• South Park teaser spells bad news for Butters (Video)

    South Park will take a shot at vaping in Tegridy Farms, a new episode airing tonight October 17 on Comedy Central. The episode will center around the lovable, but easily corruptible, Butters.

    “Butters is selling vape pens and all kinds of fruity-flavored vape accessories at school,” says the Comedy Central website. “Meanwhile, Randy decides he should move the family to the country and take up farming.” A clip of tonight’s show has the gang confronting Butters about his side racket, and Cartman landing a stern punch to the boy’s face.

    Vaping has become a major topic of discussion in recent months, due to its unknown long-term effects. Vapes have become popular among children and have been labeled an epidemic by some because they are easy to conceal and come with a number of appealing flavors. It should provide easy fodder for Trey Parker and Matt Stone, who have long been known for their spot-on cultural criticism.

    This is not the first time South Park has addressed the topic of nicotine in schools. In an episode called Butt Out (season 7, episode 13), the gang takes up smoking after a truly horrendous hip-hop dance troupe advocating against cigarettes has an unintended effect. That episode, which also contained a self-aware criticism on the way the town escalates issues with its mob mentality, was met with positive reviews.

    Tegridy Farms premieres Wednesday, October 17 at 10:00 p.m. ET on Comedy Central. It can also be streamed on Hulu and later watched on the Comedy Central App.

    Lucien Formichella

    Lucien is a comic and journalist based out of New York City. He also freelances for The Observer. He loves eating. Twitter: @lucien_form

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