As a kid growing up, it's very normal to think that everything animated was meant for your eyes to consume. Cartoons were for kids and not for adults after all, right? That's what I assumed, and that's also what my parents assumed until they saw South Park one afternoon when I was watching it. Boy were we wrong.
It must have taken not more than 4.283 seconds of viewing before it became outlawed in the home. It was crude, vulgar, perverse and I couldn't have loved it any more as a young, impressionable child. You wanted to stop me from watching this show after getting a taste of it? No way! I was already hooked! It was visual and audio cocaine and I loved every second I got to watch and needed more.
So I watched it anyway.
You see I learned something over the years. The thing about South Park is that behind the vulgarity, there lies a show that's smart, unafraid and one that offered sharp social commentary on the society we live in. I didn't pick up on these tones and messages as a kid, but as I got older, I started to appreciate the various layers that made South Park so special.
South Park didn't just teach me sarcasm and bad words as I grew older. It also taught me how to honest and truthful. The characters on the show always spoke their minds and each had their own code, their own ideals that guided them through life. On the surface it might appear as a dumb and stupid cartoon, but underneath all that, it was so much more. It was a learning experience.
I guess what I'm really trying to say is: screw you guys, I'm going home.