‘South Park’ Creators Correct The Record About Backing Off Trump
“South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone said reports about them backing off President Donald Trump were not exactly accurate.
“A few months ago we did some interviews where we said, we’re just not going to make fun of — you can’t make fun of Trump, he’s doing his own comedy, we can’t top his comedy,” Parker explained during “The Bill Simmons” podcast that was posted on Wednesday. (RELATED: ‘South Park’ Mocks Black Lives Matter, Colin Kaepernick In Season Opener)
“And people took it to mean, some people thought that we meant like, we’re going to back off of him because of other reasons,” he added. “But it really was just whether it’s a troll or us or Trump, it’s you know pushing buttons and making people have this big reaction, there is some value to that, it is interesting, but I don’t think as a president it’s the best thing to have.”
“I think it should be done by comedians,” he continued. “But that’s sort of what we were kind of saying, we were like, leave the comedy to us. Part of the bummer for us about [last] season was we didn’t want to make it a big Trump thing, and we kept thinking it was gonna go away and we didn’t want to get caught up in just being a political show.”
“And it’s interesting because now people are [saying], ‘OK, well let’s see how you deal with Trump this coming season,'” Parker said. “No one ever said, ‘Oh, the new season’s coming, how you gonna deal with Obama in this season?’ We’re not that show and we never were.”
“He [Trump’s] taken a little something, which is like the button pushing,” he added. “He takes that from you first and then you can make fun of that, but it’s like, ‘Fuck, I mean, what do you do?’ You wanna push the button. The comedian pushes the button, that’s the natural order of things.”
“Even my family members are waiting to see what Trump’s going to do and it’s like ‘you know that’s never what the show was about,'” he continued. “You know we are known as being a satirical and political show, but you know the truth is on any given season we might have one big political show.”