“South Park” Season 14 Episode 8 “Poor and Stupid” is a somewhat lame, for “South Park,” satire on Nascar, Nascar fans, and about how other people regard both Nascar and Nascar fans. Naturally, Eric Cartman is at the center of things.
Spoilers surely follow.
Kyle and Stan find Cartman sobbing next to the lockers in the school hallway. Cartman is distressed that he will never achieve his great and hitherto unrevealed childhood dream of becoming a Nascar driver. How can this be? Cartman says it is because he will never become poor and stupid enough.
The boys announce that this is the stupidest thing they have ever heard. Whereupon Cartman, his confidence restored, sets forth to chase that dream.
By now, the gentle reader is saying, “Yes, I’ve heard the Blue State stereotype that all Nascar fans are ignorant red neck, red state yokels who cling to their God, guns, and super charged fast cars. But surely Nascar drivers need to know things, like how to drive those cars around a circular track?” But this is Cartman, you see.
Cartman’s first attempt to be a Nascar driver does not end well. With Butters’ help, he divests himself of all of his savings. Then he tries various ways to lower his already diminutive intelligence, including consuming large amounts of Vagisil. And, thus poor and stupid enough, he hijacks a Nascar vehicle in the Denver 300. The result is that he drives the wrong way down the track, kills eleven people, and horribly injures himself.
Undeterred, Cartman decides to try again. With the help of the CEO of the Vagisil company, who provides a sponsored car outfitted to be driven by a 9-year-old, Cartman enters the next Nascar race.
This infuriates Kenny who, being dirt poor, fits the Nascar fan demographic. Kenny vows to stop Cartman by any means necessary. Oddly enough, this will not result in the line, “They killed Kenny! Those bastards!”
Just to buttress his image as stupid, Cartman does a video podcast in which he denounces Barack Obama as someone who will raise taxes on gasoline and who is “gay.” This is stupid because the insults are lame and stupid.
The race proceeds a little better for Cartman, but not for the other drivers, who are left in flaming vehicles on the side of the track. Many spectators are killed and injured as well. But things do not turn out well for Cartman either, as the long suffering wife of the Vagisil CEO, whose female odor is described as something that can empty a room, hops into one of the drivable cars and wins the race.
And so another best laid plan by Cartman reaches its inevitable conclusion. Unfortunately there were more groaners and than not in this episode. I hope Trey and Mark hit their stride by the next episode.
Source: South Park, Poor and Stupid, TV.Rage