Trey Parker and Matt Stone admit it: they've gone too far.
A South Park
episode slated to be aired two weeks from now was suddenly pulled from Comedy Central's planned schedule yesterday. Most people didn't notice or care, but a few die-hard fans demanded answers. Comedy Central, fearful that it's producers would think they were censoring content released a press statement stating that it was pulled at the request of the show creators.
"You know that Frank Sinatra movie about how he's going to kill the president, the one that he made before JFK was shot and then JFK got shot and he tried to buy all the copies of the movie and refused to allow it to be shown? Well, it's like that, but ten times worse," said Stone.
Added Parker: "We're known for leaving no sacred cows unslaughtered, but some cows are meant to live. I guess."
What exactly made these fearless satirists a little fearful? They refuse to say. Parker and Stone have gone so far as to make legal arrangements with themselves and the entire South Park
creative team that states the any release of information concerning the episode would be cause, not only of losing their jobs, but a five million dollar fee.
"We thought for a minute that five million bucks is steep but then we watched the episode again and thought that it was too low. I normally don't laugh after a show's actually been made, but this one didn't even make me smile. It was atrocious. Dreadful. Despicable. Inhumane. Inhuman. Unfathomable. Awful. Where my mind was when we wrote that one--well, I don't think I want to go back there again," Stone said with wide eyes while gently shaking his head.
"It was so bad that we had to go to a thesaurus to get all the words that Matt just used to describe it," Parked added to Stone again.
Some fans wonder if its just a marketing ploy to create a "lost episode" of South Park
, something that will live in pop culture lore like what Brian Wilson's Smile
would have sounded like if he hadn't gone crazy.
Parked became visibly agitated at the idea, "If someone thinks that, that's cool, I guess. But they're retarded."
Stone added to Parker, "And if someone suggests we just didn't do an episode because we're lazy, I'm going to beat the living shit out of them."
Comedy Central said in its press release that free creativity for its talent is an utmost concern and that it was more than happy to pull the episode. "No one at this company would want to do something to frustrate or irritate anyone at one of our most popular shows."
The network also said that they would run the previous night's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
for ninth time in the unaired South Park
"We get a ratings spike no matter when we air The Daily Show