Why is South Park trending? What did I miss?

Dennis8K

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Oct 25, 2017
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South Park is trending #2 after Batman on Twitter right now but I am pretty confused to what the fuss is about.

Was there just a controversial episode drop or something?
 

Gentlemen

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Oct 25, 2017
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Quick glance at the trend shows me a woman with a lot of followers expressed a critical opinion of it.

So now we're off to the usual races.
 

GoldenEye 007

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Someone complaining that South Park is responsible for major cultural damage. And a bunch of people, including the usual right wing types, responding about how bullshit that is.
 
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I knew it wasn't good when I saw Posobiec and Paul Joseph "making lefties nervous" Watson were among the top.
South Park isn't getting "cancelled" you morons. It's only ending when Trey & Matt are tired of it.
 

L Thammy

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Quick glance at the trend shows me a woman with a lot of followers expressed a critical opinion of it.

So now we're off to the usual races.
I'm reminded of when Era was starting off and was still being raided by straight up unabashed Nazis, and you had a South Park thread say it's okay to use blackface when you're mocking Kanye West because he deserves it.
 

Chandler

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Oct 25, 2017
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South Park is trending #2 after Batman on Twitter right now but I am pretty confused to what the fuss is about.

Was there just a controversial episode drop or something?
Isn't that every episode? South park is a centrist's dream that loudly screeches about how caring about things is bad and makes fun of anything not part of the status quo.
 

Strax

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Oct 28, 2017
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Isn't that every episode? South park is a centrist's dream that loudly screeches about how caring about things is bad and makes fun of anything not part of the status quo.
Centrist?
South Park is one of the most left leaning TV show in the 21st century and this coming from someone who has voted multiple times for the most left wing party in a social democracy.
 

Einchy

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Oct 25, 2017
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It's hard to sometimes tell why something is trending 'cus when you click the trending tab, it's sometimes hundreds of tweets where other people confused as well. The only relevant thing seems that Dana Schwartz tweet but that's bringing up an old article and her Tweet thread doesn't seemed to have been triggered by anything specific.

With that said, if this is the reason it's trending: she ain't wrong.
 

Parthenios

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Oct 28, 2017
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South Park did a lot of the heavy lifting of turning my otherwise intelligent friends into "both sides suck so why care" alt-light nihilists. I never got the impression that was South Park's intent necessarily, just a side effect nonetheless.
 
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South Park did a lot of the heavy lifting of turning my otherwise intelligent friends into "both sides suck so why care" alt-light nihilists. I never got the impression that was South Park's intent necessarily, just a side effect nonetheless.
Well. The big purpose of humor is to normalize things. To generate release via comfort or apathy; to let your guard down when it's done with the subject.

Whether that's things we all have in common which we don't know we have in common and worry about, or things that society has deemed unacceptable for some reason.
 

danm999

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Oct 29, 2017
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I wonder what made a generation of young people cynical and angry, distrustful of institutions and traditional politics.

Was it the collapse in living standards and rising levels of debt

Was it the illegal wars based on lies that killed millions of people and continue to rend the world's wounds open for decades

Was it the accelerating climate crisis destroying the planet, burning, drowning, choking and poisoning us all that leaders deny is happening, and when they don't decline to do anything about since it would be too expensive

Was it the return of fascism, white nationalism, ethnic cleansing, concentration camps and xenophobia

Was it the biggest financial collapse since the Great Depression, where insane hyper accelerated greed destroyed the homes and livelihoods of the middle class

No, in fact, it was a cartoon
 

Darryl M R

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Oct 25, 2017
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It's interesting watching people trip over themselves by providing whataboutism of other factors that influenced social and political apathy with young people. It's not hard to acknowledge that South Park played a role in a lot of people's take on issues.

Even the viral tweet continues to say that she doesn't blame the show itself. But it contributed to a culture where insecure and fragile youth gravitated to a show for their stances, because it was comfortable and edgy.
 

Rand a. Thor

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Oct 31, 2017
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While South Park has been influencial in the last decades the good it has done compared to the harm far outweighs the criticisms. I know its not a popular opinion but they nailed the execution of representing both sides in a negative and positive life, while also being so absurdist yet so grounded in reality I'm actually kinda shocked no one has really taken a step back and thought to them selves that yeah, things really do need to change wholesale.
 

Sandstar

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There was a news story about some high schoolers that were suing to prevent a trans girl from participate in girl's sports recently. It was posted to reddit, and naturally, people brought up the trans athlete episode of South Park, as if they some sort of prophet that was 100% correct on every issue.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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While South Park has been influencial in the last decades the good it has done compared to the harm far outweighs the criticisms. I know its not a popular opinion but they nailed the execution of representing both sides in a negative and positive life, while also being so absurdist yet so grounded in reality I'm actually kinda shocked no one has really taken a step back and thought to them selves that yeah, things really do need to change wholesale.
I think the telltale sign of how things don't feel like they're changing is that they did a second episode tackling the Catholic Church abusing kids, 16 years after the original.
 

Darryl M R

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Millennials participated in the climate strikes, and overwhelmingly believe in climate change science as a cohort. The Green New Deal was proposed by a millennial!
Yes they participated. And? It is undeniable that large groups of millennials were influenced by South Park. No one is saying all millennials. And yes, I would hope if there is a non-apathetic millennial in office who wasn't influence negatively by South Park, they would push for climate action.
 

Larrikin

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Centrist?
South Park is one of the most left leaning TV show in the 21st century and this coming from someone who has voted multiple times for the most left wing party in a social democracy.
I wouldn't necessarily call South Park left-leaning, but more Right Critical. They constantly mock and parody right-leaning thoughts and tendencies, but also the entire show is in that 'point of view'? The biggest example that comes to mind is one of the more recent season finales where everyone having a gun actually does work since it's a stalemate of everyone not shooting each other because they're all armed. It appeals to the left because it's a criticism of the right, but I wouldn't necessarily call it left-leaning.