By waezi2 13 Comments
I know that “Tweek X Craig” is old news and that there has been made a load of post about this awesome episode, but screw that, here is another one:)
There has been a lot of talk about the episode, about how good intentions can backfire, about Craig’s dad and about whether or not Tweek is in the closet. But I would like to make an analysis of the song played at the end of the episode called “The Ballad of Tweek and Craig”.
What I find very important about the sequence is not so much Tweek and Craig, but how the world around them is affected by them. The adults in the town are happier now that Tweek and Craig are a “couple” again. As much as the adults would like to think that it is because they are happy for the boys, it is more likely that it is what Tweek and Craig represent to them; true love is a possibility.
You see, one of the greatest things about South Park is how mean-spirited honest it can be about us and the stupid shit we do. It can be refreshing to be told straight from the shoulder that we are being stupid dicks and excusing it away won’t solve anything, that we should do, not try. There is nothing wrong with saying “to hell with sentimentality, here is the truth”. So when the show is kinder than usual, it hits hard. Like the episode “The Biggest Douche in the Universe” where Stan tries to prove to Kyle that the psychic John Edward is a glorified party magician and that he DOES NOT speak to the death. Stan is at first extremely annoyed by the people who buys into Edward’s bullcrap, but then he makes THIS little I-learned-something-today speech:
“At first I thought you were all just stupid, listening to this douche’s advice, but now I understand that you’re all here because you’re scared. You’re scared of death and he offers you some kind of understanding. You all want to believe in it so much, I know you do. You find comfort in the thought that your loved ones are floating around trying to talk to you, but think about it: Is that really what you want? To just be floating around after you die, having to talk to this asshole? We need to recognize this stuff for what it is: magic tricks. Because whatever’s really going on in life and in death is much more amazing than this douche.”
See? South Park thinks that you are making a mistake giving Edwards your time, attention and money, but the show also tells you that it understands WHY you would want to believe him.
It’s kinda the same with the episode “Tweek X Craig”.
In “Tweek X Craig”. everyone in our little beloved mountain town believes that Tweek and Craig are a couple after some Asian girls draws fanart of them. Kind of a problem since Tweek and Craig AREN’T a couple.
At the end of the episode, Tweek and Craig hold hands, appearing to be a couple to the rest of the town, and the song “The Ballad of Tweek and Craig” is played, giving us a moment similar to Stan’s speech in “The Biggest Douche in the Universe”; a dude-we-get-it moment.
Shipping is silly. Especially if you ship two people who never showed anything resembling romantic interest in each other. It can even be downright creepy. And hey, I’m no better than any of you, I ship myself, like Pearl and Blue Pearl, Rad and Shannon or Finn and Flame Princess. But let’s be honest for a minute; it is REALLY not so much about us thinking that the ones we ship together belonging to each other or something like that, it’s about love as a concept.
Part of the song goes like this:
And in the darkness we all seek, A perfect love like Craig and Tweek.
We must fight or love’s a goner. We must hold Tweek and Craig with the Highest honor!
See, South Park thinks shipping is silly, but it doesn’t as such berates us for shipping. It treats it’s audience with respect but still asks the question: Maybe it is not so much about Tweek being with Craig as it is about people loving each other in this big, scary world?
If that is the case, that could explain what makes same-sex shipping so appealing.
Wendy makes a speech at the beginning of the episode where she tells the school what she THINKS “Yaoi” is:
And she is not entirely wrong. Wendy’s speech is naturally extremely ironic since everyone in town does nothing but tell Tweek and Craig that they support their love and downright obsess over their “relationship”. But in a world where we despite all our progress STILL have a hard time getting LGBT represented in medias, yaoi illustrations seems like an alternative to get an art-form that tells us that love is beautiful no matter if it involves a male and female, two females or two males.
That’s just my two cents.
I’m Waezi2, and thanks for wasting time with me.