Why South Park Isn’t Awesome
Right now, Comedy Central is airing the 12th season of “South Park”. When the show first aired, I was in college and, much like every 20-year old male, worshiped the show. I have watched the first two episodes of this season and, well, I am not impressed.
The problem is that the first two episodes of this season haven’t pushed the envelope, but instead, have been obnoxiously crude. Last week, the episode dealt with AIDS. I won’t lie…I have laughed at stand-up comedians (Louis CK) and other funny things (“Family Guy”) that have made jokes about AIDS. The problem with “South Park” is that it was a 30-minute AIDS joke. That really isn’t funny.
Then, last night, the “South Park” guys decided to make their own personal “Leave Britney Alone” video. I don’t have a problem with that, heck, I even agree with them. The problem was the delivery. It was sick, gross, twisted, and hypocritical. They took shot after shot at Britney and the entire time, tried to show how obsessed Americans are with her. Don’t get on your high horse and try and tell the world to leave her be, then sixty seconds later, turn around and make jokes about her weight. I’m not a Britney supporter, in fact, she is a complete whack-job.
Maybe Trey Parker and Matt Stone have run out of shocking topics? Maybe they are getting a bit too mean as they get older? Maybe my tolerance for sick humor has decreased as I have gotten older? Whatever it is, “South Park” has become a bit too twisted for me.