I’m on record as saying I consider Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creators of South Park, to be legitimate geniuses. Mensa Society type shit. They were able to turn a construction paper cartoon about fart jokes into one of the longest-running televisions shows of all time, a critically acclaimed Broadway play, dozens of video games, and the opportunity to do essentially whatever they want after their run with South Park comes to an end.
The most impressive thing about South Park‘s evolution is how it currently serves as one of the sharpest political and societal satires in American culture. When something happens in America, people think to themselves, “I wonder what South Park has to say about all of this?”
Which is why I was absolutely shocked when I found out that Parker and Stone considered Trump too ridiculous to even parody.
“It’s tricky now because satire has kind of become reality,” Parker said.
“It’s really hard to make fun of and in the last season of South Park, which just ended a month-and-a-half ago, we were really trying to make fun of what was going on but we couldn’t keep up and what was actually happening was much funnier than anything we could come up with.”
“So we decided to kind of back off and let them do their comedy and we’ll do ours.”
South Park has been in the business for two decades. They were on the air during Monica Lewinsky, 9/11, Britney Spears and Obama and all the crazy sh*t that’s happened over the last twenty years, and they always had an answer. But when it came to Trump, turns out reality was stranger than any fiction they could come up with.
I’ll be the first to admit that South Park had a down year this past season, and hopefully, this is the reason why. Next season, I hope they drop the Trump stuff and the serialized format altogether. We’re going to NEED South Park to be on their A-game for the next four years.