Why South Park Apologized – Wisecrack Quick Take

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V1Rampant : Its OK to apologise if you genuinely believe you got things wrong. It sucks if they still believe what they said and just apologise to appease some mob. I don't think that's the case though. I think they did think they really got things wrong with global warming

shadepotatoe : Giving up Red Dead Redemption 2 obviously represents going outside your comfort zone & taking things cereal.

Philipp Totschnig : Southpark engages the problem of global warming and points to its ULTIMATE PROBLEM: to stop man-bear-pig (global warming) we will have to make a sacrifice, we will have to abandon our beloved way of life filled with consumption (which is symbolized by Red Dead Redemption), but the ultimate problem with global warming is that no ones wants to do that sacrifice. Southpark wants us to realize that there is no solution to global warming, which does not involve personal sacrifice and an unwanted change in our lifestyle. There is only one thing that can stop global warming, there is no shortcut, no satan will save you, the deal is clear, give up consumption and it will stop.

mezzyjezze : The "took our jobs" hick guy who says science says climate change isn't real is a dumb character. That's the joke. The joke is that uneducated hicks think climate change isn't real. Having a dumb hick character say something in their show doesn't mean Matt and Trey think it to be true. Just sayin

Thatdeadguy20000 0 : South Park is and will remain the foundation of Comedy Central,Trey and Matt are geniuses...

Joonas Pastila : I'd like to argue with the final conclusion with the shows attitude: Southpark very intentionally displays a broken society where nothing ever really changes, because that's how societies work in hindsight. You may have done something right, but everything is still bad and dysfunctional. Never will there be a day where we can declare we have reached utopia, at least without having our grandchildren call us fucking morons who caused all their problems. Does this justify not bettering ourselves? Obviously no. Does Southpark let it's audience of the hook too easily after each episode? I'd argue yes, at least sometimes. But really, how should Southpark episodes end if not in "well, the society is still just fucked and idiotic". Because that's how it will always be. Suggesting bettering ourselves in one issue would suddenly make us somehow, all around good or even okey, instead of just morally better when we were before, would fight against the shows core: that we never really are that great, and no matter where you turn your head, there is fucked up shit. Anyone who tries to declare moral supiority or a state that is "good enough" - which is often our starting position in an episode - will eventually be proven wrong and ridiculed. Our only way to improve as a society is to try to fix our old mistakes, raise awareness when we see we have fucked up, and be ready to shallow any pride we have accidentally build. Because we can either be proven wrong by own our improvement, or be consumed by our own ignorance - and while the first one is clearly better for us, both choices are doomed to reveal the ugly truths we so much would love to ignore.

goprev : No offense but if the US would open up a bit to the ideas of the rest of the world, climate change would have been taken seriously years ago. This has been common knowledge for at least 10 years in other parts of the world. About 95% of the scientific literature on the subject is crystal clear and has been for years, climate change is real, and it's incredibly likely that it's due to an increase in concentration of green house effect gases in the atmsophere. CO2, CH4 of which we are responsible for. I don't know what's wrong about a part of the population in the US, flat earthers, climate change deniers, anti-vaxxers, gun nuts. These groups just don't exist or aren't nearly as numerous in the rest of the world. I swear the US sometimes appears to be completely disconnected from reality and at others times they are incredibly productive to do great things. Get your shit together America, for both yourselves and the world. No hate intended, I'm quite fond of the US for some things, but this just leaves me perplexed.

Sheep Lavender : I don't think you understand South Park South Park criticises EVERYONE in some way Look at the different episodes about homosexuals, atheists/agnostics, religion, immigration/refugees and race. I don't how people don't see that they've been doing this for decades. A lot of their comedy material is based on current events and society. Trust me people are gonna get surprised when the table turned again(arguably is what is happening again now with this season) The tables turn constantly In it's weird and absurdist way it's being nuanced and fair by doing it to everyone.

Jessica DeNittis : I saw an interview with Al Gore when he was asked about this particular episode of South Park. He was an absolute darling about it. He laughed it off and was quite gracious, and actually thanked Trey and Matt for the whole thing.

tata s : Satan is "Red" and he is "dead" and got his "Redemption"

Celina 12388 : Satan -Red Satan dying- Dead Satan going to heaven- Redemption

Une Vie Incertaine Et Un Avenir Plein d'Insanité : Honestly, this is why I hate the concept of generation entirely, it just exists to blame others for your own mistakes. Isn't there a generation literally called "The great generation"? That won't give you a big head or anything.

Captain Deadpool : Rdr2 had a man bear pig easter egg

Kenny_Fa5 : *We're Sorry*

pmalone4 : I like the video, but one small thing: at 0:45 you commented about the episode "Super Hard PCness" being about the creators reflecting on their show's impact on others. It was actually meant to be about millennials becoming conservative about the type of humor that people their age would have loved a decade ago, and are in danger of becoming the same reactionary people who rallied against smut on TV years ago. The beginning of the following episode has a scene where Kyle tries to defend himself by talking about the hurt feelings these shows can cause only to be yelled at for "acting like a victim".

Steve Davis : Man-bear-pig isn't half man, half bear, half pig, it's half man, half bear-pig.

Homemadegameguru : I've told friends so many damn time - South Park is one of the most intelligently written shows on TV! A crude, yet brilliant lens on pop culture

Exotic_Dirt : I hate your hair, the video was alright, but dude get a different barber... please

Sooty Grunter : You obviously have no idea what your talking about. South Park is a satirised take on American society, anyone who actually watches it knows this. You have just projected your own insecurities onto the episode.

Sir Hiffwe : When I saw this episode, it kind of made me have faith in South Park as a series again. Not that I ever hated it.

Xainfinen : And that's why the show "isn't" funny "anymore" it all became real, it's real life and no longer satire, reality is a joke and we've killed it!

I like to b8 : Moral of this : End production of soy

Sassy The Sasquatch : still waiting for the Trent Boyett episode

Boo : Even if they were on the wrong side of the issue. That's what I love about south park. It feels like a time capsule of what life was like that week in america. Maybe not entirely accurate factually, but culturally spot on.

CapitalAlchemy : Meanwhile Man-Bear-Pig is taking a real beating in Paris.

Cosmo Joe : I think the RDR2 part was just a stand in for escapism that keeps society from addressing its problems headon

SangoProductions213 : Not going to convince anyone of anything in an internet comment. Probably because they don't actually hold the beliefs they spout. But sure. It's dem dere conspiracy theorists, and "climate change only happens in California". Let's ignore that Greece suffered its most devastating fires yet, and tens of thousands of Japanese were hospitalized for heatstroke in the August heatwave, the likes of which hasn't been seen in its recorded history. But yes. It's all a conspiracy to take away that sweet, sweet, juicy, bacon. And ain't no one gun take my bacon. There's also absolutely no pictures of tropical storms, over the years. They've all been covered up, and repainted to look like they've been getting bigger! And all the past records of storm damages and casualties have been altered! They are spraying chemicals in the air!

Michael Wargo : Well, thanks for warning us that South Park isn't funny anymore, just kinda cereal.

trashman : Y'all pour one of my homie Satan.

tmcleanful : Took them 22 years to jump the shark. Impressive and sad at the same time.

Grey Alien : I think they emphasize Al Gore's narcissism so much (besides it being funny) because people who sometimes have good points also pollute them by being insufferable assholes. Seems kinda obvious but also easy to miss.

Sam S : This pretty much encapsulates why now that I'm an adult and not some edgy teenager, I don't enjoy South Park anymore. See, if the creators wanted to be SMART they wouldn't have shown the boys making this decision. Because ordinary people can't do jack about large systemic problems like this. When you do so, normal people come off as greedy and heartless. However, it's the people that set up the system, that are truely responsible for such problems. Let me put it this way, what can you, right now, do to slow down climate change? Drive less often, eat less meat, don't use electronics/heating/whatever as often. Nothing you do, can change how power is generated AND that the cast majority of transportation is reliant on oil AND that meat is very cheap. Both of those factors means that there will be a lot of carbon emmissions no matter what you as a person do. You're stuck in, and are an unwilling participant in, a system which releases a LOT of carbon into the atmosphere.

MoeZeppelin : did you ever notice that the dire effects of anthropogenic global warming, renamed climate change for pr purposes, are always postulated to occur in 10 - 50 years? and it's been like that for almost 40 years, now. how long do you care to be strung along, shines? trey and matt haven't apologized for anything, and you really shouldn't take what they do so metaphorically cereal ;-) they make fun of people, the sh*t they do, and push their buttons in a way that makes us laugh and watch. if you think they are advocating any particular kind of "consciousness", well that's laughable as well.

Generalsaurkraut : In the 70s the same people said based on correct data that the population of the earth was far outpacing it’s resources and we would all reach an apocalyptic overpopulation scenario. Then in the 80s and 90s tech advancements greatly enhanced food production mooting their argument. They also said peak oil was going to happen causing oil wars and 100 dollar a gallon gas. Once again tech advancements increased gas mileage and oil production mooting their point. Now they have moved on to global warming. Forgive me if I don’t listen to these people. Had we listened to them before we’d be living in a Stone Age with a one child policy and they’d be telling us “you’re so welcome for saving you plebs.” The fallacy in their argument isn’t that they’re wrong it’s that they completely ignore human ingenuity and technological advancement. Advancements that ironically would grind to a halt if we implemented their policies, thus preventing the solution in the problem. So if you want to be an environmentalist, support the keystone oil pipeline and tax breaks for research and development.

Aaron Owens : Was "an apology" given by Matt Stone and Trey Parker? I ask because I strongly believe the episodes surrounding Al Gore, MBP and/or climate change are satire to society's reactions to and Al Gore's persistence on climate change. Never viewed this as an apology.

Mukti : This video is an ad for global warming! I'm super duper serial!

Mr D : I knew they were making fun of Al Gore back in the day, but it never occurred to me that they didn't believe in climate change. I didn't peg them as being that thick in the head, but at least they've come around.. shame it took em 10 years to catch up. Maybe they'll help spread the word. i guess that counts for something. Jared you look like you're bulking up buddy. time to hit the gym.

Gaming Epochs : Here after watching *The art of overanalyzing movies*

Albi Imeraj : Notice that the one denying Global Warming in that old South park episode is a typical hillbilly type. He is the dumb “he took our jobs” guy . Which is pretty much Matt and trey telling us that these people who deny global warmning often are just stupid hillbilly types. Matt and Trey never denied it explicitly themselves. They are just being nuanced by making fun of everybody, but the dominating joke in that episode is to show that people who deny GW are idiots. This video really puts Matt and Trey in a bad spot (their past selves though).

Yaalah : There's an additional facet to the story not mentioned in your analysis: perhaps Satan represents the villains of yesteryear: smaller, more local problems like man made wars. Satan challenging and then losing to manbearpig represents yesteryear villains paling in comparison to the much greater problem of Global Warming – the earth itself rising up against us.

TRAVESTY : Satan died...

The Backwards Bear : There is still no evidence of catastrophic climate change.

the artist formally known as craig lastname : The real problem is that people take South Parks stories as cereal representations of society. Their cereal has too many preservatives and high sugar content.

Arthur Morgan : The next generations will complain but they wont give up Red Dead Redemption 3 either

TheBrownTown007 : I don't think they actually had the personal beliefs that Global Warming wasn't real, in the commentary to Manbearpig they mention that they don't really touch on the issue (global warming) it's more about them having a goofy adventure and Manbearpig was an idea long before he was an allegory. I think they obviously didn't take it as seriously as they should but the apology was more about them apologizing for making fun of Al Gore.

ba sillah : You do not understand what you're talking about the point of the Paris agreement is so that all those country's tax it not fix it so it is a way of milking more money from tax payers so they can waste more money. If only one country taxes it then the company's just move out of that country but still pointless due to China not doing it so it will just force more company's into China. It has NOTHING to do with reducing pollution it's only about making money because the tax just increases prices so the normal people that do not have a business get charged more and businesses use it as a tax write off because it's a business expense. It's has nothing to do with reducing pollution, planting trees which would reduce the pollution in the air or keeping water clean. Al gore made millions from this and has his own limo and own plane to add to the pollution problem as well so yeah he does not care.

MetalMk68 : They made this episode after the recent California Wildfires, which had NOTHING to do with Climate Change.

Samuel McCallister : They were wrong about the WGA strike, too. Streaming content is now worth hundreds of billions, and the writers were right to want to be paid with everyone else.

Thunder Lord Pikachu : Why did Satan have to die for our sins?😢

Seb : Jared + South Park = Humanity have a chance.