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March 30, 2018

GOPers claiming 'South Park' creators as their own are in for a rude awakening

The recent 'we're Republican' comments are far from new

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Trey Parker, left, and Matt Stone: Republican darlings?

Having spent the past two decades watching "South Park" – the most politically righteous show to ever grace the airwaves – it damn near impossible to pick a favorite moment.

Gun to head, though, I’d travel back to December 2004, when the episode titled “Woodland Critters Christmas” first aired.

In that 22 minutes of glory, an adorably cuddly group of woodland critters including a porcupine named Porcupiney, Squirreley the Squirrel, Beary the Bear and others sacrifice a rabbit named Rabbity.

They do so to facilitate the birth of their Lord and Savior, Satan, using Kyle – who is Jewish – as a human host. Oh yeah, there’s a scene involving a blood orgy, too.

I know, I know, this isn’t the sort of thing that normal people talk about on Good Friday. But guess what: "South Park" creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker aren’t normal people, and that’s what makes the show as great as it is.

Why are we discussing them on this Christian-faith holy day? Because a lot of people who’ve apparently never seen "South Park" before are still carrying on about the duo from Colorado “coming out” as Republicans.

They did so while receiving a “freedom” award from the left-leaning People for the American Way Foundation the other night.

Others reacted as if they were planting a flag on the Moon, claiming the creative provocateurs as their own. 

Here’s how I reacted: Holy s***, why are people pretending as if this is some sort of new development when they’ve all but walked around with “libertarian” tattooed on their foreheads since Bill Clinton was in the White House?

I mean, when the book “South Park Republicans: The Revolt Against Liberal Media Bias” was released in 2005, Stone said point blank that, “It was just lame, that’s exactly what we’re talking about — people trying to claim the show. I hate conservatives, but I really f***ing hate liberals."

That was 13 years ago. It was as clear as day then, thus rendering this week’s furor even more absurd.

Let’s set aside the fact that they’ve flat-out (albeit indirectly) brutalized Donald Trump – he of calling Roseanne Barr since she went on TV with a show that’s pro-POTUS, from what I’ve heard – in recent episodes.

This show has never been – nor pretended to be – a bastion of Hollywood liberalism. What it is is a ruthless takedown of anybody and everything in what conservatives like to portray as “protected classes.”

Here is a list of people or things that South Park has targeted for ridicule over the years:

• Liberals

Conservatives

• White People (below)


• Black People

Pretty much all ethnicities

Gays

Straights

Religious figures

Atheists

Gloria Allred

Glenn Beck

President George W. Bush

President Bill Clinton

President Barack Obama

Pre-President Donald Trump

Hillary Clinton

Wolf Blitzer

Dick Cheney

Here are another pair of people they’ve ridiculed over the years:

• You

• Me

You see, South Park’s bread and butter is taking a flamethrower to not only the very notion of propriety and political correctness, but those who rail against propriety and political correctness.

It’s what makes the show so damn entertaining.

That’s why it’s disingenuous at best to latch onto a single quote from its creators – men who’ve pushed back against any personal political labeling – and present it as evidence that they’re on your side.

They aren’t. 

Having watched the show as long as I have, though, I’m starting to think they might give the Woodland Critters Christmas masterpiece some best-ever competition. After all, they’re probably already workshopping a way to mock those fawning over, and bashing, their recent quotes.