When I say the words crude humor, what comes to mind? Probably inappropriate, sexist, racist and disgusting comments that should rightfully offend individuals. This type of humor that has been a staple in adult animation since "South Park" began in 1997. But, in 2018, does this kind of humor still have a place in today's society?
"South Park" to me, is the beginning of crude humor in adult animation. With "Family Guy," "American Dad," "Big Mouth" and many others pushing the boundaries time and time again alongside "South Park." Some of these shows are classics, but there has been a rise of crude adult animation in the last 10 years.
I do not want to bog you down with titles of shows, but it is important to know some of these shows primarily so you can look them up later.
Knowing that today's society is becoming more progressive. It made me wonder about these shows like "Rick and Morty," "Big Mouth" and "Brickleberry." There is without a doubt a large fanbase that loves these shows to the point of worship. But, are they in the wrong for liking these shows in a time when we need to become united instead of divided?
I say that these fans are not in the wrong because everyone has a slightly different approach to humor. I know some people who would and do despise shows like "South Park." Personally, I love crude humor probably because it is so raw and not the fluffy stuff.
I do realize the horrible assumptions and racist remarks these shows make, but I am not all up in the arms against them for that. For example, "Brickleberry" makes jokes about Denzel, who is a black park ranger, being lazy and owing child support.
Now, many would and should take offense to those assumptions, but I think Denzel is a hilarious character and he simply confirms those stereotypes in a comedic way. Yes, at times these shows go way overboard and I acknowledge those facts. Those are the times where I think these shows shouldn't try and push hotspot buttons.
How can someone who is a feminist like shows that bash everything that a feminist may be against? It is very simple. I don't let it define my view on the show. A lot of the shows that show this crude humor are also the most advanced in terms of understanding social issues around the world.
"South Park" is without a doubt the best example because they tackle the most pressuring issues and put their comedic twist on it. In one of their episodes, all the Canadians are flocking to America, mainly in South Park, Colorado. So one of the characters, Butters, starts to date a Canadian girl and when he meets the girl's family, the father explains why they left Canada.
"Nobody really thought he'd ever be president. It was a joke! But we just let the joke go on for too long. He kept gaining momentum," the Canadian says. "By the time we were ready to say, 'OK, let's get serious now, who should really be president,' he was already being sworn into office. We weren't paying attention … We weren't paying attention!"
This quote should look familiar to what our country went through in the presidential election of 2016.
You have to give them props for dealing with this issue that really shaped our country. If you look beyond the crude humor of these shows, you will also see that they do a great job at just explaining life in general.
"Big Mouth," which is a more recent show on Netflix, deals with the dreaded experience of puberty of middle schoolers and the creators don't leave anything out. I mean they talk about the wet dreams, girls' menstrual cycle and all the horrible things that puberty brings along.
I cannot remember the last time I saw a live-action show actually tackle these somewhat "taboo" subjects that virtually everyone has or is currently going through. To have an animation show deal with these issues is an unbelievable thing to see. And believe me, this shows holds nothing back and every possible concern of puberty is discussed at length.
While adult animation has given us some of the most obscene and grotesque subject matter. They have the freedom to talk about social issues and life in general. I think that is a great trait of these shows. Crude humor shows push the boundaries, but they can also give us the best representation of what is truly happening in our world.