Tell me this isn’t true.

Tell me this is solely a fun prank creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker are pulling to unnerve long-time fans, such as myself. What they’re doing is inciting a Purge-like riot with my emotions.

I find myself in the beginning stages of grief.

My denial is at war with acceptance. Recognition and acceptance don’t stand a chance against my unyielding, dedicated denial that I have raised as a baby, into being the lengthy, first stage of grief it is today.

Since 1997, South Park has put me in tears from laughing my heart out. Today, I still find myself in tears. Although, they all aren’t completely from a place of sadness, but in a place of remembrance — being that 10-year old boy in his room watching and listening to four kids cursing, swearing, and getting into trouble. The whole time with my finger on the remote ready to change the channel in case my parents barged in.

My parents had restrictions against R-rated movies and certain TV shows, such as Beavis and Butthead — I’d still watch these shows while at friends’ houses. It wasn’t until age thirteen when I was allowed free reign to watch whatever I wanted.

Until, then I had to keep my new explicit show a secret. It wasn’t until the South Park movie came out when my parents knew about it. My mother and I went with two of my friends and their mothers to see it in theaters. My mom and another loved it, found it crude and hilarious. However, the other mom was appalled. (Chase Harvey’s Mom.)

In the TV show, nearly every episode consists of a moral, or message, to keep it on air to teach kids — and adults — its many smart, but mostly absurd, life lessons. As a result, I wouldn’t be the person I am today had it not have been for this show. Then, as the years went by and I grew older, South Park stayed there by my side, growing, as well.

It has evolved over the years into having intelligent, meaningful episodes, focusing on more current and relative events happening around the world.

Despite its explicit, offensive, and sometimes racist humor, I’ve learned to be a better person growing up alongside its crudeness. I had already been raised with good morals and knowing right from wrong. Watching the show at a young age didn’t have a negative effect, at all. I’d say it was more positive, giving me a way to be more accepting of other lifestyles and laugh at the violence and horrible things happening in the world, as opposed to being depressed or afraid of others or even afraid to go outside.

I want to say more, but I know nobody will read past this — if they’ve read this far.

I just would like to express my love for this show and how much I am going to miss it if this hashtag is true.

Please don’t cancel.


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