The Simpsons and South Park have been on the air for a long time (29 years and 21 years respectively). They are both hilarious shows that poke fun at many aspects of politics and pop culture.
At the end of Wednesday’s episode of South Park, the show pointed a huge finger at The Simpsons, calling it out for “bigotry and hate,” and ending with a “#CancelTheSimpsons” hashtag.
Holy crap, South Park just put The Simpsons in a bodybag
— Isaac (@WorldofIsaac) October 11, 2018
I can't believe the dig at The Simpsons that South Park just made
— Lil' King Trashmouth (@oogieboogeyman) October 11, 2018
— Nate (@__NathanJames__) October 11, 2018
The episode, which centered around Mr. Hankey, a talking piece of poop that wears a Santa Hat, also satirized the Brett Kavanaugh hearings and Roseanne Barr (specifically her blaming racist comments made toward Valerie Jarrett on the sleep medication Ambien), and ended with a cameo appearance by Apu, a Simpsons character often noted as an example of poor stereotyping and outright racism.
— Matt Wilstein (@mattwilstein) October 11, 2018
The internet is unsure how to receive this call out. Was it serious, or was it just South Park being South Park?
— Hayley Miller (@hayleymiller01) October 11, 2018
o hecc it's going down
— Edgy Kenny (@Edgy_Kenny) October 11, 2018
This may be my favorite episode of South Park ever. At least top 5. It was that good.
— Jud(pumpkinEmoji) J(pumpkinEmoji)ker (@TheJudoJoker) October 11, 2018
Wait, what? The entire point of this was they were mocking outrage culture and defending The Simpsons. The hashtag was ironic, as theyÛªve ironically created their own hashtag for this entire season. Not surprising that j. 2018 people donÛªt understand South Park. 21 years later.
— PhilaFanInMD (@PhilaFanInMD) October 11, 2018
Satire is as fluid as it is powerfulÛÓit is hard to call out whether or not the satire is truly trying to prove a point, or if it’s just making fun of its target with no expected repercussions. One of the beauties of working in satire is that you don’t have to explain which choice you are making, you just have to make a strong choice, which is clearly what Trey Parker and Matt Stone were doing with this ending.
— _ÙÕÐ_ÙÓ» (@honey_txt) October 11, 2018
— hella (@FeistyYogaGirl) October 11, 2018
THE SIMPSONS HOLY FUUUUCK DAAAAAAAMN #southpark
— Eric Stotch Ï¬ (@2originalcents) October 11, 2018
— Tara Broadway (@TaraBroadway) October 11, 2018
Has South Park given itself a new hashtag for this season?