South Park’s Trey Parker Reveals Why He’s Steering Clear Of Donald Trump In Upcoming Season
South Park has historically been a show that doesn’t directly generate its content based on the political landscape of the time. But, in the past few seasons, Trey Parker and Matt Stone have indulged the public’s craving to incorporate real world politics into the small town of South Park, making for some hilarious television but also neglecting to provide an escape for us stoners who for just one second don’t want to be face fucked by politics.
In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, co-creator Trey Parker said that in season 21, South Park will veer away from creating episodes through a political lens.
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.
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.
Whatever direction Trey and Matt decide to take the show, I will follow them into the abyss. They can do no wrong.