South Park Heads Back To The Basics

July 5, 2017

Long time South Park fans have been taken to some amazing places along the journey following the four boys we all know and love! And to many, the show hit a critical stride as Seasons 18 and 19 wove together breaking news cycles and social commentary albeit for the better!

 

Season 20 started out like the others, a continual time line - unusual for a show that ran so many seasons without it - And it was as epic as we thought it would be. But the unprecedented and for Matt and Trey Parker the unexpected results of the election, threw a pejorative wrench in their story-line. We Felt it, They Felt it, and soon had a startling realization:

 

"We weren’t ever really that show. We would do an entire season and there would be one moment that played off something that had just happened and people would go, “ ‘South Park’ is the show that does that.” And that’s just not true. We’re not.

 

"We fell into the same trap that Saturday Night Live fell into, where it was like, "Dude, we're just becoming CNN now, We're becoming: 'Tune in to see what we're going to say about Trump.' Matt and I hated it, but we got stuck in it somehow."

 

Trey Parker

Interview with LA Times

 

 

These titans of cartoon comedy are in no way creatively deterred citing:

 

"This season I want to get back to Cartman dressing up like a robot and [screwing] with Butters, because to me that's the bread and butter of South Park: kids being kids and being ridiculous and outrageous but not "did you see what Trump did last night?" Because I don't give a ... anymore. We probably could put up billboards—"Look what we're going to do to Trump next week!"—and get crazy ratings. But I just don't care."

 

Trey Parker

Interview with LA Times

 

Later on in the interview, Trey alludes South Park could be coming to an end if they continue to succumb to the ire of Political Correctness as many other edgy shows and comedians experience from time to time:

 

"Every year in the middle of the season, we say, “OK, this is it.” And we really thought that two seasons ago when we were doing all the PC Principal stuff. We were like, “This is it — we’re going to get run out of town with our middle finger up.” Because we felt the culture changing, and I think it still is on that track."

 

"The witch hunt is coming. Our day is coming. One of these days, out of nowhere, we’ll do something and they’ll go, “How dare you!” — and we’ll be done."

 

"But what people don’t realize is, we’ve thought this for 20 years. We’ve been ready for it. Our bags are packed in the car and we’re ready to go back to Colorado. And it’s cool, man."

 

Trey Parker

Interview with LA Times

 

Overall, South Park has stood the test of time, and if allowed, could easily keep Kyle, Stan, Cartman, and Kenny, in Elementary school for another 20 years! Mmkaay??

 

-Anthony Ayala
 

 

 

 

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