South Park Gives Up On Trump: Satire Is Now Reality

ABC News reports:

The Donald Trump administration is too difficult to satirize because it is funny enough on its own, say Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creators of South Park. While the most recent series of their animated sitcom featured a character that clearly resembles Mr Trump, the pair made the decision to “back off” making fun of the latest US political events. It’s tricky now because satire has become reality,” Parker told us.

“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.”

  • Adam

    I agree with Matt and Trey that it is not possible to satirize this ridiculous administration. But it is NOT funny.

    • MonochromeMouse

      I think by “funny” they meant “ridiculous”. trump is the real life version of a satirical version of an insane incompetent ruler.

      • james1200

        Let’s face it, they know Sunkist Hitler is a vindictive pile of free-floating anger and that he’ll audit his enemies and otherwise harass them and that’s why they’re backing off.

        • very much this.

        • MonochromeMouse

          That too, but I’d imagine it would be pretty hard to satirize him, he acts and talks like a cartoon dictator.

        • Nychta

          Trump may be his own caricature, but there’s still plenty of room for satire, as SNL has demonstrated. I read the post and figured it had occurred to the South Park guys that they could end up on a list. The fact that my mind readily went there is in itself troubling.

        • David

          We all immediately thought the same thing, which is tragic.

        • Brian in Valdosta

          Sunkist Hitler.

          Brilliant!!!! I’ve just been referring to him as the Presidunce.

          • Man_in_the_mists

            I’ve started calling him the Infinite Goatse. An upgrade from his campaign version, which was just the Human Goatse.

      • Brian in Valdosta

        You hit the proverbial nail on its ridiculous little head, Mono.

    • Cousin Bleh

      Ya’ll are giving South Park far too much leniency here. Matt and Trey have long tried to play the “both sides suck” game; in fact, it’s spawned a concept known as “South Park Republican” (which is basically libertarian but more juvenile).

      Now that their false equivalency bullshit has given rise to actual fascists in the White House, they are reigning it it. This is a pussy move.

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  • james1200

    I’m going to fucking lose my mind…!

    Matthew McConaughey: It’s time to embrace Trump

    Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck you, McConaughey you giant pile of redneck shit!

    • Lazycrockett

      Says white, wealthy, entitled male.

      • james1200

        Exactly. He says this as Trump is stripping minorities of their rights left and right. Motherfucker!

      • HZ81

        Pays to be straight and white in Trumperica.

    • TampaDink

      He has joined Susan Sarandon…..they are both dead to me. Matthew’s corpse is to buried in a Lincoln Navigator.

      • AtticusP

        Bullshit. Stuff him in a Pinto!

        • TampaDink

          Good point.

      • bill weber

        They care what you think. Deeply.

        • TampaDink

          Well then, I suspect that they will not pay to see my movies.

    • PickyPecker

      Not sure what people see in him anyway. Marginal talent…..easy on the eyes, but that only goes so far.

    • another_steve
    • JR

      Welcome to Trumpistan.

    • i didn’t care about what he thought about politics before this, and i still don’t.

    • jimi008
    • Rex

      Those right-wingers don’t care what Hollywood thinks. Or, do they?

      • james1200

        They say that because no A-lister ever agrees with them so it pisses them off. Until now, anyway.

      • MonochromeMouse

        They do when they agree with them, they praise conservative celebrities for their “bravery”, but denounce liberal celebrities for not shutting up and acting/singing.

    • Gerry Fisher

      Matt was never the brightest bulb…

    • TexasBoy


      • MonochromeMouse

        An untalented stoner who somehow became famous for playing a minor character in an ok but not great 80s movie.

    • Cuberly

      Was he naked, stoned and playing his bongos when he said this?

    • Acronym Jim

      He has been insufferable since his Oscar win.

      • james1200

        I hate the fact that that Oscar revived his career, after all those awful romantic comedies he did almost killed it. I remember reading an article recently that said that a decade of romantic comedies by him and also by Kate Hudson is what actually killed that genre completely, lol.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      I’d sooner embrace “Failure to Launch”.

    • perversatile
      • Bryan

        The stink stays with you….

      • Prixator

        Can he eat himself then?

  • another_steve

    The Trump Administration is like Sodom and Gomorrah but without the good parts.

  • billbear1961

    “Funny” isn’t the word I’d use.

  • AtticusP

    When your president is too ridiculous for even South Park to satirize, you know you’re fucked.

  • TexasBoy

    At this morning’s prayer breakfast, he led the group in making a joyful noise unto the Lord:

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      Soon I suspect…very, very soon.

  • billbear1961

    OT: Not only did Trump authorize the action in Yemen “without sufficient intelligence, ground support or adequate backup preparations,” he also wasn’t present in the Situation Room when the disastrous raid took place!

    • PickyPecker

      Of course. If he had been there, it would have signaled that he was actually interested.

    • Rex

      He was in the Twitter room.

      • billbear1961

        No doubt–the useless monster.

    • Jamie_Johnson

      Where was Twitler? Playing golf? Getting peed on by Eastern European whores? Molesting Ivanka? Inquiring minds want to know!

      • billbear1961

        In the private residence.

    • Acronym Jim

      He was exhausted from yelling at the Australian Prime Minister.

    • Henry Auvil

      Obama famously stayed up late after his sacrosanct family dinners reading briefings and policy papers. Trump just waits for the Nielsen ratings to come out, and his twitter fingers start to twitch. It’s tragic y’all, but here we are.

  • Pollos Hermanos

    There’s always my favorite South Park moment.

    • Christopher

      “Jesus Christ!” —Mr. Slave

    • Megrim Twist

      Was it Paris Hilton or Britney Spears who went up his butt?

      • Paris Hilton.
        They had a whore-off.

        • Bryan

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      • Pollos Hermanos

        Paris Hilton.

    • ETownCanuck

      I was just gonna bring this episode up. Nothing was considered too off limits, too taboo or too ‘out there’ for them to make fun of….that they can’t come up with anything to skewer Trump with is really saying something.

  • Leo

    OT// Public Policy Polling: 4 in 10 Already Support Trump’s Impeachment:

    • Sam_Handwich

      Public Policy Polling: 6 in 10 Americans Comatose

      • billbear1961

        Many of them are callous REPTILES.

    • pj

      bet its higher than that

  • DaddyRay

    How did South Park get a tape of the Situation room

  • Sam_Handwich


    Shouting match over Russia erupts at House hearing

    video at link

  • PickyPecker
  • Capritaur

    Even the French don’t give up on satire.

  • Mike__in_Houston

    I hope SNL doesn’t make the same decision. Aren’t they about to do a full 90-minute show of just trump skits starring Alec Baldwin? Whatever they are paying Mr. Baldwin, he deserves more. I think I read that that show was going to air on February 11.

  • robirob

    I rather think they don’t want to give him any more ideas.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    The chairman, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), argued […] further, that it would be “inappropriate” for Oversight to “dive into the private systems of a political party.”


  • Lumpy Gaga

    The satire game on this guy now has to change. I think Trevor Noah laid it out in a SeriousMoment(tm) on his show shortly after the election, and not only was his explanation great, the show is following up and doing just what they advised us to in terms of digesting what’s coming out of the swamp.

    Perhaps I’m getting old, but I didn’t even watch the Stewart cameo on Colbert’s show. There’s a point at which you’re just laughing all the way to the camps.

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      It does seem like that, doesn’t it?

    • Nychta

      I remember Noah’s 2015 piece equating Trump with dictators from Africa. It seemed funny at the time.

    • Reality.Bites

      For my part I’ve stopped watching topical comedy shows.

      • Lumpy Gaga

        Totally get that.

    • GW in NZ

      Ye, it’s akin to Tom Lehrer’s observation: “Political satire became obsolete when Henry Kissinger was awarded the Nobel peace prize.”

  • Natty Enquirer

    Parker & Stone’s brand of satire goes after personal foibles. Now that Trump’s are on display every single day, there’s not much point to be made.

  • IamM

    More absurd is not necessarily funnier.

  • e jerry powell

    One wonders, though, how topical the show can remain and still stay “backed-off.”

  • Andrew Iverson

    “what was actually happening was much funnier”

    Jesus, that’s the height of rich straight white male privilege right there, Nothing is funny about what trump and friends are doing, nothing.

  • kladinvt

    They could have at least shown Cheetos as Putin’s “fist-puppet”, with his arm so far up there, you can see Putin’s fingers moving Cheetos’ ugly mouth!