The component of South Park I find most interesting is the use of children as the main characters. I am a fan of Family Guy and noticed often the most inappropriate comments are made by Stewie, the baby. Having the youngest character make comments that are extremely inappropriate seems to neutralize the political incorrectness of the statements. Some amount of rudeness can be written off to the immaturity of the character being a child. South Park plays on this idea for the entire show by having the four main characters all nine years old. The use of young characters distances the crude language from reality, thus allowing the writers to incorporate mature content but keep it comical because it is unrealistic for children to say these things. Adult characters would have to have personalities and images that match people in the real world but the children serve as somewhat of a blank slate. They can say and do inappropriate things without the writers conveying a message about opinions of a specific group of people.