Stan becomes distracted from the upcoming football game because his dog is gay, so he turns to the gayest man in town for advice, Big Gay Al.




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Mary Kay Bergman ...
Pet-Owner #1 / Pet-Owner #2 (voice) (as Shannen Cassidy)
Stan Marsh / Eric Cartman / Clyde / Bill / Fosse / Mr. Garrison / Bookie / Man in Crowd #1 / Man in Crowd #2 / Man in Crowd #3 / Ned Gerblanski / Robert / TV Announcer #2 / Carl / Big Gay Al / Frank Hammond / Richard Stamos / Pet-Owner #3 (voice)
Kyle Broflovski / Kenny McCormick / Pip Pirrup / Jimbo Kern / TV Announcer #1 / Jesus / Gay Lion / Second Game Announcer / Man in Crowd #4 / Pet-Owner #4 (voice)
Chef (voice)
Sparky (voice)


Stan is upset that his dog Sparky is, by all appearances, gay. After repeated attempts to change Sparky's ways, Stan cries out, "I don't want a gay dog!" causing Sparky to run away. When Stan goes looking for him, he encounters Big Gay Al and his sanctuary for gay pets. Big Gay Al helps show Stan that gay people are just like everyone else and that being gay isn't something that can just be changed. Meanwhile, the South Park football team is facing North Park for the annual game, and everyone is depending on quarterback Stan to help the team beat the spread. Will Stan make it back from Al's in time? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <>

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3 September 1997 (USA)  »

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When the episode was under production in 1997, it was relatively uncommon for a television series to openly address homosexuality in such overt terms, especially in a cartoon. As a result, Trey Parker and Matt Stone said Comedy Central executives expressed more concern about this than any other previous episode. Parker said of the network, "I don't think they ever really discouraged it, but they were definitely freaked out". The network, however, did object to scenes in which one of the football sports commentators made offensive jokes and was silenced by the other commentator. The network particularly objected to a joke in which, after watching Kyle run, the commentator said, "I haven't seen a Jew run like that since Poland 1938", a reference to the country's invasion by Nazi Germany (which actually took place in 1939). The jokes were based on a number of real-life offensive remarks sports commentators made and gotten in trouble for. Stone said the scenes were meant to parody the commentators, not the subjects of the jokes. However, they were only allowed to stay in after what Stone called "a big fight" with Comedy Central. See more »


When Richard Stamos says "I can do it!" and Mr. Garrison says "Do what?", Garrison does not have Mr. Hat on his hand. See more »


Uncle Jimbob: C'mon Ned. We have to get our asses to the bookie.
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References Orgazmo (1997) See more »


It's Okay to Be Gay
Written and Performed by Trey Parker
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This Classic Series Just Gets Better And Better!
25 July 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is a must see if you are A South Park Fan! If you have not seen it yet, I can tell you broadly what the episode is all about. This charming little episode deals with homosexuality and Sparky (Stan's Dog) is feeling left out, because he is only attracted to male dogs, so he finds Big Gay Al who takes him and Stan on a Big Gay Boat Ride! Stan has a sports match to deal with so it is up to him whether or not to show if being gay matters or not. As usual, Kenny is killed off at the end of the episode. One of the ten stars was knocked off, because of the very poor horsey being blown up at the very end. :(

Overall Rating: 9/10!

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