For 20 years, the cartoon hit South Park has been the leader of American satire. Although the show is technically about a group of small town kids, the writers often tackle the most pressing issues, including politics. It’s a formula that has earned the show legions of fans over its two-decade run.Naturally, the hysteria surrounding Donald Trump’s presidency has provided the show with plenty of fodder over the last year. Since the election, South Park has pulled no punches in going after Trump or his detractors. However, show creator Trey Parker is sick of the Trump Jokes. In fact, he thinks his show is becoming too much like CNN.
From Bizpac Review:“South Park” creator Trey Parker says his subversive show won’t feature too many Trump-themed gags in its upcoming season, a deliberate effort to avoid becoming a cable news show disguised as an animated comedy.
Parker feels his show is falling into the same trap as other late-night TV comedy staples:
We did start to become that, though, especially the last season,” he said. “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 [co-creator Matt Stone] and I hated it but we got stuck in it somehow.”However, South Park doesn’t spare anyone. Unlike Saturday Night Live and the Daily Show, South Park shows no favoritism:
“South Park” has earned legions of fans — and the distinction of being the second-longest running animated series in TV history — by skewering the sacred cows of both the progressive left and the family-values right. Over years of taking on, among other sensitive topics, Christianity, Islam, gay rights, illegal immigration, and transgenderism
Despite the hysteria surrounding Trump, Parker doesn’t want his show to turn into an anti-Trump propaganda tool. Although it may come at the expense of ratings, South Park will return to more traditional content next season. Clearly, CNN should take a cue from South Park.[Note: This post was authored by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]