‘South Park’ has Revitalized Itself by Perfectly Capturing Our Era of Outrage

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South Park has revitalized itself by perfectly capturing our era of outrage

“Where past South Park satires once looked at single issues,” says James Poniewozik, “this season is sketching something like a grand — if messy — unified theory of anger, inequality and disillusionment in 2015 America.” He adds: “By shifting toward serial stories, (Trey) Parker and (Matt) Stone have been able to make more complex arguments this season: acknowledging, for instance, that sometimes outrage culture has a basis in actual outrages.”

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