‘South Park’ Forced Into Emergency Re-Write After Clinton’s Shock Loss

Like almost everyone else, South Park got the US Presidential Election very, very wrong.

Creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone were forced to re-write their post-election episode after Donald Trump‘s shock win. Earlier this week, South Park had shared a short clip and synopsis that appeared to predict a Hillary Clinton victory. 

Esquire reports that the since-deleted clip showed PC Principal getting the school ready for a visit from First Gentleman Bill Clinton aiming to fight “male locker room mentality”, while the synopsis read:

“The new administration has plans for Gerald on an all-new episode of South Park titled “The Very First Gentleman” on Wednesday, November 9 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on Comedy Central. PC Principal tries one more time to make peace between the boys and the girls. Meanwhile, Gerald comes face-to-face with the Troll Hunter.”

South Park shared a new clip of the re-written episode less than 12 hours after Trump’s victory, which contains the depressing reminder that “We’ve learned that women can be anything, except for president.”

The show famously operates on an insanely tight schedule to keep things topical, creating entire episodes in the week before they air to keep things topical as hell – but even so, this is a huge bloody effort.

Last time round (a.k.a. when Barack Obama was elected eight years ago) South Park released an episode which AV Club reports was “obviously” designed to be adapted to either an Obama or a John McCain victory.

But it looks like this time they were just a *liiiittle* overconfident.

The new episode has now aired, and The Daily Beast already has a review up.

Apparently, it begins with the news anchor calling the race for Mr Garrison (the show’s stand-in for Trump), while in the background a man shoots himself in the head.

“This isn’t how it was supposed to happen,
” the news anchor says.
Oh, South Park. Same.

Photo: South Park.