South Park

Essay by BrandonWCollege, UndergraduateB, October 2014

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Brandon Win

Professor Porter

Comp I

October 1st 2014

South Park

South Park has always been one of my most favorite shows of all time. I used to watch it as a kid, and I'm still watching and glued to it in my teenage years. One might ask why I would still watch cartoons at such an adolescent age. The simple truth is, South Park isn't just a cartoon; it involves content and information that can be critically analyzed as well as political and social innuendoes. Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the only two creators of the whole show, are portraying their own emotional distress and discourse through the cartoon. I love the fact that all the voice overs were only done by these two, and that it required no extra actors or voice-overs to complete the TV show as a whole. Eric Cartman, one of the most round and vibrant characters among the four boys, is usually used as the social and political voice of Parker and Stone.

Through every episode, I am always wondering what Cartman represents because he hates hippies and has very strong views on health care, euthanasia, the war on Iraq and presidential elections. He speaks as he wishes, and I love the fact that he could give less of a damn. Trey Parker and Matt Stone are brilliant cartoonists, as they present views and opinions with no direct agenda. Unlike Jon Stewart or John Oliver, they do not boil everything down to right or wrong. Instead they pick a place in the middle, one where they excrete on the faces of any paradigm and create different perspectives and views on common global topics. They are the true specialists in what they do, because as childish as South Park looks, most of its episodes...