South Park co-creator Trey Parker gave an interview to the Los Angeles Times to promote Despicable Me 3, in which he voices the character Balthazar Bratt. When asked if doing satirical comedy based on current events has gotten harder over the last 20 years, Parker responded:
“Yeah, and it’s also just gotten boring. 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.
We did start to become that, though, especially the last season. 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.
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.
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.
Will South Park really be able to hold off from talking about Donald Trump? It seems impossible, but it looks like they’re going to try.”
In the interview, Parker also revealed how he and Matt Stone believe South Park is eventually going to end:
“Every year in the middle of the season, we say, ‘OK, this is it.’ And we really thought that two seasons ago when we were doing all the PC Principal stuff. We were like, ‘This is it — we’re going to get run out of town with our middle finger up.’ Because we felt the culture changing, and I think it still is on that track.
The witch hunt is coming. Our day is coming. One of these days, out of nowhere, we’ll do something and they’ll go, ‘How dare you!’ — and we’ll be done.
But what people don’t realize is, we’ve thought this for 20 years. We’ve been ready for it. Our bags are packed in the car and we’re ready to go back to Colorado. And it’s cool, man.”
Check out the full interview with Trey Parker here. South Park returns to Comedy Central in August for its 21st season.