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Britney’s New Look!!

I am – Hercules!! Britney Spears tonight joins Jennifer Lopez, Paris Hilton, Barbra Streisand, Sally Struthers, Kathy Lee Gifford, Hillary Clinton and Oprah Winfrey on Trey Parker’s ever-swelling shit-list.

Comedy Central says:
STAN AND KYLE HAVE TO GET BRITNEY SPEARS TO THE NORTH POLE IN AN ALL NEW “SOUTH PARK” ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19 AT 10:00 P.M. ON COMEDY CENTRAL NEW YORK, March 17, 2008 – When the boys help Britney Spears get to the North Pole, they discover the shocking secret behind her popularity in an all-new episode of “South Park,” entitled, “’Britney’s New Look,” premiering on Wednesday, March 19 at 10:00 p.m. on COMEDY CENTRAL. Britney Spears is trying to get away from it all in the mountains near South Park, Colorado when the boys have a run-in with her. Stan and Kyle get caught up in Britney’s celebrity and the never-ending feeding frenzy that follows her wherever she goes.
10 p.m. Tuesday. Comedy Central.

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  • March 19, 2008, 12:20 p.m. CST


    by springfieldmofo

    Maybe ?

  • March 19, 2008, 12:22 p.m. CST's like that Free Willy inspired episode..

    by Reel American Hero

    But with Britney Spears in place of a whale they think is from outer space? Sounds dumb, but hopefully they can pull some comedy out of this. One other thing, I say three more posts till someone posts either something about how the show is 'irrelevant' or something about family guy sparking a shit talking debate that carries on for the rest of this tb.

  • March 19, 2008, 12:23 p.m. CST

    ^ as South Park would say...

    by yanksno1

    Douche. First posts are so lame. At least have something constructive to say.

  • March 19, 2008, 12:28 p.m. CST

    Something about Family Guy!!

    by Psynapse

    There, match lit. Commence firebombing at will.

  • March 19, 2008, 12:30 p.m. CST

    South Park isn't irrelevant...

    by d1138 fact, they're almost *too* relevant, in that the "ripped from the tabloids" episodes are dated about a year later. However, the last episode (and most of last season) was pretty weak. And redundant.

  • March 19, 2008, 12:58 p.m. CST

    Golden Compass?

    by TroutMaskReplicant

    Oh, I dunno. Why not?

  • March 19, 2008, 1:11 p.m. CST

    Topicality: Not Just For Ointments!

    by Aquatarkusman

    Take THAT, former Disney Club ingenue! Keep sticking it to the man, Trey and Matt!

  • March 19, 2008, 1:15 p.m. CST

    South Park Brings Back Memories

    by Sithdan

    I've been watching South Park since it debuted on Comedy Central in 1997. Back then, my friends and I were still in college and thought this was the best thing to ever happen to television since MTV. We used to have rituals every Wednesday night when we would meet up at my cousin’s house to watch South Park and order pizza and drink beer. Now, as my friends and I have matured into our late 20s and early 30s (damn, I feel old all of a sudden), most of them feel they've "outgrown" the show and have since gone on to other programs. Some of them have gotten married and are raising young families of their own. The only T.V. they watch now is what every other Tom, Dick and Harry watch in Middle America - The Apprentice, Dancing with the Stars, American Idol and Deal or No Deal. Some members of my college posse didn't even know South Park was still on the air. They definitely don’t want their own kids watching it (What is it about married life that makes people turn into puritans?). I'm the complete opposite. I still watch the show as I did back in college, if not more so. Maybe it’s because I’m still single, I don’t know. I think South Park is just so well written and just funny as hell. I can’t imagine life without it. Some older viewers simply don't like South Park. They find it crude, irreverent and obnoxious. Some of my friends still think it's funny but just dismiss it as sophomoric toilet humor. Man, I wish we were in college again.

  • March 19, 2008, 1:15 p.m. CST


    by apolo_sputnik

    If we could all just see things through the eyes of Erik, Stan, Kyle and Kenny. Okay, maybe not so much Eric.

  • March 19, 2008, 1:22 p.m. CST

    Whatever happened

    by SoWasRed2012

    to that episode of Family Guy that Seth McFarlane said would be a retaliation to the cartoon wars South Park?

  • March 19, 2008, 1:24 p.m. CST

    Old Age

    by shellfishh

    Eventually, I will be 87 years old, sitting in a rocking chair on the porch and near catatonic. And every time I see a cat walk by I will mutter "No, Kitty! That's my pot pie!"

  • March 19, 2008, 1:30 p.m. CST

    I Loved the First Couple of Seasons...

    by Aquatarkusman

    ... and even if later episodes have been great, I only have a 4-5 season tolerance for most things (Simpsons got seven, from #2-8, for me). I lost it when I saw Eric farting fire in the very first episode.

  • March 19, 2008, 1:38 p.m. CST


    by Series7

    Yeah i've been thinking the same thing. Probably Seth looked at his big pile of money and was like.... eh whatever. Can't these two shows get along? If it weren't for the people that watch either show, neither would exsists. Its not like they are aimed at different age/people.

  • March 19, 2008, 1:44 p.m. CST

    I kinda miss old Cartmen, but still like the show

    by Orionsangels

  • March 19, 2008, 1:48 p.m. CST

    Stupid Spoiled Whore Playset

    by tme2nsb

    Remember that episode? Yes, it was kind of late with the Paris jokes, but it was one of the better episodes too. I have faith in these guys...I have faith.

  • March 19, 2008, 2 p.m. CST

    Why do people keeep trying to ressurect her career?

    by drewlicious

    Is there any money left to be made? Hasn't this well been tapped dry? I've never seen an episode of that sitcom she's guesting on but the thought that crossed my mind is, "Oh good. Another struggling actress goes hungry while the producers strick this trainwrecks ego for ratings." Nice. So here's hoping South Park really rips into her and everyone around, I want this to make the Paris Hilton episode to look like a love letter.

  • March 19, 2008, 2:10 p.m. CST

    last week wasnt funny

    by JeffManSixtyFo

  • March 19, 2008, 2:19 p.m. CST

    I really hope they show some sympathy for her

    by hst666

    She clearly has mental issues. If all she had were self-indulgence or drug dependency, I'd say swing away, but she genuinely appears to be bi-polar and somewhat dissociated rom reality.

  • March 19, 2008, 2:22 p.m. CST


    by 5-15-9

    Agreed. I just didn't laugh. I smiled, I chuckled, I was even interested a bit, bit I did not laugh. And that's a first for South Park, for me personally.

  • March 19, 2008, 2:26 p.m. CST

    After last season

    by The Winged Doucheman

    Matt and Trey have a free pass to make a few crappy episodes, so long as they deliver another Imaginationland level story sometime this season.

  • March 19, 2008, 2:27 p.m. CST

    No more Pop culture episodes please!!!

    by picardsucks

    Watching Spooky Fish last night and although I stilllove the show I forgot how fucking great it was. Especially the many many times they parodied original Star Trek

  • March 19, 2008, 2:27 p.m. CST

    Trey and Matt caused the strike

    by Stevie Grant

    Anyone remember how last summer those two signed that groundbreaking deal with Comedy Central where, SouthParkStudios gets to show full episodes online and Trey and Matt get half of the add revenue? Then, a few months later the WGA went on strike wanting a cut of the online ad revenue?

  • March 19, 2008, 2:27 p.m. CST


    by Stevie Grant

  • March 19, 2008, 2:36 p.m. CST

    I bet this is more of a "attack the media" ep

    by chrth

    Than an anti-Britney one

  • March 19, 2008, 2:53 p.m. CST

    Wow, so many haters

    by bonerama

    Did ANY of you watch Imaginationland? South Park is better than its ever been. Fuck off, get out of the talk back if you're just gonna hate. This ep will be pure gold.

  • March 19, 2008, 2:54 p.m. CST

    South Park is TMZ animated!

    by skywalkerfamily

  • March 19, 2008, 3:06 p.m. CST

    For the most part, it is unfortunately

    by Reel American Hero

    Well, these days at least. But it's usually funny, and they do have a few episodes a season when they do some original shit, like the previously mentioned Imaginationland trilogy.

  • March 19, 2008, 3:13 p.m. CST

    There never been a Boondocks TB?

    by EvilWizardGlick

    BNoondocks is the Black South Park. <p> Why no talkback? <p> Is it liberal guilt?

  • March 19, 2008, 3:20 p.m. CST

    Trey and Matt are creatively bankrupt,

    by Rupee88

    ,but taking millions from Comedy Central to continue the move on their part, and I'm happy for them, but no reason to watch anymore.

  • March 19, 2008, 3:21 p.m. CST

    There have been Boondocks TBs in the past

    by chrth

    Just not a weekly occurence. Of course, South Park isn't always a weekly occurence if the ep info isn't available in time.

  • March 19, 2008, 3:24 p.m. CST

    The last episode wasnt that funny

    by semisaj

    except seeing butters and cartman blacked up...before breaking into Kyles house...that had me cringing and laughing at at the same time

  • March 19, 2008, 3:37 p.m. CST

    I agree that last week was so-so...

    by Richard Cranium

    But South Park is still capable of delivering pure gold at any given time. So I'll be watching.

  • March 19, 2008, 3:40 p.m. CST

    We have a kick-ass Boondocks talkback in The Zone!

    by Mose Schrute

    Is Herc's column the only part of AICN you read?

  • March 19, 2008, 4:18 p.m. CST

    Haven't watched this show in years...

    by Mr. Profit

    But due to the lack of programming out there I will watch tonight. Poor Britney though, she has obvious mental issues. I'm thinking after a night of partying someone probably took advantage of her. Why else would she suddenly shave her head? Anyhow, why is John McCain on AICN? Is he passing time before the Cialis kicks in?

  • March 19, 2008, 4:34 p.m. CST

    South Park is Brilliant

    by A-COD

    The Show just gets better and better. I have seen every episode and every season has had a least one classic episode. Anybody that says otherwise simply hasn't been paying attention. I'm HIV positive about this.

  • March 19, 2008, 4:46 p.m. CST

    fuck you mcain

    by MrPresident

    youll never get me lucky charms

  • March 19, 2008, 5:10 p.m. CST

    It's Britney, bitch.

    by johnnyangelheart

    I think that song kicks ass. And I'm not gay. I promise.

  • March 19, 2008, 5:34 p.m. CST

    John McCain is so old

    by skywalkerfamily

    his social security number is 1.

  • March 19, 2008, 5:35 p.m. CST

    Dawn Summers to 'Gossip Girl' - TV Guide.

    by Pennsy - Michelle Trachtenburg wound up with the plum role of Georgina Sparks which will play out during May sweeps.

  • March 19, 2008, 5:47 p.m. CST

    Gossip Girl..

    by Mr. Profit

    I don't know why, I don't know how, but I have never missed an episode of that show. It started out with me and my girlfriend watching it after suffering through Top Model, then her work schedule changed and she started working nights on Wednesday, and I STILL watched. There is some odd appeal about it. And Leighton Meester is insanely beautiful. I also agree with JohnnyAngel... Gimme More is a hot track. The beat is pretty sick. Too bad the video was busted.

  • March 19, 2008, 7:12 p.m. CST

    Can Sen. John McCain please be fucking banned already

    by jimmay

    I'm not even being partisan about this. If some twat impersonating Barack Obama or Hilary Clinton was posting useless, completely off topic commercials and wasting Aintitcool's bandwith, I'd say the same thing. Whoever you are, "Senator John McCain" please fuck right off. Soul soliciting pig fucker!

  • March 19, 2008, 7:22 p.m. CST

    Why would anyone want to go to The Zone?

    by chrth

    TB is where it's at. Always.

  • March 19, 2008, 7:31 p.m. CST

    Aids episode was great

    by Musicballs

    Just the idea of Cartman sneaking into Kyle's room and injecting AIDS into his mouth was worth the entire episode.

  • March 19, 2008, 7:34 p.m. CST

    South Park has seen better days.

    by Pariah74

    Better than ever? Meh...hardly. They are starting to get repetitious. Not as bad as some shows (Simpsons) but definitely the edge is gone.

  • March 19, 2008, 7:37 p.m. CST

    I liked last week's episode

    by shitstorm23

    At first I didn't like it. I was even a little offended, when Cartman squirts the blood in Kyle's mouth I really couldn't even muster a smile. But, once Kyle got pissed that Cartman kept saying, "I'm HIV positive" it killed me. And I think that's what they were going for there. They wanted to alienate you and then bring you back, because Cartman is still Cartman, even with AIDs. They should have hit the whole money cures AIDs idea harder, but oh well. I'm just trying to stay HIV-positive in an HIV-negative world, I suppose.

  • March 19, 2008, 8:01 p.m. CST


    by Herbert_Marcuse

    I don’t think my world is in high definition, Everything feels pretty one-dimensional to me. But maybe it’s just that I came to the recognition, That I live on a planet where it’s illegal to be free.

  • March 19, 2008, 8:02 p.m. CST


    by Herbert_Marcuse

    Every place I go, they record information, Filling out forms has become mandatory. They abuse our feelings of consternation, Telling us it’s all a matter of safety.

  • March 19, 2008, 8:02 p.m. CST


    by Herbert_Marcuse

    I wish there wasn’t so much regulation, I wish I had more mobility than a tree. I wish I didn’t live in George Orwell’s nation, I wish the video I posted online had more views than three. It’s hilarious and something I think you all should see, Just go to You Tube and type in ‘Karl’s Pee.’

  • March 19, 2008, 8:03 p.m. CST

    That was a poem that rhymed. READ IT AS SUCH.

    by Herbert_Marcuse

  • March 19, 2008, 8:18 p.m. CST


    by dahveed1972

    Im waiting (with dread) for the inevitable Obama episode where they do, in fact, GO THERE

  • March 19, 2008, 8:29 p.m. CST


    by INWOsuxRED

    the last two brand spanking new episodes of Human Giant were better than last week's South Park and every episode of SNL Herc has ever pimped.

  • March 19, 2008, 9:07 p.m. CST


    by ShiftyEyedDog2

    i just laughed my ass off at that gunshot!

  • March 19, 2008, 9:08 p.m. CST


    by Shermdawg


  • March 19, 2008, 9:09 p.m. CST


    by ShiftyEyedDog2

    she blew it off with a shotgun

  • March 19, 2008, 9:11 p.m. CST

    Just when I thought South Park couldn't shock me any more...

    by SifoDyasJr.

    I'm... just... speechless...

  • March 19, 2008, 9:13 p.m. CST

    if britney really commits suicide someday...

    by ShiftyEyedDog2

    they will get so much shit for this. but who cares. its frickin hilarious

  • March 19, 2008, 9:14 p.m. CST

    Holy shit... HA HA HA HA!!!

    by br1947

    I mean... DAMN!!! LOL!!! Best moment of silence ever!

  • March 19, 2008, 9:15 p.m. CST

    When is this episode going to be funny?

    by kratos8402

    Seriously part of me just wants to turn to something else right now.

  • March 19, 2008, 9:22 p.m. CST

    great scene, but its been all downhill from there

    by ShiftyEyedDog2

    laughed my ass off at the shot, but havent really even chuckled since then

  • March 19, 2008, 9:24 p.m. CST

    Was this episode written by Chris Crocker?

    by Bobo_Vision

    The annoying YouTube "Leave Britney Alone" gay douche. It seems like it...and its about as entertaining.

  • March 19, 2008, 9:30 p.m. CST

    Britney Spears is an easy target.

    by MartinBlank

    The point is, Trey and Matt didn't use her as a target this time. It's about the media feeding frenzy. This is shaping up to be one of the all-around best episodes. Actually more spooky than laugh-out-loud funny. Like some of the best satire.

  • March 19, 2008, 9:30 p.m. CST

    yea, it did go downhill after that

    by br1947

    but damn the shot was funny!

  • March 19, 2008, 9:31 p.m. CST

    Wow, Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery"

    by ShiftyEyedDog2

    trey and matt sure like to mix in some ecclectic things in their episodes

  • March 19, 2008, 9:31 p.m. CST


    by Bobo_Vision

    ...that episode wasn't funny at all. Instead it was disturbing and preachy, and for what? To leave Britney Spears alone? Yet another nail in South Park's coffin...and they have the nerve to claim Family Guy isn't funny.

  • March 19, 2008, 9:31 p.m. CST

    kudos MartinBlank

    by D'Jesus

    While not as laughably funny as I am accustomed to (though I did laugh a good bit), this was a great episode. MartinBlank is right on the mark about this one.

  • March 19, 2008, 9:32 p.m. CST

    THAT was one of the best episodes of alltime.

    by Shermdawg

    That shot of Stan looking at her body? Wow.

  • March 19, 2008, 9:32 p.m. CST

    Fucked up...

    by Mr. Profit

    The girl is mentally ill, but the show really didn't play her, it was more the media. And poor Miley Cyrus. She is next to face the backlash. They are totally right.

  • March 19, 2008, 9:32 p.m. CST


    by Deep Roots

    it seems to me that trey and matt were going more for poignant than anything else with this. if you hated it, then fine. but i thought it was rather poignant

  • March 19, 2008, 9:32 p.m. CST

    I agree MartinBlank, some damned good satire

    by br1947

  • March 19, 2008, 9:33 p.m. CST

    I don't care what anybody says, that was fantastic

    by Richard Cranium

    It's a great reinforcement of my opinion that everybody in the paparazzi deserves to have every member of their family get slow, uncurable cancer...

  • March 19, 2008, 9:34 p.m. CST

    Hmm, interesting episode.

    by kyle051554

    I love social commentary as much as the next guy, but South Park is supposed to be, first and foremost, a comedy. I appreciate what they were trying to do, and it's probably a good point they're making, but as I said, South Park is a comedy. The show's gotta make me laugh. Other than a chuckle here and there, this episode was pretty awful. Last week was forgettable, too. Hope next week is a return to form for the show.

  • March 19, 2008, 9:36 p.m. CST

    whoa whoa whoa, SP has ALWAYS been about social commentary

    by D'Jesus

    WHile it is definitely a comedy, the show has been about social commentary since it's inception. That's what's great about it.

  • March 19, 2008, 9:39 p.m. CST

    Britney loves attention

    by Bobo_Vision

    She invites Paparrazo into the can with her, and she's currently screwing a Paparazzo. If she wanted to avoid attention, she could stop going to high profile nightclubs and restaurants. "Wow dude, that was like so deep. The media is like, totally out to get Britney, duuuuude."

  • March 19, 2008, 9:39 p.m. CST

    here's what I don't get

    by CherryValance

    if we all agree with an episode like this, that "they" are basically hoping for her death, then why doesn't everyone leave her alone? Seriously. Who are "they" and what are they doing it for? Because it certainly isn't a stupid harvest. The media would say there is a market for that crap, and then everyone I come into contact with thinks it's the media. So wtf?

  • March 19, 2008, 9:45 p.m. CST


    by bonerama


  • March 19, 2008, 9:51 p.m. CST

    This was a very strong episode

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

    in style: camera angles, direction, color, tone, use of music; I know this show is supposed to be a comedy, but I think Trey really showed he has some talent beyond fart and dick jokes in this episode. Not only was there a good satirical message, but it was given substantial weight through atmosphere. I don't know if this topic (paparazzi) in particular deserved the strong treatment given, but I'm glad they attempted this stylistic experiment.

  • March 19, 2008, 9:54 p.m. CST

    The problem with this episode...

    by mefrog

    Was that there was absolutely not subtlety whatsoever. I love South Part social commentary, but the great thing about it was that nothing was never really openly thrown in your face, except for perhaps a final speech by Stan or Kyle. <br> This one had numerous speeches of those kind, right from the beginning, and every joke itself seemed to have an extra line thrown in just to make sure the audience got it. <br> I absolutely agree with the view that Trey and Matt have on the media when it comes to celebrities, and I thought a coupe parts of this episode (especially Butters as the squirell) were pretty funny but I wish the point of the episode hadn't been thrust into our faces numerous times throughout.

  • March 19, 2008, 9:57 p.m. CST

    Yay I called it!

    by chrth

    02:36:23 PM. I'm the man.

  • March 19, 2008, 10:06 p.m. CST

    Good article in Maclean's

    by MartinBlank I like how they say "We're not the cutting edge any more, so we can just do our thing and not have the pressure of being edgy." So they have the freedom to do one of these every so often that's not necessarily shit-your-pants funny. I mean, Cartman is their go-to character for easy laughs and he's gone after like two scenes. His fat ass was gone after he saw Half-a-Head Britney and never came back. It would've been way too easy to make Cartman be the paparazzi mastermind or something. Have him be the greedy bastard he always is. It would've been like 20 other episodes. This was different. I didn't laugh much but it sure as hell will stick with me.

  • March 19, 2008, 10:16 p.m. CST

    Good not great

    by Raymar

    I laughed up until Britney was in the hospital then I felt it was going nowhere but it came back in a big way with the last 10 mins and the Lottery twist. One thing I always say though: USE ALL 4 (3)KIDS! Last week Stan was awol, this time it was Cartman! Never a good sign.

  • March 19, 2008, 10:20 p.m. CST

    You people who don't get this episode...

    by UGABugKiller

    ... retreat to the depths of your parent's basement where you still live at 31, and leave the discussion to those of us who have the intelligence to understand this episode and discuss the many layers of analogy therein.

  • March 19, 2008, 10:26 p.m. CST

    Holy Shit....I was a little tipsy, but that episode...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...was heavy. Very very impressed. Excellent historical references, and a bunch of those shots were straight out of old human sacrifice horror flicks from the 70's....very impressed....

  • March 19, 2008, 10:29 p.m. CST

    Oh, and subtleties aside, the no top of the head...

    by FlickaPoo

    ....look Britney and the "gla gla gla..." way she talked is now burned into my imagination forever... FOREVER. Can't ask much more from a cartoon TV show. Oh, and I laughed WHILE feeling sick. Top that.

  • March 19, 2008, 11:07 p.m. CST

    Look! It's Fonzi--and he's waterskiing!

    by fiester

    Search your know it to be true.

  • March 19, 2008, 11:09 p.m. CST

    wow disturbing

    by Orionsangels

  • March 19, 2008, 11:09 p.m. CST

    it was heavy...

    by future help

    where in the hell did Cartman go after leaving the hotel. Never to be seen again for the entire episode. (for a second there...i thought he was gonna' come back into the hotel with a better camera. (profit)

  • March 19, 2008, 11:11 p.m. CST

    My first reaction was that it was terrible.


    I actually switched to something else for a few minutes. But the last 10 minutes were pretty outstanding. THAT SAID, the episode was laugh-free. I hope Matt and Trey aren't abandoning comedy altogether, because that's what these last two episodes have been like. Good social commentary with zero laughs. Consider me confused.

  • March 19, 2008, 11:19 p.m. CST

    best line was

    by logicalnoise01

    coming back to the debates and hillary in midsentence: "spearchuckers"

  • March 19, 2008, 11:22 p.m. CST

    Good for South Park

    by Larry of Arabia

    TMZ, Perez Hilton, and Entertainment Tonight all need to get smacked around.

  • March 19, 2008, 11:47 p.m. CST

    Hanah Montana is doomed

    by BrainFart

    they nailed that one

  • March 20, 2008, 12:23 a.m. CST

    Funny and disturbing

    by Musicballs

    I liked the Invasion of the Bondy Snatchers joke.

  • March 20, 2008, 12:34 a.m. CST get web 2.0 makeover

    by Mixiboi

    Speaking of the millions that Trey and Matt got for the rights to South Park on the internet... They upgraded their site to take advatage of this new youtube age...

  • March 20, 2008, 12:46 a.m. CST


    by second cousin of phartegod

    christ what a great ep.

  • March 20, 2008, 1:06 a.m. CST


    by jub3i

    i almost pissed myself when she said that. and again when i read your comment. good show.

  • March 20, 2008, 1:14 a.m. CST

    this was the most

    by Varakor

    disturbing South Park I've ever watched. It wasn't hilariously funny, but funny nonetheless. Still watching a headless Britney Spears... *cringe*

  • March 20, 2008, 1:35 a.m. CST

    Did SP ever do an OJ Simpson episode?

    by BurnHollywood

    I mean, as long as they're going to continue attacking "safe" media topics, maybe it's time they gave him some thought. Next up: Shopping carts with one sticky wheel, day-glo windshield wipers and Tom Cruise...again!

  • March 20, 2008, 2:18 a.m. CST

    OJ Simpson was briefly touched upon...

    by DanielKurland

    With the Ramseys and Congressman Condit all at once. This was a fantastic episode. Just because an episode isn't a laugh a minute doesn't mean it's not good. It was refreshing to see them take the side of a celebrity for once, and have something to say, in an incredibly extremist manner. Once again: fantastic episode.

  • March 20, 2008, 2:34 a.m. CST

    That squirrel is clearly nuts.

    by stinkyfingerz

    Very good episode!

  • March 20, 2008, 3:15 a.m. CST

    South Park at it's worst

    by Scapulawings

    Preachy and obvious. We get what they were going for in the first minute and the rest of the show adds no insight into that point what so ever. Ok, we get the media are vultures... and? Any chance you want to advance that point any further? No? Awesome! Not exactly cutting edge or even funny.

  • March 20, 2008, 3:17 a.m. CST

    by spidercoz Mar 19th, 2008

    by Scapulawings

    by spidercoz: "I said a long time ago the only way the Britney story can end is tragically." The problem is that everyone already thought that. We really don't need a South Park episode to tell us that. It's superfluous. It's a big "Yeah, no shit!" episode.

  • March 20, 2008, 3:47 a.m. CST

    Haha, I love how....

    by Bobo_Vision

    ...some people in this talkback are patting themselves on the back for being "intelligent" enough to understand this episode. <p> "Dude, that episode was soooo deep. They like totally need to leave Britney alone, dude. Some people are smart enough to understand South Park, dude."

  • March 20, 2008, 6:42 a.m. CST


    by songfighter

    Britney who? Fantastic episode!

  • March 20, 2008, 8:09 a.m. CST

    I thought they were referencing

    by skimn

    the old Tom Tryon ("The Other")novel Harvest Home, an even more obscure reference. Not only did this episode skewer the media, an easy target, but all those who critized Britney's weight gain, lifestyle, etc. without concern for her mental well being. A South Park sympathetic to Britney Spears??? Who'da thunk it.

  • March 20, 2008, 8:14 a.m. CST

    Actually, Hannah Montana is probably not doomed

    by chrth

    Unlike others that fall down the celebrity black hole, Miley's father is also a celebrity. That experience already present in the family should provide a nice cushion to protect her.

  • March 20, 2008, 8:16 a.m. CST

    ..and Butters mistaken for an animal once again

    by skimn

    like the anime episode....nice touch.

  • March 20, 2008, 8:20 a.m. CST

    Sorry, Going Back About 50 Comments

    by Aquatarkusman

    "South Park has always been about social commentary since its inception"--- right, farting fire and Kathy Gifford assassination attempts... I remember them as front page issues in 1996-7.

  • March 20, 2008, 8:29 a.m. CST

    It wasn't preachy at all, and it wasn't making fun of Britney...

    by ThatGuy05

    It was making fun of US, we were on the receiving end that episode...or the people obsessed with everything Britney does and are so SHOCKED when she gets a zit or has greasy hair. I loved what they did though, they made it seem like the episode was just about the fact that people were obsessed with her and people should leave her alone, and like it actually was going to be preachy, then it just went the complete and total opposite direction. You think its about how people love to watch celebrity’s crash and burn, and then they give it a purpose, so you are like, ok well why does she have to die? Then it’s the most ridiculous purpose you’ve ever heard of, a sacrifice for the corn harvest. It was not about leaving Britney alone, it was just about how stupid society is for this Britney-centric thing we have going on right now. Was I the only one waiting to hear a “CHEESY-POOFS” when that satanic singing kicked in?

  • March 20, 2008, 8:35 a.m. CST

    No Big Laughs?

    by A-COD

    The train conductor looks back at Britney and then a photo of an actual camel's toe and says "that's her alright". One of the funniest things I've seen all year.

  • March 20, 2008, 8:39 a.m. CST

    No Big Laughs? (Part 2)

    by A-COD

    The TV switches away from the Democratic debate to Britney coverage. It comes back as Hillary is saying the word "spearchucker". Oh yeah, Trey and Matt lost their edge.

  • March 20, 2008, 9:44 a.m. CST

    Great episode, and it didn't attack the media

    by David Cloverfield

    It attacked you and me. In the last scene Stan and Kyle joined in the chanting as they showed the new starlet on TV. IT's not the media who fucks up the girls, it's us, the sick fucks watching her ruining her life with a grin on our face. That was the point of the episode - we're all guilty.

  • March 20, 2008, 9:48 a.m. CST

    And the spearchucker joke

    by David Cloverfield

    had great build up and timing.

  • March 20, 2008, 10:20 a.m. CST

    More filler...

    by Christopher3

    Again, I think they're busting out these throwaway eps to buy time for something good about the election. If not, they're off their game.

  • March 20, 2008, 11:15 a.m. CST

    Not only was this episode unfunny, it was hypocritical

    by Bobo_Vision

    So Matt and Trey are pointing their finger at us, huh? Society? How big of them. This is a cartoon that was built on going after celebrities and treating their tabloid stories like truths - everyone from Michael Jackson, Tom Cruise, Mel Gibson, and whomever else is in the headlines. And now with Britney, they're pointing their finger at us? Fuck them. <p> I could care less about the daily going-ons of Britney, nor do I care what happens to her. She's an adult and has made her own choices in life. And Matt and Trey are taking a holier-than-thou stance after going after celebrities themselves for the last ten years, and likely future episodes as well???? Fuck them.

  • March 20, 2008, 11:43 a.m. CST


    by ThatGuy05

    You missed the point completely. They aren't taking a holier-than-thou stance, they showed her peeing on a ladybug for Christ sake, and then they blurred out “the offensive parts”, which was only her face. They are allowed to make fun of other people too, none celebrities, the general populous. They do it all the time. Clearly they make fun of celebrities and make a damn good living off of it too, but to think they were trying to be holier-then-thou is ridiculous. You said it yourself: “I could care less about the daily going-ons of Britney, nor do I care what happens to her.” Then why are you taking offense to it and saying “Fuck them”? The joke was not pointed at you, the episode was pointed at the people who are pathetic enough to still actually give a shit about her, and the fact that she doesn’t have the perfect body she had as a teenager. I am pretty sure everyone who visits AICN and is reading these message boards agrees with you, no cares about the day to day life of Britney, she sucks, and the joke was not pointed at people like us. It was pointed at the people watching “Extra” every night to see what Britney’s done now. If you don’t care about Britney, then you aren’t being made fun of, so why are you so pissed off?

  • March 20, 2008, 11:48 a.m. CST


    by ThatGuy05

    I also thought I was going to die when he identified her by the picture of the actual camel toe. "Thats her alright". I Friggen LOST MY SHIT.

  • March 20, 2008, 11:56 a.m. CST

    Human Sacrifice Kinda Made Sense

    by drewlicious

    Give the pretty girl some jewels and wealth and then toss her in a volcano. Make a girl a popstar then revel in her public humiliation and personal turmoil. Pretty much the same thing. It all happens so ladies in a beauty salon or some hateful fruitbar on the internet can feel superior to someone.

  • March 20, 2008, 12:19 p.m. CST

    The whole point of South Park is irreverence.

    by I Hope You Die

    The standard South Park formula is: the first act skewers the obvious target (Britney and the media); the second act turns the tables (us); and the third act is a twist that renders both the first and second act meaningless (the whole thing is a Harvest sacrifice). The whole point of South Park is: they're wrong, we're wrong, fuck it. You're all missing this larger existential point. Only my magnificent mind can appreciate it.

  • March 20, 2008, 12:22 p.m. CST

    Those who don't get it...

    by ZeroCorpse

    Need to spend a few minutes (or hours) watching people at a bookstore or grocery store when they grab the newest issues of LIFE & STYLE, OK!, LOOK!, STAR, People Magazine, or US WEEKLY. <p> YOU may not care about Britney (or any other celebrity gossip) but the sad truth is that the magazines I listed above are the top-sellers. Not TIME, not Rolling Stone, not Newsweek, not the New Yorker -- For every one of the intelligent periodicals I used to sell at my bookstore, I'd sell a few dozen of the gossip rags. <p> MOST people in our society are shallow, stupid, and celebrity-obsessed. Some of us roll our eyes at them, but that doesn't change the fact that we are in the minority. <p> If I had a dollar for every time one of these people tried to start a conversation about Britney, I'd probably have enough to retire on.<p> When given a bookstore gift card, about 80% of the American population will go into a Borders or Barnes & Noble and head straight for the magazine rack or DVD section. Books? What the fuck are they? I've had people plop down $50 worth of magazines and pay for them with a gift card. FIFTY DOLLARS!!! You know what good books you could buy for $50 in a decent bookstore?!?! <p> Then you have the people who work nearby, or are stopping to grab some reading material for the commute or their down-time at work-- They spend that time reading about Britney and looking at pictures of her stretch-marks. They start office pools about when she'll die, and how, and they joke about it. <p> It's not just a "Britney thing", either. When she's out of the picture, they'll pick someone else to be on the cover of the trash magazines. <p> And have you ever seen the insides of those magazines? Utter crap. Crap writing. Crap photography. Crap opinions. Crap dishing about celebrities. Crap speculation about celebrities gaining half a pound or wearing a band-aid. TOTAL CRAP. And people buy this stuff and consider it "reading."<p> This episode was satirizing THOSE people-- The ones I loathe. The ones who made my days in the bookstores seem sort of shallow, and made me lose a lot of hope for humanity, because here they were, surrounded by intelligent, amazing authors, and they picked up US WEEKLY or OK! Magazine instead. That's like having a choice between a delicious steak dinner and a piece of shit on a Big Mac bun, and picking the Big Shit-Mac.

  • March 20, 2008, 1:05 p.m. CST

    AIDS burger in paradise!

    by billis3811

    The catchphrase of the century

  • March 20, 2008, 1:07 p.m. CST

    I'm HIV Positive...

    by billis3811

    that if you don't like South Park, then You, to put it plainly, lick the balls.

  • March 20, 2008, 1:15 p.m. CST

    I was really hoping they were going to bash TMZ

    by drewlicious

    Everyone who is involved with that website and that show are truly detestable people. When they hit it big I wonder how much Papparazi activity went up because from the times I've gone to that website they have put up pictures of the most irrelevant crap. Oh my God, Jeremy Piven is picking up Ice Cream at whole foods!!! Someone made more money for that one picture than I did all week. And the one time I saw the show I couldn't help but think these people haven't matured past high school. Not a single personality in the bunch, just a bunch of snarky failures who need a serious beating. Especially the blond one with the vacant expression.

  • March 20, 2008, 1:19 p.m. CST


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  • March 20, 2008, 2:11 p.m. CST

    Never thought I'd see a show that referenced..

    by Reel American Hero

    I Am Legend, Frosty The Snowman, and I'm not sure what that last reference was with the townspeople and the chanting, but it reminded me of Hot Fuzz, or more accuratley whatever it was that Hot Fuzz was referencing...(Wicker Man maybe? I'm not sure.) Admittedly though it was mostly downhill after Britney blew her head off though. Though for that split second I'd laughed harder at the show then I have in a long time. Does that make me sick?

  • March 20, 2008, 2:40 p.m. CST

    The strength of South Park..

    by ian216a

    .. for me has always been that they use the "naive" viewpoint of the children to point out the obvious bullshit in accepted cultural norms. And that they do this while being consistantly funny and surreal. This weeks episode wasn't the funniest ever, but it was funny and a prime example of how the kids have to just say "WHAT THE FUCK?" at the things they see around them. My favourite example of this was the NAMBLA episode - after the NAMBLA member gave this heartfelt speech about how misunderstood they are one the kids just paused - looked at him - and said "Dude - you fuck kids!". OK so maybe kiddiefucking isn't an accepted cultural norm but you get my point about how they hit their targets. I'd agree with those people who found this episode too creepy to be totally funny, but the gargling Britney voice did crack me up every time. It did get great though with the harvest sacrifice scenes. It's amazing how they always get the tone and style of the film/TV genres they are ripping off so right, with the music and framing down to a tee - they never get the proper credit for that. Screw being "relevent" or "edgy" - South Park just takes the time to be good!

  • March 20, 2008, 2:44 p.m. CST

    And Clinton saying "Spearchuckers"

    by ian216a

    even Obama's minister has to laugh at that motherfucker

  • March 20, 2008, 3:24 p.m. CST

    Have an episode where Cartman waterskiies over a shark, please.

    by fiester

    They ought to just embrace their creative exhaustion and make it funny.

  • March 20, 2008, 4:54 p.m. CST

    the chanting was in reference to

    by WickedMonster

    THE OMEN...I think.

  • March 20, 2008, 4:57 p.m. CST

    Yes, Wicker Man was the reference

    by Razorback

    For both this South Park episode and Hot Fuzz.

  • March 20, 2008, 6:46 p.m. CST

    I get the episode and everything but..

    by Lemming

    ..seriously, the whole half-face thing was fucking disturbing as hell.

  • March 20, 2008, 8:57 p.m. CST

    see, this is why...

    by DukeDeMondo

    South Park is the best show on tv right now. And has been for some time. That a fella is genuinely upset, distrubed, and, somewhere, laughing, at the same time... how many shows - how many films - can pull that off? The final third of that was genuinely fuckin upsetting. Brilliant, is all. (And thank Christ - so very very different to the shockingly trivial and nasty and misogynist Stupid Spoiled Whore carry-on from a while back. That was just embaressing. And a bit sad.)

  • March 20, 2008, 9:09 p.m. CST

    Trivia question

    by Stevie Grant

    When that paparazzo sighted Britney leaving the building and made that weird scream, what that a "Screamers" reference? I can't place that sound, do any of you know?

  • March 20, 2008, 9:23 p.m. CST

    I thought it was the sound...

    by I Hope You Die

    ...a Tusken Raider makes.

  • March 20, 2008, 9:29 p.m. CST

    Stevie Grant

    by Bobo_Vision

    I believe that was a reference to the 70s version of "Invasion of the Body Snatchers".

  • March 20, 2008, 11:11 p.m. CST


    by ian216a

    definitely meant to be Donald Sutherland from bodysnatchers

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    by Orionsangels

  • March 21, 2008, 10:48 a.m. CST

    Disappointed with previous two seasons...

    by _Maltheus_

    ...but so far, I'm liking this one. I was laughing my balls off at points. The camel toe picture and the spearchucker line were fucking hilarious. Aside from Imaginationland, the previous two seasons hardly made me laugh at all. I also loved how everyone knew the lyrics to the Damian type music. Was expecting more from Cartman though.

  • March 21, 2008, 11:26 a.m. CST

    Zero Cropse...

    by seniorspeilbergio

    Great post. I feel your pain. Like a lot of people here, when the episode didn't first start launching on Spears i was a little dissapointed but as the episode unfolded, I saw what they were getting at and really loved and embraced what they were trying to say. Brittney wasn't the point, It was the fact that our supposed "civilized" society is anything but and our society is trained now to ficus on frivolous crap rather than important issues that determine the strength and well being of our society. To me, the funniest thing in that episode was how the democratic debates for the most important election in my lifetime keeps getting interrupted for "Brittney Wautch" and then suddenly everyone is sitting on the edge of there seat saying "Oh man, what's she done now". Fucking hilarious. That's truly the state of the nation. And the other side splitter for me was the kids joining in on the satanic chanting at the end. like it's inevitable to be assimilated into this bullshit society obsession. It really wasn't about Brittney or even the papparazzi. It was about, as usual, our fucked up society with our priorities completely out of whack. If it actually focussed on Spears, I'm sure they would have tore her a new asshole.

  • March 21, 2008, 12:29 p.m. CST

    Kids joining in...

    by ZeroCorpse

    Well, to be honest, when it concerns that hack Miley Cyrus, I don't blame them for anticipating her self-destruction. She drives me nuts.

  • March 21, 2008, 1:03 p.m. CST

    Butters made me do a spit take

    by TheSecondQuest

    The side note about the giant squirrel on the news came out fo nowhere and just killed me.

  • March 21, 2008, 10:39 p.m. CST

    Important episode

    by xdiamondxdanx

    Everything rings true.

  • March 22, 2008, 6:03 p.m. CST

    Re: Trivia question

    by fiester

    No it's an "Invasion of The Body Snatchers" reference from the one with Donald Sutherland.

  • March 22, 2008, 6:12 p.m. CST

    A better question is...

    by fiester

    Why did they have a character that looked exactly like Karl Malden in this episode? Did they get him confused with Edward Woodward? That made no sense.

  • March 23, 2008, 8:51 p.m. CST

    Two strikes so far

    by BeatsMe

    These 2 have been some of the worst they've done in years. Last year was great, but they seem to be in a really pissy, unfunny mood right now.

  • March 24, 2008, 10:56 a.m. CST

    There were people that didn't already "get it"?

    by INWOsuxRED

    Media exploits people and "we" feed the media? Thanks for finally explaining that South Park, I wouldn't have known otherwise. Maybe next week they can teach me a new lesson, like lying is bad or that I shouldn't drink & drive.