The television show South Park debuted a new trailer Monday for its upcoming season featuring the animated characters singing a mock national anthem, poking fun at supporters of backup NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s recent protests of the Star Spangled Banner.
The trailer was released on Twitter, coinciding with the San Fransisco 49ers game on Monday night in which Kaepernick sat on the bench as starting quarterback Blaine Gabbert led the team to a 28-0 win over the Los Angeles Rams.
The South Park characters were shown singing these lyrics:
Colin Kaepernick is great. / Cops are pigs, cops are pigs. / Wait, someone just took my stuff
I need to call the cops. / Oh, no, I just said cops are pigs. / Who’s gonna help me get my stuff?
Why did I listen to Colin Kaepernick, / He’s not even any good. / Oh, I just got all my stuff back
Cops are pigs again, cops are pigs. / Colin Kaepernick’s a good backup ...
The tweet includes a not so subtle jab at Kaepernick by asking viewers to not "sit this one out!"
— SOUTH PARQ (@SouthPark) September 13, 2016
The parody comes amid Kaerpernick’s continued refusal to stand during the national anthem to highlight what he believes are the social injustices that exist within the United States. Kaepernick said that he is "not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color."
Kaepernick’s actions have led other players and teammates to also protest the national anthem. While Kaepernick knelt Monday night, other 49ers players held up their right fists during the Star Spangled Banner. On Sunday, four players for the Miami Dolphins kneeled when the national anthem was played before their game against the Seattle Seahawks.
South Park, which airs on Comedy Central, has never shied away from weighing in on current political and social issues, and season 20 looks to be no different. South Park will kick off its 20th season on Wednesday, Sept. 14.