South Park is known for being edgy and making fun of current pop culture. The production timeline for the show is 1 week, which is mind blowing if you think about how long most TV production takes. On the latest episode they rip ride sharing services such as Lyft and Uber (these allow you to catch rides in people's personal vehicles), crippled kids, and Matthew McConaughey and stupid Lincoln commercials, car salesman, taxis, and taxi drivers. For fans of the electric car they also make fun of Tesla co-founder and CEO, Elon Musk.
The synopsis of the episode is that Timmy, a crippled kid that only says his name “Timmy”, is working to raise money for his special needs summer camp for next year. Timmy has a ride sharing app called Handicar which enables people to catch rides around town using his wheelchair. The local taxi drivers in the town of South Park get upset about the competition as well as Elon Musk, since it's taking away from people focusing on electric cars. The culmination is a Wacky Races epic race against all the competing car technologies and services to see which is best and most convenient.
Like all South Park episodes this one is brilliantly done. Watch it here!
Editor's Note – this video is an unofficially posted and could be taken down at any moment.
South Park “Handicar” Episode – Ride Sharing
If you watch the show you will see that they also rip Lincoln's current marketing campaign with the actor Matthew . The TV commercials are meant to show that he “Just Liked It” instead of Lincoln actually paying him to like Lincoln vehicles. Since the public thinks this is BS, South Park decided to make fun of the commercials and call them out on it. Watch the questionable Lincoln commercial by clicking here.
While it's cool that South Park is in-tune with current auto marketing, the real question is, does this mean that Tesla and Elon Musk have gone mainstream? What about ride sharing? If South Park makes fun of it that probably means it's pretty popular and worthy of the Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the South Park creators, attention.
Here is the part with Elon Musk if you don't want to invest 22 minute to watching the full episode. This wasn't part of the main storyline in case you were wondering.
South Park – Elon Musk
Musk was good humored about the spoof since he Tweeted about it on when the show aired.
McConaughey did not mention his South Park appearance though. Surprisingly there wasn't a mention of RelayRides in the episode but they did mention ZipCar. Anyway, I encourage my readers to watch the Handicar episode and let me know what you think with a comment below. Did you think it was funny?