At the end of 2016, I wrote a year-in-review article describing how Donald Trump has eluded ridicule by being too absurd for comedians to parody. Now South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker have decided to “back off” Trump because he is too hard to satirize.
The two were recently interviewed for Australian program 7:30 where they explained their decision to stop focusing on current events. “It’s tricky now because satire has become reality,” Parker said. “It’s really hard to make fun of, and in the last season of South Park, which just ended a month-and-a-half ago, we were really trying to make fun of what was going on but we couldn’t keep up, and what was actually happening was much funnier than anything we could come up with.”
“So we decided to kind of back off and let them do their comedy and we’ll do ours.” See the rest of their explanation in the clip below.
South Park featured a Trump storyline throughout the last season, which included a post-election episode that had to be changed at the last minute to mirror the Trump victory. The original episode was supposed to be called “The Very First Gentleman,” a play off of Bill Clinton’s title had Hillary won. Instead, the episode went in an entirely different direction and was ultimately titled, “Oh, Jeez!”