So I’m watching South Park and I noticed something that kind of bugs me. This is going to sound stupid probably.
I never understand why, in background scenes, when there’s an opportunity for Wendy to be next to Stan, they put her next to someone else. Of course, on one level that’s COOL because obvi I don’t ship Stan/Wendy, but on the other hand I guess it just kind of confuses me? I mean I guess here it makes sense because it gets all the main kids in front, but there are a bunch of other times where this also occurs.
I guess I don’t really understand the point of Wendy and Stan dating. Maybe it’s an excuse to have her be a more central character in episodes? But then, why do they need to be dating to have that? Can’t Wendy exist as a character on her own? Without Stan? You’d think that’s what they’re doing here (she’s not with Stan) but I feel like in cases like this, she becomes more of a background character, a prop. The only episode I can think of when they weren’t dating where she was up front is that Paris Hilton episode (which I could totally go on a rant about, holy god) and that’s really it. I’m not counting “Follow That Egg”, because again, she really only exists as a love interest. Other than that there’s “Marjorine” and…yeah. She seems to only appear when she and Stan are “dating” and that sucks because she’s such a badass character that they can do so much with. Like, in “Breast Cancer Show Ever”, Stan doesn’t even give a damn about her fighting Cartman, which yeah, is telling of his character, but it’s just??? I dunno.
I guess I don’t understand the point of them dating. To me, even on a completely non-shipping level, it seems kind of needless. It doesn’t really add a new dynamic to the show.
Anyway, it doesn’t really make me upset that they’re dating, it’s whatever. I’d just love to see her character utilized more.
(Okay, I wrote too much, and I’m sorry.)
I think when the show premiered, or when they started working on what would become the show, Trey Parker was still somewhat traumatized from his engagement that came to a bad end. I think he might have said at some point that Wendy was basically a telegraphing of his ex-fiancee, though to be honest I’m bad/lazy about digging up word-of-god South Park quotes, so if someone wants to correct me, you’re probably right. But I get the idea that Wendy’s original role in the show was about demonstrating and mining for humor the excitement and anxiety that go along with romance generally, and maybe young romance specifically. Wendy in the beginning is flighty and she drifts in and out of being interested in Stan. She teases him and speaks to him coquettishly and screams “ew!” when he responds to her advances in the only way he’s really able, by barfing on her. It’s South Park so the barfing is like LOLOL gross, but it’s not a bad metaphor for the nascent sex roles that little kids think they’re playing, then recoil from.
I think to a certain extent, Wendy is still on the show, or became part of the show, simply because she was there at the outset and became part of the show’s mythology. I guess the character I’d compare her to, weirdly enough, is Chef. The show really ran out of things for Chef to do long before Isaac Hayes quit and later passed away. Honestly, the gag of parodying the “street-smart black man stereotype gives naive kids advice” trope wore off way before Chef left the show. They got bored of having him sing goofy songs, and I know I’ve heard them discuss how they became sick of being that show where Kenny always dies or Chef always sings a sexy song.Yet Chef was still there, and they would give him a token line or something just so he could be on the show. Rarely was there an episode where his role made any sense.
But these things just became bound up with the identity of the show, and we know it’s a show that is fixated on mining and revisiting its own history. Even the last three episodes were, in a way, a commentary on, or development or parody of, or reference to, the LOTR episode from years and years ago. It’s well-document that there was a point when they planned to kill of Kyle, and decided not to, and killed off Kenny instead. And while Kenny was killed off, they spent almost the entire season discussing how Kenny was dead, or how he was possessing Cartman, or how he’d hidden a candy raffle ticket before he died. In effect, even when Kenny was “killed off” he was still a character on the show. Admittedly some of those episodes are hilarious and classic. I can’t not lose my shit watching “Simpsons Already Did It,” OMG, especially when Chef sings that song about killing your teacher and finding semen in her stomach. But, like — that episode still has a substantial marker of Kenny on it, in that Butters is emulating The Simpsons because he was replaced as Kenny’s replacement, and new fourth-friend Tweek is essentially the new Kenny.
I know this seems like quite a distance from the question of what Wendy is doing dating Stan, but I think it demonstrates how South Park is a show that is invested in its own mythology, especially the characters who were there in the beginning, in the very first episode (with the exception of Pip, I guess), long-term. South Park refuses to let go of anything.
Another complicating factor: I realize it’s now been, like, 20 years since I was the age of the characters on the show. (Well, okay, not exactly 20, but, let’s round up.) But I still distinctly remember “dating” or wanting to date boys when I was in grade school. It honestly wasn’t much of anything. We were children. We didn’t really go out together. At best we sat together sometimes. On occasion we’d partner up for something, but I was more interested in partnering up with my actual friends. Stan and Wendy might be genuinely attracted to each other, but the reason he is dating her is because he is growing up in America and pop culture and gender roles permeate his existence, and the model on which he bases his life decisions is that of his parents. It’s subconscious, but he’s a 10-year-old boy, and he’s not dating her the way 15-year-olds date, or 20-year-olds date, or 30-year-olds date. He’s dating her because it’s ingrained in him as a cultural marker and he is playing a role. But he’s not a fully formed sexual person and he’s not equipped to actually fulfill that role. In that way, I think the Stan/Wendy relationship is actually pretty true. They act more like a couple of 10-year-old kids than you have any right to expect from South Park.
But, you’re right, that doesn’t mean relegating Wendy to the role of Stan’s girlfriend is all she’s good for. Like a lot of people, part of me would love to see them do an episode that’s all about the girls, and part of me can only imagine how badly they’d fuck it up. But I do wish they’d use Wendy more, because she is a cool character.
and so it begins
wendy and tweek work at a mall as christmas elf’s.
wendy is the only person that makes tweek look tall
today was apparently ugly sweater day and i can only imagine damien being congratulated in the hallway for “actually showing some holiday spirit”
and he just stands there like
Going through old music I found on my hardrive
I will always love tween rock.
No shame ever.
(Alive with the Glory of Love - Say Anything)
I really really like AUs but like well-written AUs where everyone’s in character and all the parallels make sense and there’s all sorts of cute references to the original story and the plot is good and the writing is good and ugh I just really like AUs can I please just
Hehehe I’m kind of tired It’s almost 5 AM but I don’t want to sleep let me be in a lovery mood forever.
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skippinpuppy’s adorable genderbent sp pics make me want to draw more genderbent sp kids ……. kyle came out way younger than stan and kenny in this pic though. honestly genderbent kenny is the one i have the most fleshed out concept of (hes a sometimes-obnoxious catgirl weeaboo)
IT WAS THE BEST THING EVER
wahaaa that’s so nice, and yes there were my brain is a muddle rn
;w; …now i need to watch the next one
oh my god stan is crying
finally watching the new episode…or the second to last one
im feeling v sad would you draw me christophe? it would make me feel a lot better i think, considering i love your art so much.
here you go anon!! (i apologise for the relative crapness of this…honestly…what is this pose some kind of french jig??) i hope you feel better soon! (hopefully the mood has passed in the time it took me to draw this haha) Christophe will fight the sadness off! (with his musket and shovel i presume) <3<3
HELP! can you guys recommend me gloomy songs? something along the lines of hoarfrost from Sonic Youth or or gloomy movies, i need emotional turmoil THANK YOU!!! ♡♡♡♡♡ it is important :H: