**Warning: This article contains spoilers for the South Park pandemic special. Read at your own risk.**
South Park fans were left shocked after the hour-long pandemic special, which aired in America last night, summed up police brutality.
While looking back at the events of 2020, the episode delivered everything fans could have wanted.
From facemask controversy to Zoom meeting chaos, and even a trip to China with Mickey Mouse, creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone managed to squeeze this year’s confusion into 60 minutes of the controversial cartoon – and honestly, we’re impressed.
However, there was one scene which struck a nerve with fans, especially in wake of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Raiding Butters’ school, a swarm of ‘cop-teachers’ interrupted a lesson to make sure the Covid-19 guidelines were being adhered to.
And while a fight broke out between two white characters, the policeman started to shoot at Token Black, before blaming coronavirus for their actions.
Fans immediately took to Twitter where they expressed their horror at the scene, especially as Token was minding his own business when the shot was fired.
‘Did #SouthPark just police brutality Token???’ one wrote while another said: ‘They done shot Token. Just a matter of time the black kid on #SouthPark dies from police brutality. RIP TOKEN. We love you.’
Someone else added: ‘The fact that they shot Token when he wasn’t even involved in the fight.’
And it seems others were as equally moved: ‘Token gets killed by the cops, they falsely write it off as COVID and then everyone just forgets about it Man…’
It’s unknown whether or not Token survived the gunshot, as he was shortly rushed to hospital with ‘coronavirus symptoms’. Although some fans are convinced he won’t be making a return.
The episode aired shortly after the global BLM protests which happened in wake of George Floyd’s death.
Floyd died after a the policeman Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes, despite him saying he could not breathe.
South Park airs on Comedy Central.
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