Blackwater’s South Park Debut

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It wasn’t a matter of if this would happen, but when. In a promo for the upcoming season of South Park, Eric Cartman strolls into an armory: “Yes, I would like 500-AK-47s please,” he says to an official sitting behind a desk.

“500 AK-47s?” the official responds. “OK, but you’re going to have to sign for those.”

“Not a problem,” Cartman says.

Apparently, this was more or less the scene that took place in a weapons depot outside of Kabul in September 2008 when some Blackwater wisenheimer signed for 211 AKs he was unauthorized to have using the alias Eric Cartman.

“It makes perfect sense. It’s the name I would use,” South Park co-creator Trey Parker told the Huffington Post a couple weeks ago. “Our first reaction to any story is ‘How do we put this into the show?’ and the second reaction is ‘Did Cartman do that?'”

Tune in March 17 for the season 14 premier to see if Cartman makes Blackwater respect his authoritah.

(H/T Danger Room, Attackerman)

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