In the previous season of Comedy Central’s landmark animated series, “South Park,” the focus was heavily on the 2016 US presidential election and the man who would eventually go on to win, Donald Trump.
Creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone used the show’s character Mr. Garrison to embody their Trump parody, as the character evolved to take on more and more Trump traits as the season progressed.
The question has been raised to Parker and Stone if Garrison will continue as Trump for season 21, which starts in August. In a recent interview Parker gave to the LA Times, it sounds like a hard no.
“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,” Parker said.
In May, Parker told Bill Simmons on his podcast the challenges of trying to parody someone like Trump.
“If you have like a little monkey and it’s running himself into the wall over and over and you’re like, ‘That’s funny, but how am I gonna make fun of the monkey running himself into the wall?’ I can discuss the monkey running himself into the wall, I can copy the monkey running into the wall, but nothing’s funnier than the monkey just running himself into the wall.”
To the LA Times, Parker admitted, like “Saturday Night Live,” people couldn’t wait to see what “South Park” would do every week for its Trump storyline. But he’s over it now.
“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,” he said.
Before “South Park” returns to the air, Parker will be lending his voice to play the villain in “Despicable Me 3” (opening Friday). This will be the first time he’ll be on a project he didn’t write and direct since the 1998 comedy “BASEketball.”
Now that’s a bit of fun trivia you can wow your friends with this 4th of July weekend.