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"South Park" has always been a show for those who value comedy that speaks the truth.
And thankfully, that doesn’t seem to be changing.
The show is releasing a special “South Park: Joining the Panderverse,” as a parody of its own show that most notably includes gender- and race-swapping the show’s main characters.
In the teaser, Cartman appears to be a sassy black woman, Stan is a Latina woman, Butters appears to be a transgender POC, and Kenny is a foul-mouthed Asian woman.
“From the looks of things, it is going to absolutely skewer blackwashing and modern diversity day casting,” Lauren Chen comments, adding, “you definitely cannot say that South Park is afraid to pull punches or that the show doesn’t have its hand on the pulse of the culture.”
The special is essentially advertising itself as what the show would be if in an alternate universe, South Park was canceled and for some reason rebooted on Netflix.
Chen herself says she can’t wait to see the special, but not everyone is as excited.
A recent article by the AV Club titled “There’s A New South Park ‘Event’ Teaser and God, We’re Already So Tired,” says they get “pounding headaches” in the front of their skulls while “watching this stuff.”
However, as we all know, the creators of the show, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, probably couldn’t care less what journalists have to say.
“I think more specifically what the ‘Panderverse’ is going to be addressing is the idea of taking existing characters and transforming them into something they’re not,” Chen says, adding, “Not necessarily because it’s what the fandom wants but because it’s what a small handful of activists who are ideologically driven would like to see.”
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