“Of course, the ONE time a ridiculously attractive man shows up at Louis’ home, butt naked, he turns out to be an arrogant love god. Not only that, but an arrogant love god facing a multi-million pound lawsuit, possible banishment from Mount Olympus, and a shit ton of adjustment issues.”
Alternatively: Harry is Cupid, Louis and Liam own a law firm, and they’re all getting sued.
Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792)
“Cupid as a Link Boy” (1774)
Located in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, United States
A link boy was a boy who carried a flaming torch to light the way for pedestrians at night. Linkboys were common in London in the days before street lighting. The torch was often made from burning pitch and tow.
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S19E6 - The proof regarding Cartmans sexuality, and the begging of the road to self acceptance - An analysis
As we all know, in
the last episode (s19e6 – Tweek x Craig) explores the concepts of
Yaoi and slash ships, and on a wider scale homosexuality and personal
sexual identity. Besides the main plotline focused on the new Asian
kids’ causing the town to believe that Tweek and Craig are dating and
the subsequent relationship that forms between them, there is also a
secondary storyline centred around Cartman and the re-emergence of
his imaginary alter ego ‘cupid me’.
plot seems to be one based around self discovery and his struggle to
fully understand his own sexual orientation.
To better explain
this conclusion, we must delve back in time through the show and have
a look at a situation from earlier seasons that shows a very strong
parallel with his current situation. Many fans will know who –-or
perhaps better said what – I am referring to.
In previous seasons, the puppet ‘Mr. Hat’ served as Mr. Garrison’s teaching assistant. Especially in early seasons when he was closeted Mr. Hat has been the outlet through which elements of his personality he tries to conceal are expressed. In ‘Chef Goes Nanners’ Mr. Garrison is adamant he is not racist despite evidence to the contrary, and maintains that his behavior was caused by Mr. Hat, who is apparently a KKK member. Similarly, his repressed sexual orientation often emerges through Mr. Hat, and in the episode ‘Summer Sucks’ it is even clearly stated by his psychotherapist that Mr. Hat is ‘the personification of his gay side’.
Despite this assertion and the common assumption that he is gay, he remains adamant that he is not homosexual in any shape or form and even speaks of his love of women to try and persuade people of his heterosexuality. However, after battling with himself and the projected alter ego or Mr. Hat, he eventually comes to terms with his sexuality and openly admits to being gay.
This shows many similarities with the relationship of Cartman and ‘Cupid Me’, both in ‘Cartman Finds Love’ and more importantly ‘Tweek x Craig’. It is evidenced by the reactions of others (namely Kyle and Butters) that Cupid me is merely a figment of Cartman’s imagination, and much like Mr. Hat and Mitch Connor he is a manifestation of his own suppressed thoughts and feelings.
Throughout the show there has been multiple events and interactions that heavily implicate that Cartman may be gay, and Matt and Trey themselves have previously stated that he is ‘confused’. I have previously compiled a video that contains many of these moments to help illustrate my point and I feel it may be useful here to help show what I mean.
The recent episode seems monumental in Cartman’s personal development, and indicates his own semi-conscious battle with his own sexual identity. It is unclear quite how aware he really is of what is going on, and it is feasible that he cannot face the issue head on and therefore Cupid Me is a subconscious representation of his wish to accept himself and to come to terms with his sexuality.
Cupid Me continually tries to convince Cartman to ‘give him a chance’ and sends him a message asking ‘can’t we just try?’, indicating that he is trying on some level to be accepting of this aspect of himself - his homosexuality - that he personifies in the form of Cupid Me.
However, much like Mr. Garrison whilst in his respective denial period, he insists he is ‘not a homosexual’ and ‘not attracted to guys’. Throughout the whole exchange he seems uncharacteristically conflicted, and even sad at his words. This clear uncertainty he displays shows that as his subconscious confronts him he is unsure of himself, but despite this he denies it. It seems that he may have been aware on some level of this conflict but he tries to not think about it in order to evade admitting the truth to himself - ‘I need you to stop bothering me… it’s done.’
In the gay bar he questions himself ‘what are you doing, this place isn’t you.’, but he actively seeks out this aspect of himself (in a fitting setting, no less). He feels he needs this ‘cupid me’, and he thinks he can solve things if he can work with this part of him (much like in ‘Cartman Finds Love’). However, he feels like he can’t do this without accepting himself or at least giving himself a chance - as signified by agreeing to a date with Cupid Me despite him insisting he was straight beforehand.
When you watch this exchange back and think about it in context it is very telling, and it certainly seems as if Matt and Trey intended for this to have a deeper meaning - I love the little tidbit ‘What is that kid doing here?’ ‘He’s just talking to himself.’. It really feels like a turning point, as if he’s willing to try to accept this part of him for all that it is.
And the end, with Liane walking in on him? It is very clear at this point that cupid me is little more than an extension of himself, and this just seems to reinforce this. It certainly seems now he is more willing to explore himself… in more ways than one. While he’s probably still a while away from leaving any closets, it’s beginning to look like he’s much closer self acceptance - which in itself certainly marks this as a monumental step in the development of his character.