South Park returned for its 22nd season on Comedy Central last night, and opened with proof that the show can still surprise, if not exactly shock anymore. During the gang’s fourth grade math class, gunshots are heard from the hall, along with screams and sirens, though neither the teacher nor Stan, Cartman and the rest even flinch.
“Shooter down,” says a police officer outside the classroom. Says the teacher, “Now, let’s move on to the next equation.”
The cartoon then gets a dig at the media. As the kids casually leave school at the end of the day, a TV reporter on the scene intones, “Another school shooting today has left students in shock and disbelief,” when of course they’re anything but.