In recent seasons, Comedy Central’s “South Park” has opted for a more serialised and current affairs style, especially with its twentieth season which put the focus on satirising President Donald Trump.
Speaking with The Los Angeles Times, co-creator Trey Parker says the plan for the upcoming twenty-first season is to ditch all that and go back to the more ‘kids being kids’ standalone eps familiar from the show’s golden years:
“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 and I hated it but we got stuck in it somehow.
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 … anymore. We probably could put up billboards — ‘Look what we’re going to do to Trump next week!’ — and get crazy ratings. But I just don’t care.”
Parker also added that two seasons ago with the ‘PC Principal’ storyline and its skewering of political correctness, he and co-creator Matt Stone thought it would be the end for them: “we were like, ‘this is it — we’re going to get run out of town with our middle finger up.’ Because we felt the culture changing, and I think it still is on that track.”
The new season of “South Park,” now with less current political satirising, returns to Comedy Central on Wednesday, August 23rd.