See, despite South Park still being on, it died a long time ago. Namely, it died in 2010, when it tried to air a two-part episode for its 200th episode anniversary. That's when South Park, which got away with cursing, depicting some of the most heinous things on Earth, and being just generally crude, crass, and badash, finally got done in by the censors.
See, there was a long plot that involved the prophet Muhammed, and so he was going to be depicted on the show (as he had been before). However, the network censors decided that, since that'd be insensitive to Muslims, he wouldn't be shown. Or, well, that's what the group said. What actually happened was terrorists threatened Comedy Central and the censors got spooked, so they pretended they were being sensitive.
Now, we're not saying a show shouldn't respect its audience, and we're not saying that changing a show because of censor's feedback is always a bad thing, but … well … Check out the video above. Instead of actually changing anything, Parker and Stone just put a black screen up with a small description. It wasn't funny. It wasn't challenging. It was just giving in to the fact that they were defeated. There are dozens of things they could have done when faced with this feedback, but instead the two just said, "Hey, uh, we got censored, sorry, bye."
Of course, the show had already started bleeding earlier, with some of its staples going away, such as …