South Park's 'Tegridy Farms' Latest Vaping in Pop Culture Showing
For 22 seasons, South Park has taken on familiar and topical mainstream subjects, poking fun at them to an extreme that allows us to not take ourselves too seriously. Last week’s episode was no different, but this time vaping was the hot topic in a long-awaited episode titled, “Tegridy Farms.”
In Tegridy Farms, Randy learns that vaping has come to South Park Elementary, and he moves to a farm to get away from society’s downfall. We find that Randy actually wants to grow weed legally on the farm, and here show creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone make fun of the ups and downs and double speak of the vaping industry masterfully in Randy’s speech, having him speak like a “farmer” when he’s on the farm and his regular voice when vaping is the topic. Back at South Park Elementary, we find that Cartman and Butters have been supplying vape pens to the students, and Kyle aims to put a stop to the madness. From there we get dead prostitutes, rebellion and vape shop carnage, all designed for the shock value that we’ve come to know and love from the franchise. Vaping ultimately gets defeated, and this episode is the next in line of pop culture phenomenon that’s featured vaping.
South Park is hardly the first pop culture-oriented outlet to feature vaping. It seems that every time a pop star, movie or TV show features vaping, it gets people talking. We don’t forget when Leonardo DiCaprio, Katy Perry or Lady Gaga are captured by the paparazzi vaping, or when Katherine Heigl vaped live on Letterman. And, we can’t forget back in 2015 when The Simpsons rose controversy (as South Park’s take has as well) regarding vaping and children. After all, Bart and Maggie Simpson and the South Park gang are hardly of vaping age no matter what state you live in or what real-time episode they appear in.
So, Cyclops Vapor readers, what do you think about vaping appearing in pop culture, especially in cartoon form? Is it true that there is no such thing as bad publicity, should we take these shows with a grain of salt, or is it propaganda that we seem to not be able to get away from — marketing to children? Sign off in the comments!