You can’t turn on the TV anymore without hearing Trump’s name.
Amongst the liberal mainstream media, late-night talk shows, and mostly lousy stand-up comedians, it’s all Trump bashing all the time.
But there is a comedy show staple that is refusing to denigrate the President in their upcoming season.
Comedy Central’s South Park has been around for over 20 years.
The popular animated show starring four young boys from South Park, Colorado pulls all the punches in satirizing and parodying current events.
But you might be surprised that the creators of South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, really don’t consider themselves liberal Democrats like the other Hollywood elites.
They made fun of atheist Richard Dawkins and then-Democratic nominees for president John Kerry and Hillary Clinton as much as anyone else.
They don’t play favorites.
But with Saturday Night Live berating Trump on a weekly basis and CNN constantly shoving Trump in their viewers’ faces, Parker and Stone are fully aware that bashing Trump has become old and benign.
Trey Parker says the upcoming season of his hit comedy series South Park won’t be telling the same ‘boring’ President Trump jokes that other shows tend to.
In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Parker laments falling into the Trump joke ‘trap’ in season 20 and explains why South Park’s 21st season will avoid lambasting the president.
“It’s just gotten boring,” Parker told the outlet. “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.”
They did certainly make fun of Donald Trump during last season, which aired during the height of the 2016 General Election.
But they publicly told Bill Simmons on his The Ringer podcast that the season didn’t feel fresh because every other show contained the same stale jokes.
If you know South Park at all, that’s not in their DNA. They have quite possibly one of the most unique shows ever created.
“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 [Stone] and I hated it, but we got stuck in it somehow,” Parker explained.
“We probably could put up billboards [saying] ‘Look what we’re going to do to Trump next week!’ and get crazy ratings,” Parker said. “But I just don’t care.”
Giving some insight into what loyal fans can expect to see next season, Parker said:
“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 [expletive] anymore.”
Personally, Parker says President Trump is ‘not intentionally funny, but he is intentionally using comedic art to propel himself.’
“The things that we do—being outrageous and taking things to the extreme to get a reaction out of people—he’s using those tools,” Parker said of the president.
“At his rallies he gets people laughing and whooping. I don’t think he’s good at it. But it obviously sells. It made him president.”
Season 21 of South Park will premiere on Aug. 23 on Comedy Central.
However you feel about South Park – whether it’s disdain because of trashy offensiveness or if it has never tickled your funny bone – at least they have the know-how to recognize what’s become cliché week-to-week, which is something every other comedian or show can’t say.