According to the creators of South Park, Bitcoin is the future
“It’s the future – centralized banking is rigged, which is why we end up trusting in fly-by-night Ponzi schemes,” said the motel clerk accepting Bitcoin as payment.
South Park, the series which usually takes on topical issues using a humorous approach, predicted that Bitcoin would become mainstream in the not too distant future.
In the episode ‘Post COVID’ of South Park 24th season which aired today, one of the show’s protagonists, Stan Marsh is seen paying for a stay in a cheap motel with Bitcoin (BTC) 40 years from around now, when the pandemic is jokingly about to start. The fictional Super 12 Motel Plus only accepts cryptocurrency as a form of payment, a trend that is becoming increasingly popular nowadays. In the future, many other brands have started using the word “plus” and “Maxx”. This indicates that it is not just fictional worlds that are showing this trend.
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“It’s the future- I’ve never trusted banks and these shady schemes seem so much more trustworthy in comparison,” said the motel clerk.
Many in the crypto field are familiar with South Park’s criticism of the United States government’s and banks’ response to the 2008 financial crisis, which was popularized by the meme “and… it’s gone” — referring to Marsh losing money he deposited in a bank immediately. Other future predictions in the most recent episode include autonomous automobiles, holographic digital assistants, and stand-up comedy becoming a shadow of itself in the face of “woke” culture.
Though talking about crypto & blockchain in mainstream media is much more common these days, it wasn’t always that way. The first TV series to mention BTC was The Good Wife back in 2012, but other series have since referenced the emerging technology. This year, James Spader’s character in The Blacklist claimed to know the true identity of Satoshi, and The Simpsons showed the BTC price moving to infinity on an animated stock ticking feed
Bitcoin’s appearance on the popular animated series comes as the price of the crypto asset has stayed mostly below $60,000 for more than a week. According to Cointelegraph Markets Pro, the BTC price is $59,237 at the time of publication after falling more than 14% since reaching an all-time high of $69,000 on Nov. 10.