South Park has never been afraid of steering straight into controversial issues. The debut of its 21st season will continue this trend as it takes on the ever dividing issue of white nationalism in America. Trey Parker and Matt Stone have said they will be holding off on the Donald Trump related storylines this season, after satirizing the events of the 2016 election throughout the previous season (Giant Douche vs Turd Sandwich). But that doesn't mean they'll shy away from the Trump-related issues that are affecting America in its 21st season premiere.
The episode is titled "White People Renovating Houses" and will involve a group of white supremacists descending upon the town of South Park. The description provided by #ComedyCentral describes how:
Randy comes to grips with what it means to be white in today’s society while protestors armed with tiki torches and confederate flags take to the streets of South Park.
The tiki torches are a clear reference to the events which took place during the white nationalist protests in Charlottesville. What is not clear as of yet is the angle they are taking toward the nationalists. It can be one of two things with #SouthPark: Either a vicious attack on the community which will belittle them, or a comedic play though of the events such as the giant douche and turd sandwich debacle. But as there was an actual victim in the Charlottesville attack, Heather Heyer, it's unlikely that Trey and Stone will make light of the situation.
Parker and Stone previously told The Hollywood Reporter that they are aiming to move away from the season long storylines and return to the old style of single episode length stories which will heavily revolve around the main stars. The duo felt they became too heavily linked to politics in the previous season, with Mr. Garrison taking on the role of President Trump. The creators commented on how they liked the fact that Cartman showed a sensitive side in the previous season, when he got himself a girlfriend and have hinted they may keep that storyline running.
The new season of South Park debuts on September 13 and their brand new video game is set to be released on October 17. It's going to be a busy winter for Matt & Trey!