'South Park' Asks J.J. Abrams to Reboot the National Anthem Amid Controversy

The Hollywood Reporter

South Park is back, and it's already taking on Colin Kaepernick and the national anthem protest. 

In the premiere episode of the 20th season, "Member Berries," the government in the Comedy Central cartoon ask director J.J. Abrams to reboot the national anthem so athletes and children will once again stand for the song, mirroring the Kaepernick controversy. Abrams is hailed for "saving Star Wars," so he can save the national anthem too. 

The show is able to address current issues because it is turned around so fast, each episode taking six days to create. In fact, the "Member Berries" even captured Kaepernick's recent hairstyle change.

The ongoing presidential election season is also a major plot point in the episode, a carryover from last season, when Mr. Garrison - now a Donald Trump-like figure - decided to run for president. 

Garrison, as an orange-faced Trump, is referred to by everyone as a "giant douche" and Hillary Clinton, who is depicted in the episode, is known as a "turd sandwich."

Watch the rebooted anthem below:

South Park fixes the National Anthem problem pic.twitter.com/hFP6PF1k3W

- CJ Fogler (@cjzero) September 15, 2016

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