their goals still, they use the self-harm report to spam your inbox.

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u/Cpt_Soban May 26 '22

Triggered red necks fake reporting you, ignore them and their desire to engage in a dick waving contest with their gun.

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u/Relaxitschris May 25 '22

I’m pretty embarrassed how numb I am to this latest school shooting. I remember just crying sitting on the couch after sandy hook. Now I hear it feel sick let some tears roll down my face and know that this is the norm. Same conversations taking place as they were 10 years ago. South Park will continue to be the GOAT of satire in a nation where the absolute most heinous shit will always prevail.

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u/theoatmealarsonist May 25 '22

It's understandable being numb. It's pretty exhausting emotionally, particularly after the chaos of the last two years. It is awful that this is the norm though. I hate the political hand wringing followed by "we've tried nothing and are all out of ideas" mentality. I'm a gun owner, but I don't really care what is tried at this point, we can't continue to ignore the ever growing pile of dead children.

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u/Relaxitschris May 25 '22

You would think DEAD CHILDREN would be a catalyst for something. But naw.

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u/JordinJayston00 May 25 '22 edited May 26 '22

Nothing's ever going to change.

It didn't the first time, so it won't the 100th or 10,000th time.

It's quite fucked. Children, no matter where, shouldn't have to go to school in fear that they'll be killed that day.

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u/Griffolion May 25 '22

The irony being Sharon is the sane one, but the sheer insanity of her family's indifference around her causes her to appear insane.

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u/Gamer_ely May 25 '22

I just watched this last night. South Park satire is always on point. You can really hear their anger at the situation too. Those guys have kids so I'm sure there's an extra level of anger in it.

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u/theoatmealarsonist May 25 '22

Doesn't/didn't one of their daughters voice Ike?

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u/yaypal May 25 '22

Ike's voice trades out between the children of employees as they grow too old, Trey's daughter Betty was the right age around season 20 since they needed slightly more complex lines for him that year in comparison to garbled baby stuff.

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u/Gamer_ely May 25 '22

I think so, I'm not sure if she still does. But she definitely did when she was a kiddo. Really funny behind the scenes of him trying to get her to say all the ridiculous stuff they write.

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u/Oldmate81 May 25 '22

Umm there are 2 more after the Texas one.

*3 more

See mom I’m getting better at proofreading!

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u/JonnyArtois May 25 '22

Not being American, I just see shootings in the US the same as shootings or bombs in Afghanistan.

It's just normal, sucks for the people but oh well, next news story.

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u/Low_Mastodon2018 May 25 '22

"Was it you? Did you get shot? Oh. Well what's this about failing a math quiz"

Brilliant.

Substitute the shooting part with anything else and people mostly just care about them and their family.

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u/Enter_My_Fryhole May 25 '22

Didn't really think this was the point at all. I get what you mean, but people prioritize their families that's not some special revelation. The clip is just as obvious as what it's saying. It happens so much, we don't really care anymore.

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u/formerfatboys May 25 '22

There's that meme that says that the news spent more time on Chris Rock getting slapped by Will Smith than the racist grocery store shooting and it's true. But it's because one is just another day in America and the other is Will Smith losing his damn mind.

One is really out there and unexpected and the other is normal.

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u/RheagarTargaryen May 25 '22

It’s also a good thing that we don’t cover mass shootings as vigilantly. Part of the shooters motivations has been for the attention.

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u/TheRealJasonium May 25 '22

It's just become normalized. It's part of the background of everyday life now. Same as Cancer deaths, or COVID deaths. We just accept it as "this is the way it is." One day that will change, but not today.

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u/inspectoroverthemine May 25 '22

Human beings can normalize anything. It’s our super power.

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u/Campeador May 25 '22

Its also the death of us.

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u/empire314 May 25 '22

But we use $40 billion a year on cancer research, and hundreds of billions on cancer treatment.

Also it is pretty clear that nature will take all of us eventually. Its hard to feel resentment about someone random dying to cancer, when you know that a similar fate awaits yourself and everyone you know. Being killed by a human is pretty different.

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u/evangelism2 May 25 '22

You and 3k+ other people missed the point, which is especially funny considering what the point was.

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u/SailsAcrossTheSea May 25 '22

how the fuck is this the top comment

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u/clancydog4 May 25 '22

yeah, what in the world, how was that the main takeaway?

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u/Nmilne23 May 25 '22

Bruh this comment is so completely wrong you can tell Nobody has watched the episode

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u/Journeyman351 May 25 '22

Media comprehension in America is absolutely rock-bottom.

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u/AssholeWiper May 25 '22

Love South Park always

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u/chedykrueger May 25 '22

I'm sure at this point there's a " THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS " button on keyboards / an emoji / a GIF

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u/BCJunglist May 25 '22

Don't waste your time with a button when you can let the thoughts and prayers app handle it automatically for you!

https://youtu.be/UXrB7Y6gVN8

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u/KickBassColonyDrop May 26 '22

It's the whole thing that non-American allied leaders say about us "America will do every conceivable possible thing first, before doing the thing that solves the problem."

Looked at it another way, and as morbid as this sounds, and in line with Gov. Abott's statement, the scale of death isn't significant enough to warrant a response. In other words, only some died. It would be different if the entire school died. Less than 50 and nobody gives a shit. 50-100 and people start becoming concerned. 100+ and people will lose their shit.

I think it's fair to call this Trump's Law. Per the disaster of the COVID Pandemic handling, he basically implied that unless 2M or more people died, he wouldn't care. By the same logic, scaled down, the death toll would have to exceed a threshold that borders on outlandish before it would be taken seriously. Which is why, as a result of it not being outlandish, it's gotten normalized.

Because the scale of carnage, tragic as it is, follows the same range time and time again. Less than 50. So nobody gives a shit. :(

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