Magazine March 9, 2020, Issue

South Park as Healing Mechanism

A scene from the “Band in China” episode of South Park (Screengrab via SouthPark.cc.com)
Everyone’s taste doesn’t have to conform to your sensibilities

It didn’t take too long into 2020 for people on Twitter to start earnestly debating whether South Park, an extremely popular show that has been on air for decades, has been wreaking havoc on our society with its offensiveness. As far as I can tell, the conversation started with a series of tweets from She-Hulk writer Dana Schwartz, who claimed that it “seems impossible to overstate the cultural damage done” by the show, adding that it has “portrayed earnestness as the only sin and taught that mockery is the ultimate inoculation against criticism.”

She continued: “Smugness is not the same as

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