South Park and its Satire

South Park is one of the longest running shows that is currently still airing. The show takes place in a small town in Colorado. It mainly follows a group of elementary school students and what they get up to into their town. However, most of the adventures the characters get up to relate to a larger meaning have it be about politics, race or religion. The show shows how stupid many of the beliefs we have our and the prejudice we have for groups is by putting the characters in certain situations. Though its comedy and irony it is able to show people the absurdity of many of the beliefs we hold. To satirize some larger idea. The main character they use is Eric Cartman. He is a racist, homophobic, antisemitic, white power and many more awful traits being just a 9-year-old. The writes of the show use him to represent these traits some Americans have. From covering police brutality and gun laws to white power ideals and the nazis cartman as shows the often-dark side of the land of the free. The South Park episode “Two Days Before the Day After Tomorrow” is a prime example of the show’s masterful satire. In this episode, two of the show’s main characters, Stan and Cartman, accidentally damage the biggest beaver dam in the world, flooding the adjacent town as a result. The two decide against telling anyone and instead want to wait for things to settle themselves. Sadly, it appears like nobody wants to assist the residents of the flooded town. Stan questions his father, Randy, as to why no one has come to their rescue. Randy responds, “That’s not important right now, son. It’s crucial to determine who is to blame for this. That short remark sums up the typical attitude people have toward many issues these days nicely. Through stupid situations like this South Park is able to show to the viewers many situations they may laugh at but then realize they do themselves. The show perfectly captures aspects of life, displaying our own behaviors through idiotic characters to show how ridiculous we are. People can laugh at the different characters’ antics, but also see themselves in their actions.