“Respect My Authority: 20 Years In South Park Isn’t Satire, It’s the Status Quo”

Friend of the Gutter Nick Hanover writes about South Park at Loser City. “Few viewers who tuned in to South Park when it debuted in 1997 would have predicted the show would still be going strong twenty years later. Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s crude and belligerent cartoon has always been purposefully lo-fi and low brow, designed for immediacy and flexibility rather than staying power. And yet it not only endures but in many ways has become the establishment it railed against, now standing as one of the clearest examples of troll culture as the new status quo, its obsessive fans defending it as vital satire despite the fact that the currently dominant political movement looks and behaves exactly like the show’s cast.”

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