On Wednesday night, South Park finally said goodbye to that lovable piece of poo, Mr. Hankey, who wasn’t so lovable anymore. And they knew exactly where to send him: Springfield. Throughout the episode, Mr. Hankey was sending out offensive, racist tweets, using Roseanne Barr’s Ambien defense each time. In May, Barr’s show was canceled after she sent a racist tweet about a former Obama aide and blamed it on the effects of Ambien.
But besides trolling Barr, Trey Parker and Matt Stone took the opportunity to take a shot at The Simpsons for its controversial character, Apu Nahasapeemapetilon. Earlier this year, The Simpsons came under fire for the racial stereotyping of Apu and the flippant way in which the producers handled the uproar. And in true South Park fashion, the creators let the audience know exactly why Mr. Hankey was headed where he was.
After Mr. Hankey took off, Stan asked Randy, “Where will he go?” Randy replied, “He’ll have to find a place that accepts racist, awful beings like him. There are still places out there who don’t care about bigotry and hate.”
At that moment Mr. Hankey flew into Springfield with his signature, “Howdy ho,” and was greeted by dozens of Simpsons characters, including Apu, who was the first to welcome him to town.
South Park used #cancelsouthpark as a marketing scheme in the run-up to the season (or maybe that’s what they want, though hopefully not), but after accusing The Simpsons of racism and bigotry, they changed it up and ended the episode with #cancelthesimpsons.
South Park airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on Comedy Central.