Subject Matter in South Park - Celebrities

Celebrities

  • Barbra Streisand: in "Mecha-Streisand", "200", and "201", she gains evil-powers and destroys the town as a Mechagodzilla-style creature; in "Spookyfish", different visages from her TV and movie work appear as "Spooky Streisand" sidebars. Her name also seems to be something of a curse word in the South Park universe, as in South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut and "Osama bin Laden Has Farty Pants."
  • "Starvin' Marvin" and "Starvin' Marvin in Space" lampoon the charity efforts of Sally Struthers, who appears as a Jabba the Hutt figure in the latter episode.
  • "Butters' Very Own Episode": the parents of Butters Stotch try to conceal his attempted murder with the help of Gary Condit, O. J. Simpson, and the parents of JonBenét Ramsey.
  • In the episode "Fat Butt and Pancake Head", Cartman makes a Jennifer Lopez hand puppet, which suddenly develops a personality of its own and becomes a singing sensation. As a result, the real J-Lo is fired from her record label and Ben Affleck falls in love with the hand puppet.
  • Affleck, prior to "Fat Butt and Pancake Head", also appears in "How to Eat with Your Butt", where it's revealed that he is the long-lost son of a couple suffering from a fictitious congenital condition called "torsonic polarity syndrome" (TPS), which causes victims to appear to have buttocks in place of their face.
  • Rob Reiner is derided as a hypocritical activist (who overeats, but opposes smoking) in "Butt Out".
  • John Edward's mentalist/medium practices are criticized in "The Biggest Douche in the Universe".
  • Jared Fogle is satirized in "Jared Has Aides": a play on his use of personal trainers in the episode.
  • Russell Crowe is playfully mocked for his Gladiator role and his violent fights in "The New Terrance and Phillip Movie Trailer".
  • During "The Biggest Douche in the Universe" Rob Schneider is shown in four movie previews. The previews depict Rob Schneider transforming into a stapler, a carrot and Kenny McCormick. One of the previews is more like a template with often used phrases "Until one day", "From the creators of" and "Rob Schneider is" between which it's filled with nonsensical gibberish. Rob Schneider is shown dancing in a discothèque, walking into a lamp post, drinking some liquid in a laboratory and falling down stairs.
  • Mel Gibson is the subject of Cartman's fascination with The Passion of the Christ, culminating in "The Passion of the Jew", wherein Gibson retaliates as a crazy Braveheart figure for Stan and Kenny taking back from him the $18 they spent on The Passion. Gibson also shows masochistic tendencies in this episode, as well as a likeness to Daffy Duck. He also appears in the Imaginationland episodes giving plot ideas to the United States government. While he acts completely crazy, his ideas make more sense than directors M. Night Shyamalan (twists) and those of Michael Bay (overuse of special effects). As Mel Gibson is interviewed, he repeatedly twists his own nipples leading the officials to state that while he may be crazy, at least he knows story structure.
  • Michael Jackson is portrayed with the character "Mr. Jefferson" in the episode "The Jeffersons", in which he moves to South Park with his son Blanket to a house full of arcade games and animals, inevitably attracting all the kids in the town. He is later parodied in the season 13 episode "Dead Celebrities" as a ghost possessing Ike because of his denial of being dead, being a man, being an adult and being black.
  • Paris Hilton is caricatured as a "skank" in "Stupid Spoiled Whore Video Playset". The episode implies (and in some cases explicitly states) that Paris Hilton is a stupid, spoiled, drunken whore who has done nothing to deserve her fame except being rich and spoiled. The episode also criticizes how she has become a role model for young girls (the girls of South Park, with the exception of Wendy Testaburger, quickly take up her supposedly promiscuous and mindless attitude towards life after the opening of the "Stupid spoiled whore" shop).
  • Tom Cruise and John Travolta are famously caricatured in "Trapped in the Closet" for their participation in Scientology. This episode resulted in the departure of Isaac Hayes as Chef in "The Return of Chef", where Chef is brainwashed into a made-up organization lampooning Scientology (of which Hayes is a member, and claimed religious insult because of "Closet"). The title of the "Closet" episode references "Trapped in the Closet" by R. Kelly, who is also a participant in "Closet."
  • Prior to "Trapped in the Closet", Travolta was featured in "The Entity", demonstrating Mr. Garrison's monowheel vehicle known as "IT."
  • George Clooney is considered a source of "smug" in "Smug Alert!" for his speech giving Hollywood credit in the American Civil Rights Movement, and in the movie for the doctor.
  • David Blaine is satirized in "Super Best Friends" as being the leader of a cult known as Blaintology.
  • In the episode "Red Hot Catholic Love", Martha Stewart uses Cartman's method of digestion (which involves shoving food up the anus and defecating out the mouth) to eat a whole turkey.
  • In the episode "Here Comes the Neighborhood", Token convinces rich African-American celebrities such as Will Smith, Oprah Winfrey, Sean Combs and Bill Cosby (who is shown having an obsession with Jell-O pudding) to move to South Park. Oprah also makes an appearance on the episode "A Million Little Fibers", where she talks about selecting Towelie's memoirs as her book of the month.
  • U.S. Army troops mistake a goat for Fleetwood Mac lead vocalist Stevie Nicks in the episode "Osama bin Laden Has Farty Pants".
  • In the episode "Tsst", Cesar Millan from the show Dog Whisperer is brought in to discipline Cartman after Nanny 911 and Supernanny fail.
  • Al Gore is satirized in the episode "ManBearPig", where he warns the town of South Park about a terrible creature that is "half-man, half-bear and half-pig."
  • In the episode "Ginger Kids", when Cartman presents his report about red-haired, pale-skin, freckled people, his slideshow displays pictures of Carrot Top and Ron Howard.
  • The Fab Five from Queer Eye for the Straight Guy are parodied as Crab People in the episode "South Park Is Gay!".
  • In the episode "The Snuke", Hillary Clinton has a nuclear weapon in her vagina.
  • In the episode "Britney's New Look", Britney Spears' popularity is due to her being a sacrifice for corn Harvest.
  • In the episode "About Last Night...", Barack Obama, John McCain, Sarah Palin, and Michelle Obama are members of an elite team of professional thieves after the Hope Diamond.
  • In the episode "Imagination Land", Kurt Russell is depicted making fun of the movie Stargate. Where he goes into the imagination portal and gets raped by Cartman's made up forest critters.
  • In the episode "The Ring", The Jonas Brothers are part of an evil plot by Mickey Mouse, unbeknown to The Jonas Brothers, to help Mickey Mouse sell sex to young girls.
  • In the episode Sexual Healing instead of claiming responsibility for the sex scandals, various celebrities such as Michael Douglas, Michael Jordan, Ben Roethlisberger, David Duchovny, Charlie Sheen, David Letterman, Bill Clinton, Billy Bob Thornton, Kobe Bryant, Elliot Spitzer, and Tiger Woods use excuses such as sex Addiction cast on them by an "Alien Wizard" to justify their own actions.
  • In the episode "Prehistoric Ice Man", Marilyn Manson is performing a song called 'Stinky Britches' on a TV in a shop before Larry angrily smashes the glass and the TV.

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