‘South Park’ creators say they’ll ‘back off’ Trump
Despite speculation that the Trump administration will give “South Park” an endless supply of comedic material to work with, the show’s creators say that they’re likely to “back off” targeting the president.
In an interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Trey Parker and Matt Stone said satirizing the current political climate has become increasingly difficult because “satire has kind of become reality.”
“We were really trying to make fun of what was going on, but we couldn’t keep up,” Parker said. “You know, it was, like, what was actually happening was way funnier than anything we could come up with.”
“So, we decided to just kind of back off and let them do their comedy, and we’ll do ours,” Parker said.
“Take a little break, let everyone in government do their comedy,” Stone added.
The animated comedy series has become known for its bizarre and often slapstick critiques of current affairs and politicians on both sides of the aisle.
A long-running gag in the show, for example, is framing U.S. elections as a choice between a “giant douche” and a “turd sandwich.”
That metaphor lasted into the 2016 election, as well, illustrating both Hillary Clinton and a blatantly Trump-esque candidate as unappealing choices.
“People say to us all the time, ‘You guys are getting all this good material,’ like we’re happy about some of the stuff that’s happening,” Stone said. “But I don’t know if that’s true.”
“They’re going out and doing the comedy,” Parker added. “Like, they’re already doing it, so it’s not like something you can make fun of.”
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