Paramount+ has announced a new South Park special called ‘Joining the Panderverse’ which seemingly mocks Disney and Hollywood’s gender and race swapping in movies and television shows. Since the announcement of the special and its trailer debut, the internet has been buzzing with mixed reactions which, naturally, feels like it’s on-brand for any new piece of South Park content to drum up controversy.
The ‘Joining the Panderverse’ special not only tackles the gender and race swapping debate in Hollywood and Disney but it also targets the advent of AI and how it impacts society. The trailer shows the main cast including Cartman, Kenny, Stan and Butters but they’re portrayed by different actors and genders, clearly poking fun its subject matter.
The description provided by Paramount reads:
“Cartman’s deeply disturbing dreams portend the end of the life he knows and loves. The adults in South Park are also wrestling with their own life decisions as the advent of AI is turning their world upside down. Stream the new South Park exclusive event on Friday, Oct. 27 in the US and Canada, and internationally on Saturday, Oct. 28, only on Paramount+.”
“It seems South Park will be making fun of the dumb trend of changing established characters’ races and genders,” reads one Twitter comment. Another commenter says, “What I love about South Park: They punch everywhere, be it up, down, left, or right.”
There has also been a fair share of backlash for the special’s subject matter, with some saying it’s in poor taste while others think that South Park, in a way, is also pandering to certain demographics – contradicting the point of the episode. Meanwhile, others seem to be drawn to Kenny’s new design. “Ok, we all agree that the New Kenny is pretty hot, right?,” said another Twitter user.
South Park: Joining the Panderverse will air on 28 October but it looks like it’s limited to Paramount+ which isn’t available in South Africa. Check out the trailer below: