‘South Park’ Creator Says He’s ‘Done With Trump Jokes’
South Park star Trey Parker seems to be sick of creating jokes that center around the President of the United States, even with the ‘crazy ratings’.
Parker, who lends his voice to four of South Park’s main characters, said he and longtime partner in crime Matt Stone, are sick of dealing with the Donald Trump jokes.
“We fell into the same trap that Saturday Night Live fell into, where it was like, ‘Dude, we’re just becoming CNN now. We’re becoming: Tune in to see what we’re going to say about Trump.”’
“Matt and I hated it but we got stuck in it somehow.”
Parker, who’s most recent accomplishment was as the comedic voice of super-villain Balthazar Bratt in Despicable Me 3, said that he’s ready to get back to what made South Park great again, the ‘the bread and butter’ of the show.
“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.”
Six out of Season 20’s 10 episodes featured Mr. Garrison, the animated version of Trump.
One of the most Trump noteworthy episodes was ‘Oh Jeez’ in which Mr. Garrison was shown around the show’s version of the Pentagon.
Just as Garrison enters the ‘diplomatic strategy and negotiating room’ he says: ‘Oh jeez, this doesn’t look very fun.’
The show had used that line in South Park’s ‘Oh Jeez’ episode, because Trump had earlier this year, used it when he admitted being the president is hard work. As Trump himself stated,
“I loved my previous life. I had so many things going. This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier.”
But Parker, 47, said that no matter what they say or write in as a joke about Trump, the ratings are more than likely to stay crazy good…It’s boring, and challenging.
“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.”
Parker and Stone’s Comedy Central show South Park will enter its 21st season in August.
When asked if he thought the president is funny, Parked said: ‘He’s not intentionally funny but he is intentionally using comedic art to propel himself.’
‘The things that we do – being outrageous and taking things to the extreme to get a reaction out of people – he’s using those tools. At his rallies he gets people laughing and whooping.
‘I don’t think he’s good at it,’ Parker said but ‘it made him president’.
His role on Despicable Me 3 marks his first-ever animated voice-over role outside of South Park, on which he voices several characters including Cartman, Stan and Mr. Mackey.