Dear South Park,
Thanks for saying it was OK to be gay when the US banned the LGBTQ community from being out in the military and the UK had a piece of legislation saying schools weren’t allowed to talk positively about homosexuality.
Thanks for having handicapped characters who are fun, rather than tragic, figures.
Thanks for making people laugh at both themselves and the terrorists after 9/11.
Thanks for showing religious people aren’t all stereotypical bigots or terrorists, no matter what they believe, and that fearmongering leads to blind hatred. Thanks for showing that Scientology is a cult rather than a religion.
Thanks for acknowledging the sheer political frustration of the wasted vote. Thanks for showing gay parents are just as capable as straight ones.
Thanks for admitting white people can never understand the implications of the N word.
Thanks for showing the brutality and evil of conversion camps.
Thanks for portraying Tourettes’ syndrome sensitively.
Thanks for reminding us how ugly the hounding nature of celebrity culture is. Thanks for showing us the bitter self-harm nationalism does.
Thanks for telling cancer victims they should always keep up the fight.
Thanks for showing the scapegoating power of austerity that makes the poor shoulder the problems of the rich.
Thanks for mocking the crazy political conspiracists who ignore real problems in society in favour of ideological bullshit.
Thanks for attacking the irresponsibility of corporations who don’t work hard enough to protect the environment.
Thanks for showing how crushing and painful life with depression is.
Thanks for calling out people who seem to be trying to make positive movements and end up doing more damage to their causes than good.
Thanks for attacking the disgusting systemic prejudice that surrounded Trayvon Martin’s murder.
Thanks for showing how harmful unrealistic body standards are.
Thanks for mocking the transphobia of bathroom bills.
Thanks for trying to warn us how much of a dangerous, shitty little demagogue Trump is.
But most of all, thanks for always showing us there isn’t just one way people think even if the issue should really be obvious. And thanks for always managing to make us laugh while you did. Thanks for 20 years of some of the best satire on television, and here’s to 20 more!