I'm sure by now a lot of you have seen the recent season premiere of South Park entitled "Dead Celebrities."
I had heard about the episode almost a day prior to it airing but I didn't hear any details. Then, about 2 hours before the premiere I heard that it was definitely going to heavily involve Billy Mays and Michael Jackson.
As a long-time South Park fan, I knew that this could really go either way.
So I decided not to tell anyone about the episode in fear that Trey Parker and Matt Stone were going to completely disrespect my dad.
The episode begins and BM makes his first appearance very early on. The relieving part was that they seemed to just flat-out parody him by having him pitch all these different products as a ghost, haunting Kyle's younger brother Ike.
Now, I've always sort of understood that the offensiveness of South Park isn't the main goal..
The Creators' objective seems to be blunt social satire.
They notice the glaring absurdities of popular culture, and human affairs in general, then put a magnifying glass to them in an attempt to expose the underlying irony.
In this case, it was the obvious obsession with celebrity death in the media this summer that needed a bit of harmless ridicule.
Besides one tasteless shot of David Carradine, I thought the episode also doubled as a tribute (in a twisted, SP kind of way) to all the fallen public figures recently.
I know that a lot of the families of the other celebrites may have been quite offended by the use of their loved one's image in such an mature-themed show, but I believe that most of the characters parodied in the episode would've been proud to be included in such a star-studded lineup.
My stance is that it goes to show what success my dad, and other lesser-known celebs, accomplished from more humble beginnings to be mentioned in the same sentence as Ed McMahon, Walter Cronkite, and even Michael Jackson.
Besides, it was clear that someone over at South Park Studios had some respect for Billy Mays judging by most of Cartman's dialogue.
Many people ask me about the very end in which all of the celebrities are taken to 'Hell.' (or South Park's version of it) Honestly, that's South Park. Giving that one final, offensive twist on the theme for good measure.
Anyway, everyone knows that 'Hell' in the South Park Universe is not exactly as serious as eternal damnation-
It's run by a flamboyantly gay and whiny Satan whose lover at one point was a very domineering Saddam Hussein....
Can you really take something like that seriously?
I speak for myself only when I say that South Park warmed my heart with a tasteful parody of my dad's image. I can tell you from experience that he would've been flattered and humbled by being featured in such a historic show. (Even if he didn't quite 'get it')
What we can all learn from this is not to take EVERYTHING so seriously... including ourselves.
If South Park is not your thing, don't even watch the episode.
But if you want to witness the hilarity, parody, and satire first-hand...
Click the link below at your own risk:
(Viewer discretion is advised)