The cult television series finally made reference to the crypto industry, but don’t call the creators of South Park enthusiasts too quickly.
South Park usually doesn’t miss a beat when it comes to satirizing pop culture. And last night’s episode was no different, as the series targeted Bitcoin.
“It’s the future – we’ve all decided that centralized banking is rigged, so we rely more on instant Ponzi schemes.”
Declare a motel employee to Stan Marsh in the episode. At the motel’s reception desk, a sign says “Bitcoin only”.
Last night’s episode is called “Post COVID” and it takes about forty years into the future. The pandemic is finally on the verge of disappearing and people pay for goods and services with plastic Bitcoin cards with QR Codes.
Little escapes the satirical aim of show creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, but the cartoon — now in its 24th season — has been slow to grasp with crypto.
The crypto world, however, was quick to appropriate specific scenes from popular television series.
Crypto, South Park and popular culture.
The episode “margaritaville” from South Park in 2009, for example, gave rise to one of the most memorable lines of all time.
During the global financial recession, Stan’s father Randy takes him to the bank to teach him the importance of saving money. Randy gives Stan a hundred dollars to deposit. He goes and sits silently in front of the bank clerk, who taps a few keys as he says:
“We can put this check in a money market mutual fund, then we’ll reinvest the earnings in foreign currency accounts with compound interest yyyy and it’s gone.”
The footage of that scene was later reappropriated for a South Park crypto parody that many viewers initially thought was real.
In the fake footage, Kyle enters an SEC room and overhears a police officer telling Officer Foley that he sold “10 times before we released FUD!” Kyle then lodges a complaint with the cops about a chicken on Twitter, whose advice of “buy the sauce” caused Kyle to lose a lot of money.
Crypto has become extremely visible in pop culture this year with Dogecoin enthusiast, Elon Musk, appearing on SNL, Jimmy Fallon and Post Malone, both buying popular NFTs using MoonPay, and Ted Lasso referencing Bitcoin in the last episode of the season.
Given the popularity of cryptocurrency, it is perhaps surprising that there are no more minutes of cryptog footage from South Park.