Tweek x Craig
- 1 About
- 2 Characters
- 3 Locations
- 4 Behind The Scenes
- 5 Pop Culture References
- 6 Bonus Factoids
- 7 Season 19
Love is in the air. The Asian girls in school are drawing dreamy pictures of Tweek and Craig. The news of a romantic relationship between Tweek and Craig hits South Park Elementary. Meanwhile, Cartman, who struggles to understand his friends’ relationship, finds he has an admirer of his own.
What I Learned Today
- "I guess, just because I don't understand it doesn't mean I shouldn't support it."
- "You can't fight being gay. I used to think that being gay was a choice, but, you don't get to decide. Japan picks who they pick, and that's that. I don't understand this stuff. Heck, I didn't even know Don King got raped, but... I do know that if you try and resist it, you make yourself miserable your whole life. Everuone was so proud of you, Ah I was just being selfish. I wanna be proud of you too."
- "Who the hell is Michael? Do you wanna tell me that?!" (Tweek Tweak)
- "You've got spikes man, you've got spikes." (Tweek Tweak)
- "I'm your Tweek, and you're my Craig."
- "Aww." (Liane Cartman)
None of the Asian Girls are identified by name, but Wendy mentions the names Lisa Akimoto, Kelly Joo (or Zhou), and Heather Nishimura, two of which are Japanese in origin. Three of the girls speak, one of which is Japanese, and two of which are Korean.
Randy briefly calls up Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the Communist Party of the People's Republic of China, to talk about Yaoi, and Jinping tells him that's from Japan. He and his secretary seem to be in love.
These characters only have one or two lines, or none at all, but do appear in the episode, if briefly.
Mayor McDaniels' former lover/boyfriend/husband is first referenced here, although he's been dead for quite some time as far as we can tell.
Behind The Scenes
Where Did The Idea Come From
Tweek x Craig, also known as Creek, is a popular "ship" (a romantic pairing of characters) in the South Park Yaoi/Slash community. Fans within this community often create fanfiction or fan art depicting their 'ship' in romantic contexts, usually as teenagers or young adults. These depictions are controversial among South Park fans.
The day before the episode was announced, South Park Studios asked fans to submit their Yaoi fan art for inclusion in the show, setting off speculation over the then-unannounced upcoming episode.
In the episode description released the Monday before air it was mentioned Mr. Mackey was supposed to hunt down whoever started the rumor. This scene/plot was not included in the final episode, and Mackey only appears brifly behind PC Principal in a cameo role, however. An animatic of one of these scenes was released on Instagram by Trey's wife, Boogie.
Matt and Trey solicited real Yaoi art from South Park fans the week before the episode aired, which was in turn processed by the administrators of South Park Studios here (over 1,500 pieces of art!) and finally contained in the episode itself, along with a 'thank you' to all of the fans who contributed.
Here's some of the awesome artwork chosen for the final product:
- "Creek Kiss" by xChibiDragonx is the very first image shown during Wendy's presentation, and reappears at the Art Fair.
- This piece by Dogpu appears at the Art Fair (6:12)
- "Craig x Tweek" by blindingmyheart appears at the Art Fair (6:12)
- junkoandthediamonds' piece can be seen for sale at the Art Fair (6:17) (Artist Response)
- This piece by BeansOfYuki is one of the pieces Mayor McDaniels views in her office. (6:24)
- Earily is the only artist so far confirmed to have multiple pieces in the show, with THREE pieces of art!
More to come!
All timestamps begin after disclaimer and opening credits.
The South Park storyboard team also created a lot of the art used in the episode, particularly the second half after Tweek and Craig's messy public break-up. They also filmed the cosplay video for the show!
Pop Culture References
- Two songs feature over montages during this episode -- Peter Gabriel's "The Book of Love" (2010) and A Great Big World's "Say Something" (2013).
- Thomas Tucker's line to Tweek, "Why can't you quit him?", is a reference to the 2005 film Brokeback Mountain, which followed two 'straight' male cowboys who fall in love.
- Junkoandthediamonds' art piece is a reference to the 1988 film Heathers.
- The Rape of Don King is a reference to the historical "Rape of Nanking" in 1937, when Japanese troops marched on the residents of Chinese Nanjing, then Nanking, and murdered and raped many innocent civilians.
- This incident was previously referenced in "City Sushi".
- Just a few episodes earlier, Mayor McDaniels suggested that the town's "beloved Craig" was a homosexual.
- While previous episodes hinted that Mayor McDaniels was a lesbian, such as her reading a 'Gazongas' magazine in "Spontaneous Combustion", this episode reveals she has a deceased husband.
- Wendy has become South Park Elementary's student body president again after resigning at the end of Dances With Smurfs.
- While it's common to see Damien Thorn in assembly scenes these days, one can briefly catch a glimpse at Nathan present as well.
- The Tweak family's address is revealed as "20288", but they don't seem to be on Avenues des los Mexicanos where the main boys live.
- Butters and Charlotte are still together and can be seen Skyping during the song segments.
- Bradley Biggle makes a cameo in the background when Stan and Kyle talk about Randy's knowledge of Yaoi.
- This is actually the first time we ever see Skeeter managing his bar, Skeeter's Wine Bar, and the first time we've seen the interior since it was given a more progressive look in "You're Not Yelping" -- it's also the first time Skeeter's spoken in six years!
- ep1 Stunning and Brave
- ep2 Where My Country Gone?
- ep3 The City Part of Town
- ep4 You're Not Yelping
- ep5 Safe Space
- ep6 Tweek x Craig
- ep7 Naughty Ninjas
- ep8 Sponsored Content
- ep9 Truth and Advertising
- ep10 PC Principal Final Justice