Latest “South Park” Episode Raises Concern about Social Work Title
The latest episode of the irreverent adult cartoon “South Park” has raised concerns about the use of the social work title.
In the Nov. 17 episode that aired on Comedy Central, authorities take Kenny and his siblings away from his dysfunctional parents and put them in foster care.
The children are interviewed by Mr. Adams, a case worker who wants to be a comedian and uses the session to practice his routine and poke fun at the Penn State sex abuse scandal.
“Now I have been looking over your file and I see you kids have been horribly, physically and emotionally abused,” Adams said. “Oh, whoops. That isn’t your case file. It’s the Penn State University Gazette! Hah hah! I’m joking. That’s just a joke. We like to have fun here. It is your case file!”
Adams never refers to himself as a social worker.
Still, news organizations that follow the entertainment industry such as Entertainment Weekly, AOL TV and The Inquisitr released stories that said “South Park” used a social worker character to joke about Penn State.
Casework is a job that may not require a degree in social work. Social work is a profession that requires years of specialized education and training. Although some social workers practice casework the two should not be confused.| Leave A Comment