South Park has become the first TV show to mock Russian President Vladimir Putin and the invasion of Ukraine.
In the episode, the Kremlin leader is described as getting more aggressive as he gets older because his 'd**k doesn’t work the way it used to'.
South Park is known for being really on the ball with their social commentary, however the writers and producers have clearly worked overtime to make a statement on the Russia-Ukraine crisis.
The episode, titled 'Back to the Cold War', harks back to decades-old fears concerning the 'reds under the bed' and is littered with War Games and Red Dawn references.
Audiences got to see South Park Elementary's counsellor Mr. Mackey whips up fear at school by running nuclear bomb drills with the kids.
“Yes, that’s right. We are going to be prepared,” Mackey tells the students.
Another part of the episode's plot revolves around Butters facing-off with a Russian student at an equestrian event, and the parents’ perceived implications of who wins at the horse show.
We also got to see two Russian officials walk into Putin's office where the President is standing shirtless and is bizarrely dancing around.
Last time Putin appeared in #SouthPark, he was grounded by Butters Stotch's dad Stephen. In his latest appearance, Putin is a bare-chested war criminal inflicted with nostalgia. pic.twitter.com/HExY8ZH74H— Andrew Hsieh says #PutinIsaWarCriminal 🇺🇦 (@AndrewOnSeeAIR) March 3, 2022
Although creators Trey Park and Matt Stone have pulled off a brilliant spoof of the Russian leader and mocked Putin's brutal invasion of neighbouring Ukraine, the reality could not be more serious.
In the hours leading up to the episode going to air, Russia claimed that it had captured its first major Ukrainian city.
Russian Defence Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said that the Black Sea port city of Kherson was now under the ‘complete control’ of Russian soldiers in televised remarks on Wednesday.
Konashenkov added that while they had taken over the city, civilian infrastructure, facilities, public services, and transport would still operate as normal.
“The city is not experiencing shortages of food and essential goods,” he said.
Kherson has fallen, Kharkiv and Mariupol under siege. When they fall, Putin has line of control from Kherson to Kharkiv centered on Zaporizhzhia and a land bridge from Luhansk to Crimea. This traps Ukrainian forces behind the line. Odessa next. Kyiv is last objective not first. pic.twitter.com/8OtMVdXyeT— Jim Rickards (@JamesGRickards) March 3, 2022
The successful capture of the city was seemingly confirmed by Kherson mayor Igor Kolykhayev, who told Reuters that Russian forces had forced their way into the city council building on Wednesday night, local time.
However, military experts are disputing the fall of Kherson.
A senior US defence official told the Associated Press that although Russia claims they have taken control of the port city, the Ukrainian military is rejecting that claim.
“Our view is that Kherson is very much a contested city at this point,” the official said, who spoke to AP on the condition of anonymity.
The office of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has told media that it could not comment on the situation in Kherson while fighting was still underway.
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