Today’s leftist comedy criterion is gauged by how much a comedian bitches about Donald Trump (see Why Sarah Silverman’s ‘Trump is Hitler’ Comparison is Just Terrible ‘Comedy’ and Dave Chappelle Returns. Leftists Whine About ‘Offensive’ Jokes. Prove Why Everyone Hates Them). According to leftists then, South Park is about to be a lot less “funny” if Trey Parker, a co-creator of South Park, has anything to say about it:
Yeah, and it’s also just gotten boring. 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 did start to become that, though, especially the last season. 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.
If I may offer an opinion. They got “stuck in it” because mocking Trump was the trendy, “woke” thing to do. And now it’s just become pedestrian. In an effort to reclaim originality, some comedians are trying to undo their boring “humor” of the past. Just my theory.
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.
Nor do viewers, who likely watch a cartoon to get away from presidential politics, which they can watch on just about any other channel. At least this guy figured out his audience’s tastes. We can’t say the same for ESPN (a “sports” network) which keeps pushing politics like a vegan pushes tofu.
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.
Setting aside my skepticism that he’d get “crazy ratings” for covering Trump like CNN covers animated gifs, kudos for at least trying to be creative. Not constantly using OMG TRUMP as the tired punchline of every joke.
It’s fine to mock a politician. But if you’re going to go that route, at least be original about it.
Want to see something edgy? Here’s Steven painting Muhammad with “period blood.”