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South Park has been around since the nineties, running into the 2020s, yet Trey Parker and Matt Stone have covered a plethora of issues that still hold up today:

  • Season 4 has aged extremely well with many issues satirized actually becoming more prevalent than when they first aired such as people assuming a crime towards a person being a minority is directly a crime towards that minority, people condemning Western medicine in favor of pseudoscience holistic medicine, the South Park flag being changed for being considered racist, and actually having to work to lose weight.
    • "Chef Goes Nanners", specifically, has become very relevant in The New '10s with the controversy surrounding the calls for the removal of images and memorials of figures involved with the Confederacy by people in the southern US.
    • "Helen Keller: The Musical" Shows the fourth graders casting disabled Timmy as the titular disabled lead, due to his ability to portray the character with minimal effort. The professionally-trained understudy on the other hand took far too many liberties with playing Helen Keller and ultimately butchered her memory. Nowadays the casting of conventional actors as disabled or trans characters has become a heavily discussed topic due to these roles being among the few opportunities that actors who are trans or disabled can hope to attain. The film Music (2021) is a notorious example, with reviewers complaining that casting a neurotypical actress whose career could start from anywhere as a low-functioning autistic is both insulting and stifling to actors on the spectrum.
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  • In "Pinkeye", The children all dressing up as a popular Star Wars character while anyone who dresses as something unique or less celebrated is treated as an outcast. Given how the Star Wars franchise would make a (brief) resurgence in the 2010s, "Pinkeye" can work as a commentary on how over-saturation affects kids. And even in the years immediately following this episode's release, any kid going to school with any merchandise related to Jar Jar Binks could look forward to a whole lot of ridicule.
  • In "Trapper Keeper", Garrison's "The Reason You Suck" Speech towards Rosie O'Donnell, and to an extent liberals in general, remains very relevant due to America's two-party system. The fact that this is about a kindergarten class's election for class president is also depressingly accurate of how some voters behave, as shown with how some people reacted to Trump's victory in the 2016 election, including riots and violence over the fact that they didn't vote for him.
    "Half the kids in the class didn't vote for your nephew, so what about them? You don't give a crap about them because they're not on your side! People like you preach tolerance and open-mindedness all the time, but when it comes to Middle America, you think we're all evil and stupid country yokels who need your political enlightenment!"

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