South Park to Lay Off Trump Jokes, Focus on Childhood Antics

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South Park co-creator Trey Parker made it clear earlier this year the animated comedy will eschew Donald Trump jokes in its 21st season, electing instead to allow the politicians of the world "do their comedy and we’ll do ours.” He appears to be standing by that, as he explained the famously boundary-pushing series will take a more back-to-basics approach when it returns in August.

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"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 told the Los Angeles Times. “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."

The move would mark a drastic change for the series, as the producers of South Park have been taking full advantage of the rapid turnaround time due to their in-house production studio. The ability to advance an episode from the drawing board to the television screen in a week's time has allowed the show to stay incredibly topical. However, Parker also explained that wasn't necessarily always a positive factor.

"It’s also just gotten boring," he said. "We weren’t ever really that show. We would do an entire season, and there would be one moment that played off something that had just happened, and people would go, ‘South Park is the show that does that.’ And that’s just not true. We’re not."

South Park returns for its 21st season on Wednesday, Aug. 23, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Comedy Central.

(via Entertainment Weekly)

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