TFBW Game Is A Blessing For Craig and Tweek
So, my last post about Kenny McCormick seemed to be pretty well received so I thought I would touch on another part of South Park and it’s surprisingly progressive messages despite seeming like a low brow potty humor show.
Now Craig Tucker is my second favorite character beside Kenny and obviously when most people think about him they think about his sexuality and how he is confirmed gay with Tweek Tweak. This is what I want to touch on despite knowing people have done it before. Most of my points are about TFBW so if you haven’t played it please be aware I am spoiling one of the quests within the game and thus you might want to look away.
You’ve been warned.
Now in TFBW you find that before the game even starts, Craig and Tweek have separated after an argument. Talking with Craig brings to light that they fought because Tweek decided to split from Coon and Friends and join Freedom pals and had expected Craig to follow. Well, he didn’t. Craig stayed with Coon and Friends and views Tweek as a traitor who abandoned him. Tweek wanted to move to the far more progressive and inclusive Super Team and honestly I am on his side, but that is beside the point. In the game we mediate between the two, trying to get Craig’s laptop back that the two shared only for Tweek to rebut that he wanted Stripe #4 back because he was the one how actual bought him for them to share in a similar fashion to the laptop. Cue a fetch quest to get Stripey Boi and we then convince the two to go to counseling with Mister Mackey which has your character, Tweek and Craig, fighting some small kids which have shirts represented things like expectations, responsibility, jealousy and the likes and throughout the battle it becomes increasingly clear that the only way to win is to BAND TOGETHER WITH THE POWER OF HE-MAN…okay no, but rather for Tweek and Craig to put aside their petty squabbling and learn to understand that social pressures can only be overcome in they stand beside one another and face them head on. They join hands, get cute and funny joint ult that kicks ass, and get back together.
What I really loved about this is how the creators of South Park managed to portray a very real relationship between the two boys with their normal flair and exaggeration, without just blatantly making the gay aspect of it the only driving or interesting factor (Like Mr Slave and Big Gay Al but they are comic relief characters so I don’t have a problem with that). They both were upset the other decided not to follow/stay in the same group and through their differing ideals they were torn apart which is something that happens with real relationships everyday, Homosexual or otherwise. They have a pet together, they have battle voice lines together likes Tweek’s if you Rez him as anyone but Craig.
“If Craig were here he would have done it”.
These two have such an interesting yet pure relationship that just makes my heart melt and the creators have been very respectful yet still retaining their normal comedic edge when addressing it. I am truly thankful and proud that the show is so open and able to represent that sort of relationship and not feel the need to make it overtly stereotypical (Again, see Mr Slave and Big Gay Al). It is a great step in showing that these types of people can be shown in media without the need to make it all one big joke. They are just people trying to be people.