The deepfakes came to stay, being available within app range and with not inconsiderable results to be made with a cell phone. And taking advantage of this technology the creators of ‘South Park’ have gone further, creating a series whose protagonists are deepfakes of well known characters.
Without going any further, the protagonist of ‘Sassy Justice’ is Fred Sassy, who takes the face of the president (for the moment) of the United States Donald Trump. This is a satire that is entirely starring fictional characters or not at any time are who they seem, thanks to this technology, giving a fairly good result (while disturbing in some cases).
In the last few years we have been seeing how deepfake technology advances and just a few months ago we talked about the potential in cinema. Far from being Disney who has applied it in this case, Trey Parker and Matt Stone are betting on this technique so that Trump, Ivanka or Al Gore will be in their production.
The main character, who we talked about in the introduction, is Fred Sassy, a reporter from Cheyenne News (Wyoming, United States), who, although he wears gray hair and not orange hair, has the face of Donald Trump. Ironically, the report he covers in what is the first chapter of the series for now is about deepfakes, making the parody that these are rag dolls (and not themselves).
The result is well achieved, seeing that they also emulate Ivanka Trump, Mark Zuckerberg, Michael Cane, Al Gore, Julie Andrews (with the age of ‘The Sound of Music’) and others, not always embodying the person they are faking. We will see that the lost look that usually remains in the deepfakes is noticeable, but it is quite punctual and the actors allow themselves to make numerous notches without seeing evident aberrations in the false face.
However, we must remember that this is a creation of the authors of ‘South Park’, an animated series characterized by sappy humor and above all, rude words, so when you watch the video (and above all, listen to it) keep this in mind in case the atmosphere is not the best. It’s a regular NSFW, as you might expect.
We’ll see who comes out in the next episodes if the production goes ahead (at least they announce a second). So far it’s on YouTube and the first episode has been 15 minutes long.
The truth is that it’s a curious experiment that shows that although you don’t always get the best result, deepfakes can be confusing because of their precision. Even NVIDIA thought that this technology could help us in the increasingly common video calls, making our eyes correct to always look at the camera (when what we do is look at the monitor).
Of course, we’ll see how the impersonators react, and if they don’t do it with demands, as Jay Z did with a YouTube video in which his voice was supplanted in that case. In fact, both Twitter and Facebook are already using tools to detect (and in the first case even veto) deepfakes.