In Appreciation of Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo
Posted January 31, 2017 in Humor
Mr. Hankey first appeared in “Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo,” the ninth episode in the first season of the animated TV series South Park. For the unenlightened, Mr. Hankey is a personified, animated piece of poo that might come to your town if you eat your fiber on Christmas Eve. Like Rudolf and Frosty, Mr. Hankey has his own Christmas song. Here’s a brief excerpt:
Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo
Small and brown, he comes from you.
Sit on the toilet, here he comes
Squeeze and tween your festive buns!
A present from down below
Spreading joy with a “Howdy Ho!”
He’s seen the love inside of you
Cos he’s a piece of poo!
Sometimes he’s nutty, sometimes he’s corny
He can be brown or greenish-brown
But if you eat fiber on Christmas Eve
He might come to your town.
Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo,
He loves me, I love you.
Therefore, vicariously, he loves you.
“I can make a Mr. Hankey, too!”
Although the irreverent humor of South Park crossed the line for many people, Mr. Hankey performed a valuable public service, making it more acceptable to talk about poo and giving parents an effective potty-training tool. Many parents who struggled to potty train their children have reported instant success after their children encountered Mr. Hankey and realized that they could make their own Mr. Hankey!
For a brief period after his appearance on South Park, Mr. Hankey became somewhat of a cult figure and was marketed as an action figure and a Christmas tree ornament (see image below left). He was also depicted on numerous T-shirts and was mentioned in a book — Poop Culture: How America Is Shaped by Its Grossest National Product. As recently as this Christmas, his image graced a number of Denny’s holiday-themed storefront windows in Las Vegas, Nevada, as shown below right (although Denny’s might tell you that’s animated French Toast).
Although there is no shortage of scatological humor in worlds of literature and entertainment, we tip our hats to Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo, for his contribution in making the taboo topic of poop and pooping more acceptable to discuss, while making us chuckle and helping at least a few parents and their children successfully navigate a major rite of passage.