South Park has a brand new and very timely episode coming up on Wednesday. In the episode titled Unfulfilled, the 9th episode of Season 22, the town of South Park has been chosen to be the site of an Amazon fulfillment center. Everyone in the town enjoys the benefits of letting Amazon run everything until tensions between the workers and the company inevitably come to a head. The episode continues South Park’s 21-year legacy of directly satirizing current events in the show, such as references to cartoon depictions of Muhammad or a season 9 episode about Scientology that caused cast member Isaac Hayes, a Scientologist, to quit the show.
Gripes with Amazon sound familiar? On November 13, Amazon announced that, after a year-long campaign soliciting sweetheart deals from cities around the country to build their new headquarters HQ2, they would be building in Long Island City, Queens and Arlington, Virginia. Many residents of those cities have expressed concern about extremely favorable tax incentives given to Amazon and the displacement effects of gentrification that come with a giant corporation moving into an area. Maybe South Park with give New York Mayor Bill De Blasio some ideas.