Comedy Central's South Park anchored its latest episode about drones, privacy and naked online photos with a Ferguson-inspired plot line, complete with protests, police riot gear and a governor-imposed curfew.
"The Magic Bush," released October 29, centers around Eric Cartman and Butters Stotch, who steal Butters' dad's drone and record a video of a female neighbor's ample bush. The video goes viral, and Cartman references Jennifer Lawrence and the "Fappening" -- the release of hundreds of private celebrity photos, including nudes, by hackers -- to defend spreading the image.
"We live in a world where privacy is gone, okay?" Cartman explains. "It's just gone, bud. Your weiner, my balls -- they're public domain."
As things heat up in South Park, anyone who's been following the unrest in Ferguson should start experiencing some serious deja vu.
When Randy Marsh uses his neighborhood watch drone to spy on a couple having sex, a police drone chases and shoots it down. The shooting sparks outrage across the state, especially since the "unarmed civilian drone" is black.
Drone owners hold a candlelight vigil to protest the shooting, flying candles and banners with the slogan "Shot Down in Cold Blood" through the streets. But police drones interrupt the protest, ordering civilian drones to disperse because candles on the flying machines are a fire hazard.
But the protesters don't want to stop protesting. "What the hell are these police drones doing? We can't protest now?" Mr. Garrison says.
Excessive police force at the peaceful protests sets off a full-scale riot, with drones breaking into businesses and setting fires. The police order a curfew, and the governor declares a state of emergency. National Guard drones, in camouflage, patrol the streets. The drones have a stand-off in front of the police station, with police drones carrying riot shields.
Don't worry, everything ends peacefully. We won't spoil it for you, but in true South Park fashion, it's all thanks to pubic hair.