South Park has long parodied reality in an increasingly blunt and hilarious way, tackling online trolls, political correctness, gentrification and even last year's American presidential election. Creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker try to hold up a mirror to our reality and usually the humour writes itself.
And the latest episode from the new season couldn't reflect that more.
Matt and Trey decided for their season premiere, they'd focus on a product that's growing in people's households: intelligent personal assistants like Amazon Echo's Alexa and Google's Home. When a user says the product's name, it activates and will respond to for every question or request.
But South Park managed to troll anyone who has one of these devices in the same room as their television.
Check it out here:
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In the episode, titled 'White People Renovating Houses', Cartman falls in love with Amazon's Alexa and every time he asks the device a question on the show, it's loud enough to activate a viewer's real life Alexa.
But Moritz wasn't the only person to have his Alexa boot up when Cartman made a request.
People had very strange things like scrotum balls added to their shopping lists and alarm clocks set for 7am, which might have caused a very unwanted surprise in the morning.
It was a hilarious troll that demonstrates why South Park continues to be one of the smartest, yet crudest animated shows on the planet. While it started with silly jokes, it's mastered the art of satire and parody that its rivals are yet to conquer.
However, there were mixed reactions from the previous season, which had one storyline progressing throughout: the American presidential election. Those fans who weren't happy with the singular theme should be happy that Season 21 will revert back to the old format where each episode will be different.
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During an interview with LA Times, Trey reflected on the most recent episodes: "We fell into the same trap that Saturday Night Live fell into, where it was like, 'Dude, we're just becoming CNN now'. We're becoming: 'Tune in to see what we're going to say about Trump'. Matt and I hated it but we got stuck in it somehow."
Trey added: "I want to get back to Cartman dressing up like a robot and [screwing] with Butters, because to me that's the bread and butter of South Park. Kids being kids and being ridiculous and outrageous but not 'did you see what Trump did last night?'."
If this latest episode is anything to go by, the boys have certainly returned to the magical core of South Park.Featured Image Credit: South Park/Comedy Central