Go Fund Yourself
|"Go Fund Yourself"|
|South Park episode|
|Directed by||Trey Parker|
|Written by||Trey Parker|
|Original air date||September 24, 2014|
"Go Fund Yourself" is the first episode of the eighteenth season of the animated television series South Park, and the 248th episode of the series overall. The episode premiered on Comedy Central on September 24, 2014. The boys from South Park decide to create a startup company funded through Kickstarter so that they never have to work again. In the process of deciding on a name, they realize that the Washington Redskins football team has lost its trademark to the name due to it being considered offensive to Native Americans, so they decide to use that name for their company. The new company receives enough money that the boys running it can live luxuriously without doing any work, until the football team destroys Kickstarter's servers during a raid, meaning the boys are unable to access their startup company page and receive their money.
The episode received positive reviews from critics.
Stan, Kyle, Cartman, Kenny, and Butters decide to leave school and get rich quick by creating a start-up company through crowdfunding website Kickstarter. Because of the vogue for crowdfunding, they have a hard time getting an original name that is not already taken. When Cartman finds out that the Washington Redskins football team has lost the trademark to their team name, he suggests using it for their company. This angers Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, who confronts Cartman for using their name. Failing to convince Cartman to change his company name, Snyder and his football team try to disassociate themselves with the company as it gains popularity for its do-nothing policy. With ISIS also supporting them, Kyle and Stan leave to form their own start-up company, which Stan eventually also quits.
During that time, Snyder becomes increasingly frustrated by the company, and manages to convince the other NFL owners to use their connection to have Cartman change his company's logo. However, Cartman only responds to the demand by adding hand-drawn breasts and a penis to the Redskins logo. This leads to Snyder and his team breaking into Kickstarter headquarters at night and burning it to the ground. However, Cartman, Kyle, and Stan reconcile after losing the money they earned from their Kickstarter projects, and refurbish their company into a replacement for Kickstarter to make money off their clients. Everything goes well for the boys until the Redskins' game against the Dallas Cowboys when Snyder himself is forced to play in place of his disillusioned team and is severely injured in the process. Taking pity on the team owner, the townspeople form a mob against the boys' company, threatening to boycott them unless the boys change the name. Rather than change their company name, the boys instead decide to close it down and go back to school.
To promote the episode, Comedy Central purchased commercial time on Fox owned-and-operated station WTTG in Washington, D.C. while it aired the Redskins' game against the Philadelphia Eagles on September 21, 2014. The teaser features Snyder, head coach Jay Gruden and quarterback Robert Griffin III confronting Cartman about using the Washington Redskins name. However, it is Kirk Cousins who appears in the actual episode to reflect the fact he has replaced Griffin on the field while the latter recovers from an ankle injury.
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The episode received a B− from The A.V. Club's Eric Thurm. Thurm praised the episode's parody of recent controversy in the NFL, but also criticized its startup satire for "happening at the basest level possible".
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- "South Park 'Benches' RG3 for Kirk Cousins, Takes Down NFL in Season Debut (Video)". New England Sports Network. September 25, 2014.
- Thurm, Eric (September 24, 2014). "South Park: "Go Fund Yourself"". The A.V. Club. The Onion, Inc.
- Nicholson, Max (September 24, 2014). "South Park: "Go Fund Yourself" Review". IGN.