"The Death Camp of Tolerance"
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Episode no. Season 6
Episode 14
Production no. 614
Original airdate November 20, 2002
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"The Death Camp of Tolerance" is the fourteenth episode of Season Six, and the 93rd overall episode of South Park. It aired on November 20, 2002.[1]


Mr. Garrison does what he can to get fired for being gay so he can sue the school for millions of dollars. This turns out to be easier said than done because the parents and school staff feel they have to be tolerant no matter what.


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In this episode, Mr. Garrison is promoted from being the kindergarten teacher to the fourth grade teacher, after having been previously demoted for admitting to being a homosexual. However, realizing that getting fired could allow him to sue the school for millions, he decides, along with his S&M partner, Mr. Slave to do outrageous acts in the classroom, culminating with performing gerbilling with the class pet, Lemmiwinks.

The children's parents, hearing the children complain about their gay teacher, feel they are intolerant and send them to the "Museum of Tolerance" (where, at the end of their tour, the museum guide interrupted a haughty, condescending spiel about tolerating others to viciously castigate a smoker). When this fails Mr Mackey suggests an Auschwitz-like Tolerance "Camp" which uses arts and crafts and painful labor to teach children tolerance. (the story pays homage to Schindler's List). At the camp, the children are first forced to make arts and crafts showing tolerance. Kyle gets in trouble for painting a bear.The only person who understands the children is Chef (who, after they admitted their apparent "intolerance", had asked them why they were uncomfortable around Mr. Garrison - and, when told by Kyle, made it clear that homophobia had nothing to do with their discomfort) and he himself is sent to the same exact tolerance seminar the kids were sent to when he told Principal Victoria.

Back at school, Mr. Garrison is set to receive the "Courageous Teacher Award" for overcoming adversity. Frustrated that he has not been fired, Garrison goes all out at the ceremony in a flamboyant and stereotypical gay manner. Meanwhile, Lemmiwinks traverses the regions of Mr. Slave's digestive system, receiving advice from three animal spirits who have been killed while trying to escape (a Frog King, a Sparrow Prince and a Catata Fish respectively). (They sing The Ballad of Lemmiwinks, a parody of the title song from The Hobbit, along with other songs from the movie.)

At the awards ceremony Mr. Garrison appears with his lover in an extremely stereotypical and flamboyant gay manner. While Mr. Marsh and Mr. Broflovski stare in abject horror as they realize what their sons had really been exposed to, the rest of the audience continues to call Garrison "courageous" for his actions - at which point he finally breaks down and screams at them, telling them that tolerance of something one hates is different from acceptance of it as good, and that he should not be allowed to teach the way he does. Revealing his plan to get money, Principal Victoria deems him "intolerant of his own behavior". When the parents pick the children back from the tolerance camp, they are emciated and malnourished with torn clothes and several scars, and despite the children's many (failed) attempts to inform their parents of Garrison's behavior throughout the episode, the parents tell them that they should have told their parents about Mr. Garrison, and about how much they "suffered" when their children were in the camp, while ignorant as usual to their boys obvious physical and psychological trauma. The emaciated and malnourished kids walk with their parents back home.

Meanwhile, Mr. Slave and Mr. Garrison are put into the camp, as per Principal Victoria's and guides analysis of Garrison's "intolerance", and Mr. Slave thinks of the horrible torture as "kind of fun". He suddenly coughs up Lemmiwinks, who has freed the spirits of other animals who got killed inside Mr. Slave's body. They appear to Lemmiwinks, and crown him the Gerbil King. Lemmiwinks exits the scene with the Ballad of Lemmiwinks playing over the credits.


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Story Elements

Museum of ToleranceMuseum of Tolerance GuideDevitzen's Tolerance CampLemmiwinks • "The Ballad of Lemmiwinks" • Mr. Slave


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