In an interview this week, South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone announced they’ll be taking a step back from President Trump and politics on the series, explaining the decision by way of a “the world is already too crazy for satire” argument. But did the show help to bring about the world we’re living in right now? A.V. Club staffers Katie Rife, Clayton Purdom, and Alex McCown-Levy look at the show that has spent the 21st century being “equal opportunity offenders” and discuss whether its creators have any obligation to address the current political reality—or if, like everyone else, they just need a damn break from thinking about Donald Trump every now and then.
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