On the other hand, Cartman has remained my biggest problem with South Park for years. He's effectively the avatar for Parker and Stone: rich, white, spoiled libertarians who justify their cruelty with a precocious wink about how they're right because, well, I guess it's funny. The libertarian bent of the creators are almost guaranteed to be reflected through Cartman, who projects the constant message "hey, you know what sucks? Any form of progress that disadvantages me personally." Who cares if "everyone acknowledges he's an asshole?" He himself never learns he is, and in most cases embraces it, with Parker and Stone hoping you embrace it too.
Essentially, the message of that episode was that everyone has free will, so alcoholism can't possibly seen as anything other than a personal, moral failure.
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