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Pop Culture Political Spoofs: Simpsons, South Park, SNL get in on Election

By    |   Monday, 12 November 2012 04:33 PM

With the recent election coming to a close last Tuesday, pop culture’s main parodic pundits have come out in full force.

On Sunday night, "The Simpsons" spoofed the now-infamous Karl Rove Fox News meltdown. The program, which has expressed displeasure for Fox News in the past, had Bart Simpson’s opening chalkboard gag stick one to the relationship between Rove and the news network's election team: “I will not concede the election until Karl Rove gives me permission,” Bart wrote on the chalkboard.

As would be expected, "Saturday Night Live" took Romney and Rove to task as well.

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As Jason Sudekis played a sad Mitt Romney chugging milk in secret outside of a party, a Karl Rove played by Bobby Moynihan comes to join him.

“I still think you can win Ohio,” Rove says, before asking: “Can I borrow $300 million dollars?”

Romney then throws him over the balcony.

The creators of "South Park," in a moment tempting fate a la “Dewey Defeats Truman,” released the name of the Wednesday night episode as “Obama Wins.” It appears to not be a stretch now, but only in hindsight — they had the episode planned days in advance.

Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the show’s main creative forces, spun a strange web in the episode that mocked the entire electoral process: Obama conspired with China to steal votes from his opponent through the  owner of a Hummer dealership, the result was something that was “better for America,” even if it was gotten by ill means. There were webs involving Star Wars and Disney and a stand-in for Mitt Romney who was, quite literally, a quacking duck. The character of choice there is probably a reference to a line that Joe Biden said of Romney: “One quackin’ duck!”

Twitter users everywhere had their own fun with by creating a game of picturing Nate Silver doing improbable things while drunk, presumably from celebrating his big election prediction win (Silver is a statistics wizard who correctly predicted the electoral outcome of every state in the union). As an example, one NPR blogger tweeted, #drunknatesilver doesn't go back to the future. The future comes back to him."

An entire account Twitter account was also created for the phenomenon, garnering more than 5,000 followers.

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In the week following the election, pop culture's political parody heavyweights all came out to play, with spoofs coming from "The Simpsons," "SNL," and "South Park."
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