South Park has never been afraid to call out businesses/people. They’ve made episodes calling out Disney, the NBA, NAMBLA (no, not you Marlon Brando look-alikes.) Now that I think about it, almost every episode has at least one call out or flaw pointed out. They’re not alone on this one. Simpsons did it! Family Guy did it. In this case, I’m talking about the medical benefits of marijuana and the issues it currently faces.
Simpsons had a whole episode about it. Weekend at Burnsie’s had Homer Simpson prescribed/recommended medical marijuana. This leads to a ban on medical marijuana in Springfield. Family Guy had a whole song about it, and if you’re like me you know have that “Bag of Weed” song stuck in your head (or at least the 3 lines I remember…)
South Park went the extra mile. They’ve gone as far as to have arguably the most popular character, Randy Marsh, start legally growing and selling marijuana (don’t forget, this show is based in Colorado, so, you know…)
Unfortunately, or fortunately (depending on who you are and how you look at it,) South Park called out MedMen. The entire segment in court is based on what happened in New York where dispensaries (including the aforementioned) went out of their way to try to keep homegrown marijuana illegal for some extremely ridiculous reasons. Of course, the episode went the extra mile and, well, no spoilers here.
What interests me most is the MedMen response. The CEO of MedMen, Adam Bierman, made some unexpected statements in an interview with Forbes. Bierman says he’s “humbled.” He interprets South Parks choice to call out MedMen as meaning they’re “the mainstream cannabis brand.” He says this makes them “culturally relevant.”
Either he’s misinterpreting what South Park meant or he’s deflecting hard. That’s my take from this, anyways. What’s yours?