The creators of Comedy Central’s South Park have long enjoyed letting fans and the media debate their political leanings. Are they liberal? Conservative? Libertarian? What do they believe, really? Or are they just totally apolitical?
Trey Parker and Matt Stone opened up (a little) in a new interview published in UK’s The Guardian while promoting their hit Broadway musical The Book of Mormon coming to London. The duo told the interviewer they don’t vote (“because we’re not allied to one particular side, so it feels painful,” Stone said), yet revealed two political stances that they both agree on. “Gay marriage and guns,” Parker said. “We’re for both of those.”
Stone added, “We’re from Colorado, and look at the way Colorado’s gone politically in the last few elections, it’s now gay-friendly, weed-friendly, gun-friendly. There’s an element of Colorado that I think is in us.”
The article notes the interview was conducted before the recent Sandy Hook shootings, though it was presumably after the shootings in a Colorado theater showing The Dark Knight Rises last summer. The creators didn’t reply to our request for further comment.
The guys also talk about their row with singer Kayne West (“You just want to say, ‘Dude, look at yourself. Look at yourself,’” Stone says), their fallout with the late South Park voice talent Isaac Hayes and their attitude toward celebrities in general. “If you’re famous, you suck, just for being famous,” Parker said. “People in England totally get that; Americans don’t.”