South park is one of the longest running animated shows in America with a huge fan base of fans. The show just entered their thirteenth season, perhaps stronger than ever.
1. They’ll attack anyone if they believe it will warrant a good laugh. From defaming sacred religious figures, to offending popular actors, the comedy duo believes either everything is okay to poke fun at or nothing is.
1 instance some were appalled at in the press, was when the show was conducting an episode in which Satan is holding a Halloween party in Hell in which people are expected to be wearing outfits. Satan spots someone in what appears like a Steve Irwin costume with a stingray impaling him. Satan opinions on the costume claiming it’s “too soon”, to which the person replies that it’s not a costume, implying it really is Steve Irwin at the party in Hell. To which Satan replied that he must get leave the party as it is costumes only. Such a scene appalled many on an almost international scale, but Matt and Trey make no apologies and have stood by their own work.
2. The fresh ideas. In an industry full of re-hashed plots and boring sequels, the comedy show has done hundreds upon hundreds of episodes with original and ingenious plots. The episode in which McCain and Obama’s efforts at election were really a ruse for an “Ocean’s Eleven” style theft, or in which the South Park boys want to sue Lucas and Spielberg for raping Indiana Jones and at the same time within that very episode Cartman was trying to stop an imaginary invasion of the Chinese as the “American Liberation Front”. It’s hard to imagine these kinds of episodes being conducted by any television series besides South Park. Yet the “Look Out Indy” episode had earned South Park one of it’s highest ratings as the shows’ most viewed premiere since 1999, despite perhaps offending millions at the same time.
In the long run, the show stands as the lone champion fighting for the right to poke fun at anything and everything in order to give hundreds of original comedic episodes which have won them one of the largest fan bases in television. Matt Stone and Trey Parker can boldly and proudly take responsibility for millions of laughs, and have helped to bring about change that extends beyond the boundaries of their own display as they constantly show up on the news and political talk shows with their daring messages, giving birth to another group of people who identify themselves proudly as “South Park Republicans” or more recently “South Park Libertarians”. Matt and Trey have struck a vein with America that goes deeper than simple comedy.