Colorado Senator John Hickenlooper Has Nothing But Kind Words To Say About South Park
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In a 2016 interview roundup celebrating the 20th anniversary of “South Park,” The Hollywood Reporter spoke with then-governor and current U.S. Senator for Colorado John Hickenlooper about the impact of the animated series. The local politician had nothing but praise for the show’s creators, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, and the exaggerated version of Colorado they portray in the series. “Trey and Matt are a rare breed,” Hickenlooper said. “How many artists consistently create smart, incisive, and wickedly funny material? Let alone for 20 years straight?”
As Hickenlooper’s kind words continued, the senator went on to frame “South Park” as serving in the same public role as journalism, a fourth estate that holds power accountable, saying, “We think of journalism as the unofficial fourth branch of government — a free, independent press is crucial to the success of our democracy. Likewise, satire is key to keeping our culture honest. ‘South Park’ keeps it real — and keeps us real — and we love it for that.”
In recognizing the ability of “South Park” to influence opinion and point out misconduct, Hickenlooper places the show and its creators on a historical continuum alongside Jonathan Swift, Stanley Kubrick, and other important satirists of their times.