By: Sarah Boyce
Growing up, I never really had an interest in comedies like South Park, The Simpsons, or Family Guy. In fact, I never even saw a full episode of any of these. I always thought they were too offensive and thoughtless. On top of that, I did not think they did anything but break taboos and try to cause controversy. After reading Michael Tueth’s essay, however, I now know that my previous assumptions were wrong. I never knew the difference between satirical comedies and transgressive comedies, let alone did I know that South Park did anything like attacking stupidity, since that is what I believed they were actually producing. Tueth explained that South Park actually transitioned into a more satirical show that wanted this stupidity and dishonesty to stop. I was most surprised when I read that the show actually referenced important social issues like school shootings, political correctness, and police brutality. I never knew the shows confronted anything important at all. Although these shows might be saying somewhat obscene comments towards sensitive issues, they are also doing it to confront the problems, which is something I never expected. I think it is important for any type of show to show effort in stopping or confronting issues in our world. Whether it is discussing sex ed in schools or mentioning serious topics like depression, South Park certainly does bring up important topics.