South Park, the animated TV sequence that usually tackles topical points with a comedic twist, confirmed Bitcoin getting used as a mainstream technique of cost within the not too distant future.

Within the “Put up COVID” episode of its twenty fourth season which aired Thursday, South Park depicted one of many present’s protagonists, Stan Marsh, paying for a keep in an inexpensive motel utilizing Bitcoin (BTC) roughly 40 years from now, when the pandemic is jokingly about to finish for good. The fictional Tremendous 12 Motel Plus — in a future the place practically all model names have “plus” and “maxx” included — solely accepts “Bitcoin and different cryptocurrency,” with the present having Marsh pay utilizing a plastic card with the BTC emblem and a QR code.

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“It’s the long run — we’ve all determined centralized banking is rigged so we belief extra in fly-by-night Ponzi schemes,” mentioned the motel clerk.

Many within the crypto area know South Park for its criticism of america authorities’s and banks’ response following the 2008 monetary disaster, popularized by the meme “aaaand… it’s gone” — referring to Marsh dropping cash instantly after depositing it in a financial institution. Among the many different future predictions within the latest episode are autonomous autos, holographic digital assistants and stand-up comedy changing into a shadow of itself amid “woke” tradition.

Although referencing cryptocurrency and blockchain in mainstream media is considerably commonplace now, this wasn’t all the time the case. The primary TV sequence to characteristic BTC was The Good Spouse in January 2012, however others have gone on to make use of the rising know-how and monetary instrument for each comedy and drama. This yr, James Spader’s character in The Blacklist claimed to know the true identification of Satoshi, and The Simpsons confirmed the BTC price moving to infinity on an animated inventory ticker feed.

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Bitcoin’s look on the favored animated sequence comes as the worth of the crypto asset has stayed principally below $60,000 for greater than per week. In response to knowledge from Cointelegraph Markets Pro, the BTC worth is $59,237 on the time of publication, having fallen greater than 14% since reaching an all-time excessive of $69,000 on Nov. 10.