South Park, the animated television series that often tackles topical issues with a comedic twist, has shown that Bitcoin is being used as a mainstream payment medium in the not too distant future.
In the “Post COVID” episode of its 24th season which aired Thursday, South Park portrayed one of the show’s protagonists, Stan Marsh, paying for a stay at a cheap motel using Bitcoin (BTC) in around 40 years old, when the pandemic is jokingly about to end for good. The fictitious Super 12 Motel Plus – in a future where almost all brand names have ‘plus’ and ‘maxx’ included – will only accept ‘Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies’, with the show charging Marsh using a plastic card with the BTC logo and a QR code.
“This is the future – we have all decided that centralized banking is rigged, so we have more faith in uncontrollable Ponzi schemes,” the motel clerk said.
Many in the crypto space know South Park for its critique of the response of the US government and banks to the 2008 financial crisis, popularized by the “aaaand … it’s gone” meme – referring to Marsh immediately loses money after depositing it in a Bank. Other future predictions from the recent episode include self-driving vehicles, holographic digital assistants, and stand-up comedy becoming a shadow of itself amid “waking” culture.
While the SEO of cryptocurrency and blockchain in mainstream media is now somewhat common, it hasn’t always been so. The first TV series to feature BTC was the good woman in January 2012, but others continued to use emerging technology and the financial tool for both comedy and drama. This year, the character of James Spader in The blacklist claimed to know Satoshi’s true identity, and The Simpsons showed the price of BTC to move endlessly on an animated news feed.
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Bitcoin’s appearance in the popular animated series comes as the price of the crypto asset has remained mostly below $ 60,000 for over a week. According to data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro, the BTC price is $ 59,237 at the time of publication, having fallen more than 14% since reaching an all-time high of $ 69,000 on November 10.