“South Park” has been around to spoof the presidencies of Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. When it comes to Donald Trump, though, creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone aren’t sure they can keep up.
“It’s really tricky now, because satire has kind of become reality. So it is really hard to make fun of, and we actually just had the last season of ‘South Park’ ended a month and a half ago. We were really trying to make fun of what was going on, but we couldn’t keep up,” Parker said on Australia’s “7:30” TV show.
“Comedians especially, that’s probably where we identify and have the most sympathy with anti-PC forces, is within comedy,” Stone told Vulture. “Not talking to people or trying to get elected. That’s a different standard. There’s shit that you shouldn’t say running for president that [character Eric] Cartman should totally be allowed to say within a satirical cartoon. When I see a politician or a Donald Trump say ‘political correctness,’ I’m like, ‘That’s not the same shit that we’re talking about in the writers’ room. There’s satire over here in cartoons, and you’re standing onstage in a suit and you want me to vote for you.’ Different standard, you know?”
Other comedians have expressed similar views on Trump since his election in November.
“I honestly don’t know how to talk about it,” Janeane Garofolo told Salon in January. “I don’t have jokes — you can’t parody it, because it’s self-parody. And it’s just so tense.” Later, she told an audience during one of her stand-up routines, “I don’t have jokes about it because if you’re a reasonable person who has any emotional intelligence or empathy of any kind, there’s a void. I’m bereft.”
Another comedian, Joe List, told Salon that he has been avoiding discussing Trump because “if you’re pro-Trump then that’s not somebody who I’m really interested in engaging with.” As put by Joe Harary, the manager at the comedy club The Stand, “Before the election there were a lot of jokes about Trump, and after the election it kind of fizzled out because they did so much of it.”