Black Zeppelin wrote:
Everybody these days try to be controversial because of South Park. South Park was naturally offensive and funny. Now everybody wants to be offensive and raise the bar. South Park started it all. Family Guy has shitty writers. South Park has mostly one writer for every episode. How impressive is that?
Trey Parker is a fucking beast. Go to wikipedia and look at the writers for the South Park episodes.
Seth McFarlane has nothing on Trey or Matt.
If anything, Beavis And Butt-Head was the inspiration for cartoons to be more controversial. South Park followed, but the trend was started by Mike Judge (for the modern era, anyway). Shit, I even remember newspaper articles about parents being pissed because their kids were attempting to do stunts they learned from the show. I grew up with that show and I remember all the controversy around it. A lot of parents, and even teachers, were fully opposed to it.
And as for the cursing and all that, while South Park took that a step further, there's no doubt in my mind it wouldn't have been possible without shows like B&BH.
And I dont care how "satirically brilliant" Trey and Matt are, I'll still take McFarlane's nonsense, hit-you-in-the-face humor any day.