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South Park, being the button-pushing and topical show that it is, is bound to have a few gags that become far more confronting than intended when History Repeats.

  • In the episode "Big Gay Al’s Big Gay Boat Ride", a sympathetic portrayal of Stan's homosexual dog Sparky actually shows him as a rapist who forces himself on straight male dogs. They even whimper and cry as they run away. Given the many stereotypes and fears of homosexual men that view them as insatiable sex monsters who will rape any man or child that gets in their way, this intended Very Special Episode can actually feel like part of the problem now, due to more awareness of the oppression of gay men.
  • In a similar vein there's "An Elephant Fucks A Pig". Chef tells the boys that whenever he's seducing a woman he always starts by getting them "good and drunk" and that the next morning they'd usually regret it. It would only be a few years later that this method of courtship would be recognized as date-rape.
    • It's possible the writers may have had this in mind when creating "The Return of Chef", where Chef starts coming onto the children in the same way he flirts with women.
  • Knowing Trey Parker would later undergo two divorces makes it awkward to see Stan talk about how much divorce sucks in "Clubhouses".
  • In the Season 2 episode "Summer Sucks", Mr. Garrison daydreams about cutting Lamb Chop off Shari Lewis' arm and throwing her on a barbecue. This became much less funny when Lewis passed away less than two months after the episode aired.
  • In "City on the Edge of Forever", Cartman having a false flashback of the events of "Cartman’s Mom is a Dirty Slut", where his father is John Elway, is a bit more depressing after Season 14 when it turns out his father really was one of the Denver Broncos. He was Scott Tenorman's father, whom Cartman got killed in Season 5.
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  • The entire episode "The Jeffersons" (and the lines from the black man on "The Mexican Staring Frog of Southern Sri Lanka" who kept telling Jesus that Michael Jackson is still a beloved entertainer, despite being branded as a Memetic Molester), which brutally spoofed Jackson, considering the death of the pop idol and how all the jokes about him being a child molester fell out of favor when he was acquitted in 2005 and when he died in 2009. Considering all the crap he got for his alleged crimes, both in real life and on other TV shows, that make jokes about Jackson being a child molester, South Park actually had a shocking amount of sympathy for him in the episode "The Jeffersons" as a Manchild who acted this way to make up for the childhood he never had (and Kyle calls "Mr. Jefferson" out on acting like a kid when really he should be caring for the child he has).
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  • The Season 5 episode "Proper Condom Use" has parents pushing for sex ed to be taught to the younger grades. How young? Try "kindergarten".note  It was just a joke about how insane the need for teaching sex ed to younger children can be pushed. That is until some schools actually proposed having sex ed classes for 1st and 2nd graders. However, this was more centered on child molestation and what to do if you or someone you know is being sexually molested.
  • One of the last scenes of "Butters' Very Own Episode" has Gary Condit, JonBenet Ramsey's parents, and O.J. Simpson being called out quite viciously and angrily for being murderers who lie through their teeth while playing the victim card. Though it was basically conventional wisdom at the time that Condit and the Ramseys were guilty liars, it has since that it has been confirmed that the Ramseys and Condit were innocent victims who were Convicted by Public Opinion, making their call-outs in the episode not nearly as funny and biting when viewed today. This revelation came too late for Patsy Ramsey, having died of ovarian cancer. Matt Stone and Trey Parker have gone on record saying that they deeply regret this.
  • In "Jared Has Aides", after a misunderstanding, Jared Fogle is fired from his position as a Subway spokesman because people think he wants to give people AIDS, including children. Several lines of this episode become cringe-worthy after Subway cut ties with Jared after he had his home searched by the FBI under suspicion of possessing child pornography. He was subsequently charged and pled guilty of it and having sex with minors:
    Subway Rep: Mr. Jared's views do not necessarily reflect the views of the Subway company.
    Tuong Lu Kim: I'm no having Jared in my City Wok! Don't you know? Everyone hates him now that he want to give AIDS to children!
  • In an in-universe example of this, the revelation in the Wham Episode "201" completely twists the climax of "Scott Tenorman Must Die" around in a new light. For those who wonder: Cartman's true father and Scott Tenorman's father are the same. Meaning that Cartman killed his own dad and thus that his his victory in "Scott Tenorman Must Die" was a retroactive Pyrrhic Victory.
  • In "The Passion of the Jew", Mel Gibson is shown as a deranged man who goes after Stan and Kenny for hating The Passion of the Christ and ends up making a fool of himself in front of everyone in town (even going so far as to act like Daffy Duck, back when he was a screwball). In 2006, Gibson was pulled over for drunk driving, and while being arrested, he made anti-Semitic remarks and insulted a female officer by calling her a misogynistic name. In 2010, he's taped making racial and sexist slurs and screamed at his wife while threatening her, in a way that is scarily similar to his insane depiction.
  • This one goes to South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut; in light of the cyber-attacks on Sony Pictures allegedly by North Korea over the film The Interview, the plot about going to war over a movie doesn't seem too farfetched anymore. In a related note, the "Cartoon Wars" two-parter features an episode of Family Guy getting pulled after it receives terrorist threats due to its depiction of Muhammad. The Interview ended up getting pulled from theaters due to terrorist threats over its depiction of Kim Jong-un.
  • In the commentaries, Trey Parker and Matt Stone noted that of all the early episodes, the only one that's more edgy nowadays and which they probably wouldn't be able to get away with now is "Volcano" because it features children pointing guns and threatening to shoot each other...Though, since Season 19 concluded with whole families point guns at each other, they presumably changed their minds about that.
  • "Cartman Sucks" has a running gag in the scenes of Butters at the Christian camp where all the sexually-confused boys kill themselves rather than live with trying to change their sexuality. Kinda hurts now, given the rash of LGBT teen suicides that made the news in 2010 (as well as the banning of "conversion therapy").
  • In "Clubhouses", Randy and Sharon briefly separate after a series of arguments. They get back together at the end of the episode. The episode itself is funny... but then along comes "You're Getting Old", which is "Clubhouses," only more dramatic (and a two-part episode).
  • The entire plot of "Cartoon Wars" (about people panicking over Family Guy broadcasting an episode that has Muhammad on it) became a "Funny Aneurysm" Moment thanks to the "201" debacle. In fact, this and the line about the truck driver liking Family Guy because it's not preachy and up its own ass in morals aren't so funny anymore now that South Park and Family Guy have had their Seasonal Rot blamed on being heavy on the morals. Also Hilarious in Hindsight as the show predicted that Family Guy would do an episode that has to do with Peter and Islam ("Turban Cowboy"). It didn't have any reference to Muhammad in it, but it is a very happy coincidence (or possibly intentional as Seth MacFarlane has joked about the episode's jabs at him before).
  • At the end of "Professor Chaos", we are abruptly asked, "Which of these six South Park residents was killed, and will never be seen again?" Since this is a parody of cliffhanger endings, the answer is immediately given as Ms. Choksondik. Besides her, the suspects were the Mayor, Officer Barbrady, Jimbo, Mr. Garrison, and... Chef, which wouldn't be true until four years later.
  • As gross as the "stick food up your butt and shit out your mouth" concept in "Red Hot Catholic Love" was, it was at least ridiculous enough to be seen as impossible — until a video on Tosh.0 proved that vomiting up feces is physically possible.
  • In "Trapper Keeper", a man under the alias Bill Cosby comes to South Park pretends to want to be Cartman's friend. And Cartman responds "Nah, my mom says I'm not allowed to have male friends over thirty." This line becomes a lot less funny after the rape allegations against Bill Cosby.note 
  • More of a "Heartwarming Aneurysm Moment", but remember all of those adorable scenes in Season 20 focusing on the blooming romance between Cartman and Heidi, and how dedicated he was to her? Try watching them after "Sons a Witches" or "Doubling Down", when we see just how badly the relationship has fallen apart, especially as he gets worse every episode.
    • One specific example is when they start the "Let's Come Together as a School" campaign which has Heidi mimicking Cartman's voice, pronouncing school like "skew." This is sort of horrible to think of in the context of Heidi essentially transforming into Cartman the latter half of season 21 and hating herself over it.
  • In "A Very Crappy Christmas", Stan pokes fun at Cartman during his impersonation of the latter with Kyle by making fat jokes for a recording project, one of the lines being "I don't need to take that kind of shit from a Jew!". This was rather hilarious until the season 19 episode "Truth and Advertising" where Stan yells Fuck You Kyle!!! in a voice way too similar to Cartman without trying to impersonate him this time and actually showing genuine hostility towards Kyle, then getting into a fistfight.
  • A Running Gag in season 20 was the Audience Reactions to Star Wars: The Force Awakens varying wildly, with many wondering if the film was really as good as when they first saw it. This gag has lost much of its humor as of the release of the sequel, The Last Jedi, which has gotten a major case of Critical Dissonance; becoming the lowest-ranked installment by audiences on Rotten Tomatoes and highlighting many issues with the series' Broken Base.
  • The fourth season episode "Something You Can Do With Your Finger" has a joke about the girls of South Park saying that they would be much more excited about meeting Matt Lauer than the new boy band that the boys are trying to start. The aneurysm then occurred in 2017 when Lauer was fired from his position at NBC due to his long history of sexual harassment towards his female coworkers.
  • Also in the fourth season in the episode "Cherokee Hair Tampons" when Mr. Garrison is given leave from his job as 3rd grade teacher. He goes to turns in his badge and gun [puts revolver on table], but being told that "most teachers do not carry a gun!", demonstrating what a Cloudcuckoolander he is. As of 2013, some groups are pushing for teachers to be given guns in the wake of school shooting tragedies.
  • In the season 15 episode "The Poor Kid", Kenny, his brother, and sister and Cartman are all placed in a group home run by exaggeratedly abusive and strict foster parents who punish them by spraying Dr. Pepper in their basement and force them to clean the house extremely spotless from top to bottom. It was (mostly) funny to watch but in light of the news of a California couple who systematically abused 12 of their 13 kids in an almost similar fashion, the episode would been seen as hard to watch.
  • "Sexual Harassment Panda", while already dealing with touchy subject matter, becomes even harder to watch in light of the #Me Too! movement, where sexual harassment accusations, particularly against public figures, have become even more prominent in the news.
  • "Manbearpig" manages to be this both in a meta sense and in-universe through the power of Real Life Writes the Plot. The titular cryptid is a metaphor for climate change, which wasn't as widely supported in 2006 as it was in later years. Thus, environmentalist Al Gore was portrayed as a friendless Cloudcuckoolander making things up so people would give him attention. While the theory of global warming is still heavily debated, more science has come out in recent years in support of the Earth warming up, with some people noticing more drastic weather changes. To reflect these changing politics, the episode "Time to Get Cereal" released in 2018 confirmed that Manbearpig is real and is a greater threat than the boys ever predicted, murdering South Park residents and apparently even being a demon straight from Hell. With Al Gore having given up the fight, the boys now have to convince the town that Manbearpig is real... which, of course, many people don't still believe.
    • This can also apply to the episode "Two Days Before The Day After Tomorrow", where various characters mistakenly believe that a massive climate shift is coming on and start crying out "We didn't listen!" in fits of self-pity.
    • Any early episode with anti-environmentalist, global warming skeptic sentiment could probably fall into this, given how reports of species extinction and drastic weather changes are making that sentiment less acceptable.
  • The Video game, South Park: The Stick of Truth, has Princess Kenny, who served as a parody of Daenerys Targaryen of Game of Thrones during the "Black Friday" trilogy, pull a Face–Heel Turn for no reason other than a outrageous backstory she made up in the last second and becomes the Final Boss leading to many hilarious moments. Try finding the humor from it after watching Daenerys Targaryen, the character Kenny is parodying, pull a Face–Heel Turn in "The Bells" and slaughter thousands of innocent people with her dragon.

  • Regardless of whether you believe it's warranted or not, it's a bit of a premonition that Cartman became a commentary vlogger in an attempt to mimic PewDiePie, given how in the years following that episode, Felix has gotten a lot of flak for antisemitic and racist humor and, much like South Park, has been blamed for fostering alt-right sentiments. This also makes it bittersweet to some that Felix ends up saving the day from Cartman's power.
  • A Running Gag from the show's early days was Mr. Garrison asking the mayor if they can "kill all the Mexicans". Decades later, Mr. Garrison would become a parody of Donald Trump, and one of the most horrific things to come out of the Trump Administration would be the displacement and detainment of countless Mexican children in inhumane internment camps at the US / Mexico border.


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