In an age when everything from a Gap Kids ad to lingerie inspire reliable social media outrage, one longstanding institution has managed to stay clear of the fire, while being an obvious target.
South Park completed yet another season of unpolitically correct jokes pillorying the most sensitive topics in America.
They started off by sporking Colin Kaepernick, Black Lives Matter, and essentially implied the entire season that women aren’t funny.
Cartman even spent half the season in a shirt that said “Token Lives Matter,” a reference to the character Token, the only black kid at South Park elementary. Usually Black Lives Matter activists are extremely sensitive towards the appropriation of their slogan, yet on South Park, they’re silent.
Even the usually sensitive Amy Schumer had no comment toward South Park mocking her throughout the season even though they share the same network.
“Every time Amy Schumer talks about her vagina, I lose my f–king mind,” Cartman would say insincerely.
I spend all my work days looking for PC outrage on social media, and yet it is incredibly difficult to find any toward South Park. There’s virtually none.
It’s like the show has found some way to get all of America in on the joke.
Sure this wasn’t a great season of South Park. Especially compared to the brilliant Whole Foods saga of last year. But the show has still maintained its cultural relevance 20 years in and along the way has lost the burden of moral outrage over its content.
Whether you’re a red blooded conservative or raging liberal, somehow South Park has managed to treat its entire audience as the in-group. Equal opportunity mocking and skillful centrist politics have led to a 2016 internet miracle.