South Park's most explosive real life predictions – from Ebola outbreak to death of Osama Bin Laden
SOUTH Park has made some explosive real life predictions since it first hit screens in 1997.
While fellow long-running sitcom The Simpsons developed a reputation for accurately predicting future events, the Trey Parker and Matt Stone creation have done the same on several occasions.
Ebola virus outbreak
Back in 2014, Soth Park released an episode titled “Gluten Free Ebola”.
The town began to suffer as residents started dying as a result of violent gluten-related deaths.
In that same week, an Ebola strain was discovered; two nurses contracted the virus, but they were both able to recover.
The most widespread outbreak of the virus emerged in West Africa and in total 11,323 were killed as of May 2016.
Osama Bin Laden
Osama Bin Laden was a founder of the pan-Islamic militant organization al-Qaeda.
He was shot and killed at the age of 54 by a Navy SEAL in May 2011.
Eight months prior, South Park was one step ahead when the episode titled “It's a Jersey Thing” saw the al-Qaeda leader shot by a Special Forces commando.
In 2015, South Park brought in a new character called PC Principle, who endeavoured to enforce all things Politically Correct.
The character, who debuted in season 19, seemed to predict the way PC – and even “cancel” – culture, with the latter becoming very popular on social media.
In the coming years the two terms would become a central topic in future political debates.
Way back in 1999, an episode from Season 3 called “Chinpokomon” made fun of the Pokémon video game franchise, which was growing in popularity.
The south park kids couldn't get enough of it and decided to buy every piece of merchandise related to the game.
As it turns out, the function of the Chinpokomon device tracks each player’s location and send the information back to the game’s developers, much like the real-life Pokémon Go which was wildly popular back in 2016.
Sports teams changing their names
In the “Chef Goes Nanners” episode from season four, South Park character Uncle Jimbo asks what will happen if and when South Park decides to change its flag.
“What about the baseball team, the Cleveland Indians, huh? Should they change their name because it’s racist?”, he said.
Several years later, in December 2020, the two-time World Series champions decided to change its name due to protests from fans and Native American groups.
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