“Psychedelia can be defined as a subculture of people who use hallucinogenic drugs, primarily psychedelics, in order to experience a distorted perception of space, time, and reality. According to Humphry Osmond, the originator of the term in 1957, psychedelia described psychoactive drugs in general. He recommended, “To fathom Hell or soar angelic, Just take a pinch of psychedelic.” With both of these characterizations, this category will peer into psychedelia to unwrap some substances and offer guidance as we all search for our undeniable inner selves.”
With the recent 86th Academy Awards coming to a close, we found it best to reminisce on the occasion by revisiting the 72nd Oscars in 2000, where “South Park” creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker attended the event while tripping on acid, also known as LSD (Lysergic Acid Diethylamide), and wearing dresses resembling the ensembles of Jennifer Lopez and Gwyneth Paltrow from the year before. Essentially, Trey Parker was nominated for Best Original Song for their work on the masterpiece “Blame Canada,” in their zany and blasphemous blockbuster entitled, “South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut.” However, mere attendance was out of the question, as they used this approach to honor the Academy Awards with a big, “fuck you.” In the video below, borrowed from “The Making of South Park: 6 Days to Air,” this dynamic dyad explains the details of their experience.
For Matt Stone and Trey Parker it has always been about pushing the envelope, in order to deregulate this mechanical world back into something resembling the chaos we started with. Originally, they had planned to attend in large duck outfits, but knowing that would give the hosts a reason to exclude them, they simply utilized women’s clothing, alongside a sugar cube of cid. In a similar manner to the way they handle contemporary issues and censorship on their show, Stone and Parker are calculated deviants, picking and choosing their strikes against the modern standardization of conduct. Some celebrities invite controversy for the purpose of notoriety, but these creators differ from those vain brays by actively critiquing our culture, politics, and economics. Instead of just accepting the structure we are unwillingly thrust into, they question the functionality, they shake the foundation, they remind us of the fact that we created this society, yet we are slaves to the invisible hand that seems to be moving it along. As in the poem “Ode” by Arthur O’Shaughnessy goes,
“We are the music makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams;—
World-losers and world-forsakers,
On whom the pale moon gleams:
Yet we are the movers and shakers
Of the world for ever, it seems.”
Do not be a slave to the present, for time shackles only he who defends the status quo. These lines are demarcated in invisible ink, so do as Matt and Trey, and test the boundaries.
As a bonus, here is another video of Matt Stone and Trey Parker talking about their “trip” to the 72nd Academy Awards on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live. Apparently, they were not allowed to say the word “acid” on David Letterman’s show, so they instead used the term “sheening” for dropping L. However, this patois made the public believe they were doing cocaine, due to the Charlie Sheen reference. Therefore, they used Jimmy Kimmel’s show as a platform to set the record straight that they were, in fact, using acid.